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In the Late Eighteenth Century, in the bustling city streets of Louisville, began a tradition, of thoroughbred racing that has transcended centuries. Follow Kimberly Gatto as she chronicles the history of the world's most famous racing venue, which revolutionized the "Sport of Kings" and created the Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Oaks and Clark Handicap races. Fasns will enjoy the tales of various horses, from the early triumph of Ten Broeck over Mollie McCarthy to the Derby victory of the heroic Barbara. Churchill Downs: Americas Most Historic Racetrack recounts how various financial hardships, the introduction of parimutuel wagering, the construction of the famed twin spires and the age of television transformed Churchill Downs into the majestic track we recognize today. Book jacket.
Table of Contents
|Prologue: Horse Racing in Louisville||p. 13|
|The Early Years: The Reign of Colonel Clark||p. 19|
|A New Beginning: The Start of the Matt Winn Era||p. 34|
|The Roaring Twenties||p. 47|
|The 1930s: The Depression Years||p. 52|
|The 1940s: Wartime and Winners||p. 63|
|The 1950s: The Age of Television||p. 73|
|The 1960s: A Time of Unrest||p. 77|
|The 1970s: Secretariat, Slew and a Duel for the Ages||p. 80|
|The 1980s: Glamour and Guts||p. 86|
|The 1990s: Moments of Greatness||p. 90|
|The New Millennium: Barbaro and Beyond||p. 94|
|Presidents of Churchill Downs||p. 107|
|Churchill Downs Track Records||p. 109|
|Kentucky Derby Winners||p. 111|
|Kentucky Oaks Winners||p. 119|
|Clark Handicap Winners||p. 127|
|Breeders' Cup Winners||p. 135|
|About the Author||p. 143|
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