Churchill Downs and six other historic and cultural sites in Metro Louisville were honored by the Louisville Historical League at the historic home of the Kentucky Derby on Thursday for being selected by voters as being among the community’s “7 Wonders of Louisville.”

More than 6,000 votes were cast in the community-wide contest sponsored by the office of Louisville Metro Mayor Jerry Abramson, the Louisville Historical League and Churchill Downs received the largest number of votes and was honored as the community’s “Top Wonder.” General Manager Jim Gates accepted a plaque that noted the honor in a winner’s circle ceremony after Thursday’s second race.

“Churchill Downs has long held a special place in the hearts and minds of residents of our community,” said Gates. “We are honored to be included on this impressive and varied list of community treasures, and doubly-honored to be the top vote-getter. This wonderful city has been our home for 134 years and we appreciate the support and affection from our neighbors that has made our track a Louisville ‘Wonder’.”

Other community treasures selected as “Wonders” from an original list of 20 nominated sites are the Belle of Louisville, Cave Hill Cemetery, the Falls of the Ohio, the Olmsted Parks System, the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory, and Waverly Hills. Representatives of all but the latter were on hand for the Churchill Downs ceremony to accept certificates from Steve Wiser of the Louisville Historical League that recognized each as a Louisville “Wonder.”

The Louisville Historical League is dedicated to promoting the appreciation and preservation of the Louisville Metropolitan area’s cultural heritage and historic environment. More information is available at

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