Record setting Oaks, Derby for Churchill Downs

Record setting Oaks, Derby for Churchill Downs

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LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 05: The field comes down the final stretch during the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)


by WHAS11

Posted on May 5, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Updated Saturday, May 5 at 10:29 PM

(WHAS11) -- Churchill Downs reported a record attendance for Derby 138. Multiple reports state the crowds topped 165,000 for the Kentucky Derby.

A record amount of wagering for the Kentucky Oaks was also reported.

According to Churchill Downs wagering on the entire Oaks race day card totaled $35.9 million which is up 6.5 percent from 2011.

More than 112,000 people went to the downs for the Oaks which is 2,000 more than in 2011.

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