CHURCHILL DOWNS: HOME OF KENTUCKY DERBY, THE WORLD’S MOST HALLOWED THOROUGHBRED RACE
They have been racing at this track for 140 years. It is the longest-running sporting event in American history. And on Oct 12, Elizabeth and I had a dream come true. We got to visit and walk on the hallowed ground of Churchill Downs, the home of Kentucky Derby, arguably the world’s most famous horse race.
And the tickets to this amazing event are similarly stunning. In 2014, the best seats cost between $10,000 and $14,000, according to our Kentucky Derby guide. And even then, you could only bid on them by invitation.
Yet this event is attended every May by about 165,000 horse fans. The infield tickets, by the, way, start at $50. But as our guide pointed out, you can’t see anything from there anyway. So it’s all about breathing the same air as the Kentucky Derby winner.
As you peruse this tidbit before deciding whether or not to take out a second mortgage so you could be at the 2015 Kentucky Derby, here are a few shots as “appetizers” along with two videos.
A film by Bob Altzar Djurdjevic – filmed on location at Churchill Downs on Oct 12, 2014 – edited at Eagle’s Nest, Scottsdale on Oct 15 – includes footage of the full 2014 Kentucky Derby race and excerpts from Churchill Down 16-min video made for a surround (iMax-style) screen
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Elizabeth riding as jockey in mock Kentucky Derby race – a film by Bob Altzar Djurdjevic – filmed at Churchill Downs on Oct 12, 2014
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And now, here are some still shots from our visit to Churchill Downs…