Churchill Downs : America's Most Historic Racetrack

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-03-22
  • Publisher: History Pr
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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

Forewordp. 9
Acknowledgementsp. 11
Prologue: Horse Racing in Louisvillep. 13
The Early Years: The Reign of Colonel Clarkp. 19
A New Beginning: The Start of the Matt Winn Erap. 34
The Roaring Twentiesp. 47
The 1930s: The Depression Yearsp. 52
The 1940s: Wartime and Winnersp. 63
The 1950s: The Age of Televisionp. 73
The 1960s: A Time of Unrestp. 77
The 1970s: Secretariat, Slew and a Duel for the Agesp. 80
The 1980s: Glamour and Gutsp. 86
The 1990s: Moments of Greatnessp. 90
The New Millennium: Barbaro and Beyondp. 94
Presidents of Churchill Downsp. 107
Churchill Downs Track Recordsp. 109
Kentucky Derby Winnersp. 111
Kentucky Oaks Winnersp. 119
Clark Handicap Winnersp. 127
Breeders' Cup Winnersp. 135
Notesp. 139
About the Authorp. 143
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