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The 150th Kentucky Derby set a new record with $446 million in bets placed.

Following another thrilling Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, the renowned racetrack has revealed impressive statistics. On Derby day, a crowd of 156,710 fans gathered at the venue, eager to witness their favorites in action and place their bets. The total bets placed during the event reached $446 million, highlighting the enduring popularity of the races.

Mystik Dan, presented by Woodford Reserve, clinched the victory at the 150th Kentucky Derby, securing the coveted Garland of Roses with odds of 18-1. Despite challenging weather conditions and cloudy skies, Mystik Dan surged ahead to claim the win.

Records shattered

The total bets placed during the Kentucky Derby Day program reached a staggering $320.5 million, marking an 11.1% increase from the previous year’s $288.7 million.

The Kentucky Derby race alone attracted an unprecedented $210.7 million in all-source bets, surpassing the previous record of $188.7 million set in 2023.

Throughout Derby Week, the handle reached an all-time high of $446.6 million, exceeding last year’s total of $412.0 million.

While the number of visitors surpassed the 2023 attendance of 150,335, the record still stands at 170,513 visitors in 2015.

TwinSpires, the official partner of the race, reported $92.1 million in wagers on Churchill Downs races, up from $75.5 million in 2023.

The global appeal of the Derby was evident with two starters from Japan, Forever Young finishing third and T O Password finishing fifth.

Churchill Downs Inc. introduced a new Paddock featuring luxury reserved seating areas, including the Woodford Reserve Paddock Club and Sports Illustrated’s Club SI, allowing visitors to get a close look at the horses and the racetrack.

Bill Carstanjen, CEO of Churchill Downs Inc., commented on the milestone 150th Run for the Roses, stating, “The Kentucky Derby is a testament to the enduring spirit of sportsmanship, unity, and the power of tradition. We were honored to debut our transformational new Paddock as we celebrated this milestone. The new Paddock has fundamentally enhanced the experience of all of our guests. We expect the Kentucky Derby Week Adjusted EBITDA to reflect a new record with $26 to $28 million of growth over the prior record set last year. As we reflect on 150 years of our storied past, we remain committed to innovating new experiences for Derby fans.”