Derby fans weathered a continuous late-afternoon rain as Country House seized the 145th Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve over a sloppy track. Wagering from all-sources was the greatest all-time on the Kentucky Derby Day program and on the Kentucky Derby race.
Wagering from all-sources on the Kentucky Derby Day program totaled $250.9 million, an 11% growth over the 2018 total and previous record of $225.7 million. Wagering from all-sources on the Kentucky Derby race increased 10% to $165.5 million from the prior record of $149.9 million set annually. This year’s wagering record includes $4.1 million of handle wagered in Japan for this being the first year the Kentucky Derby has been offered for wagering in the country.
Attendance of 150,729 decreased 4% compared to last year, as the danger of an all-day rain forecast kept many fans off.
This year’s Derby bag was raised $1 million to a guaranteed $3 million making it the richest in history for America’s biggest race and first leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown. “We are deeply grateful to each of the lovers of the Kentucky Derby across the world who once again made this a fantastic and memorable experience,” explained Bill Carstanjen, CEO of Churchill Downs Incorporated (“CDI”). “We expect the Kentucky Derby Week Adjusted EBITDA to signify another record with $4.5-to-$6.0 million of growth over this past year.”
TwinSpires, the nation’s top online and cellular betting platform along with also the official betting partner of the Kentucky Derby, listed $48.4 million in manage on Churchill Downs races to the Kentucky Derby Day program, a rise of 20% over the prior year. TwinSpires’ handle on the Kentucky Derby race alone was $30.2 million, up 23 percent over 2018.
All-sources manage for Opening Night, Saturday, April 27, through Derby Day, Saturday, May 4, climbed to a fresh record of $343.0 million, up 10% from the prior record of $311.2 million set annually. Attendance for those five days was 360,237down 4.
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