Racing & Wagering

Track Specifications

Churchill Downs Main Track:

  • One mile oval with a one mile chute
  • Homestretch: 80 feet wide
  • Backstretch: 80 feet wide
  • 4% banking on turns
  • Distance from six-furlong start to first turn: 1,401 feet
  • Distance from seven-furlong start to first turn: 2,085 feet
  • Distance from 1 mile start to first turn: 2,745 feet
  • Distance from 11⁄16 mile start to first turn: 485 feet
  • Distance from 11⁄8 mile start to first turn: 815 feet
  • Distance from 11⁄4 mile start to first turn: 1,463 feet
  • Distance from 13⁄4 mile start to first turn: 1,401 fee
  • Distance from final turn to finish line: 1,235 feet

Churchill Downs Main Track Section

3” Sandy Loam Cushion
5” Sandy Loam Cushion Compacted
12” Clay Base
25” Sandy Loam/Natural Soil

Matt Winn Turf Course:

  • Seven furlong oval
  • Homestretch: 80 feet wide
  • Backstretch: 80 feet wide
  • 6% banking on turns
  • Distance from five-furlongs start to first turn: 1,095 feet
  • Distance from 1-mile start to first turn: 815 feet
  • Distance from 13⁄8 mile start to first turn: 485 feet
  • Distance from 11⁄2 mile start to first turn: 1,095 feet
  • Distance from final turn to finish line: 1,222 feet

Churchill Downs Turf Track Section

6” High Kentucky 31 Fescue
14” Course Masonry Sand
25” Sandy Loam/Natural Soil

Gate Placement

Main Track

  • 6 Furlongs: 100 feet from starting gate to point where timing begins
  • 7 Furlongs: 50 feet from starting gate to point where timing begins
  • 1 Mile: 30 feet from starting gate to point where timing begins
  • 11⁄16 Miles: 45 feet from starting gate to point where timing begins
  • 11⁄8 Miles: 50 feet from starting gate to point where timing begins
  • 11⁄4 Miles: 45 feet from starting gate to point where timing begins
  • 13⁄4 Miles: 100 feet from starting gate to point where timing begins

Gate Placement

Matt Winn Turf Course

  • 5 Furlongs: 50 feet from starting gate to point where timing begins
  • 1 Mile: 50 feet from starting gate to point where timing begins
  • 13⁄8 Miles: 50 feet from starting gate to point where timing begins
  • 11⁄2 Miles: 45 feet from starting gate to point where timing begins

Churchill Downs Stable Area

  • Stabling Capacity: 1,424
  • Barns: 47
  • Dormitory and Tack Room Capacity: 501
  • Church: 65