Kentucky Derby day sets records for handle, attendance – Thoroughbred Times
It was a record-breaking 138th running of the $2-million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) on Saturday as a crowd of 165,307, the largest in history, gathered on a beautiful day at Churchill Downs to watch Reddam Racing’s California-based I’ll Have Another rally to defeat favored Bodemeister and win the roses that go to the winner of America’s greatest race. The on-track attendance erased the previous record of 164,858 that was established just last year. The record attendance prior to 2011 was the crowd of 163,628 who gathered for the 100th Kentucky Derby in 1974.