Wagering from all-sources on the Kentucky Derby program totaled US$233 million, up 85% compared to the 2020 Kentucky Derby programme that was pushed back to September because of COVID-19. All-sources wagering on the Kentucky Derby race was US$155.4 million, up 96% from last year’s Derby race.
TwinSpires, the official wagering partner of the Kentucky Derby, recorded preliminary record handle of US$62.7 million on Churchill Downs races for the Kentucky Derby Day programme, an increase of 66% over the prior year. TwinSpires recorded preliminary record handle on the Kentucky Derby race alone of US$40.8 million, up 75% over 2020.
“Today it was incredibly gratifying to welcome our fans back to Churchill Downs for the 147th running of the Kentucky Derby,” said Bill Carstanjen, CEO of CDI. “We will continue to invest in this iconic event as we create unique and once-in-a-lifetime experiences in the coming years for our guests.”