Wagering on Derby Soars to Record $118M

Wagering on Saturday's 132nd Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) at Churchill Downs shattered several records, including a North American mark for total betting on a single race, as an on-track crowd of 157,536 saw Lael Stable's unbeaten Barbaro dominate the "Run for the Roses."

The attendance total was the second largest in the history of the Derby. It trailed only the crowd of 163,628 that saw Cannonade with the 100th Derby in 1974 and bettered last year's attendance figure of 156,435 in the first Kentucky Derby conducted after the completion of the historic track's $121 million renovation. It also marked the fifth time in eight years that Derby attendance had surpassed 150,000.

Total wagering on the Kentucky Derby, which includes on-track and simulcast betting, soared to $118,426,874, a gain of nearly 14% from the 2005 total of $103,985,374. The total shattered the North American record for wagering on a single race established in the 2005 Derby, which was the first race in North America to attract betting of more than $100 million.

Wagering from all sources on the 12-race Kentucky Derby Day card at Churchill Downs totaled $175,129,090, an increase of more than 12% from 2005's 12-race total of $155,840,495.

On-track wagering on the Kentucky Derby race totaled a record $12,075,504, up nearly 13% over last year's total of $10,706,881. Betting at Churchill Downs on the entire 12-race program climbed to $24,463,927, a jump of more than 7% over the 2005 Derby Day total of $10,706,881.