Derby Wagering Establishes North American Record

From Churchill Downs
Although totals are not complete, wagering on the 2002 Kentucky Derby will establish betting records for both the race and the overall Derby Day card. A total of $79,094,806 was wagered on the Kentucky Derby, with overall betting on the entire 11-race card at

The total for the 2002 Derby Day program at Churchill Downs sets a North American record for single-day wagering.  The previous high was $108,603,040 wagered on the 2000 Breeders' Cup Championship, which was also held at Churchill Downs.

Overall wagering on the Kentucky Derby race grew 11.11 percent over the previous record of $71,189,142 set last year. The on-track total for the day -- which included an additional race -- rose 9.73 percent to a record $19,400,818. The previous Derby Day record, established in 2000, included wagering on 10 races as compared to 11 races for this year.  Overall betting on the entire 11-race card grew 14.51 over the previous best of $107,598,904 established in 2001.

On-track wagering on the race was $8,630,408, as compared to last year's $8,360,273, an increase of 3.23 percent, but fell just below the record of $8,737,659 established in 2000.