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American thoroughbred racing top attended events

This is a listing of the top attended stakes race for thoroughbred racing in North America by year. This chart will list the paid attendance to the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky; the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland; the Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky; the Belmont Stakes in Elmont, New York; and for Saturday of the Breeders' Cup World Championships whose location rotates annually.[1]


Year

Kentucky Derby

Preakness Stakes

Kentucky Oaks

Belmont Stakes

Breeders' Cup
Saturday

Breeders' Cup
Friday

2010

155,804

96,760 #

116,046

45,243

t.b.a.

t.b.a.

2009

153,563

77,850 #

110,336

52,861

58,845

37,651

2008

157,770

121,876

100,046

94,476

55,331

31,237

2007

156,635

132,221

100,175

46,870

69,584

27,803

2006

157,536

128,643

108,065

61,168

75,132

not run

2005

156,435

125,687

111,243

62,274

54,289

not run

2004

140,054

124,351

98,445

120,139

53,717

not run

2003

148,530

109,931

100,523

101,864

51,486

not run

2002

145,033

117,055

101,932

103,222

46,118

not run

2001

154,210

118,926

102,904

73,857

52,987

not run

2000

153,204

111,821

106,156

67,810

76,043

not run

1999

151,051

116,526

101,034

85,818

45,124

not run

1998

143,215

103,269

94,415

80,162

80,452

not run

1997

141,981

102,118

92,547

70,682

51,161

not run

1996

142,668

97,751

91,830

40,797

42,243

not run

1995

144,110

100,818

87,383

37,171

37,246

not run

1994

130,594

99,834

80,321

42,695

71,671

not run

1993

136,817

97,641

81,882

45,037

55,130

not run

1992

132,543

96,865

79,824

50,204

45,415

not run

1991

135,554

96,695

73,785

51,766

66,204

not run

1990

128,257

96,106

67,483

50,123

51,236

not run

1989

122,653

98,896

67,115

64,949

51,342

not run

1988

137,694

88,654

64,735

56,223

71,237

not run

1987

130,532

87,945

62,689

64,772

57,734

not run

1986

123,819

87,652

58,893

42,555

69,155

not run

1985

108,573

81,235

52,865

43,446

42,568

not run

1984

126,453

80,566

53,402

56,677

64,254

not run

1983

134,444

71,768

54,601

56,677

not run

not run

1982

141,009

80,724

52,430

46,050

not run

not run

1981

139,195

84,133

51,918

61,200

not run

not run

1980

131,859

83,455

49,556

58,883

not run

not run

1979

128,488

72,607

not avail.

59,073

not run

not run

1978

131,004

81,261

not avail.

65,417

not run

not run

1977

124,038

77,346

not avail.

71,026

not run

not run

1976

115,387

62,256

not avail.

58,788

not run

not run

1975

113,324

75,216

not avail.

60,611

not run

not run

1974

163,628

54,911

not avail.

52,153

not run

not run

1973

134,476

61,657

not avail.

67,605

not run

not run

1972

130,564

48,721

not avail.

54,635

not run

not run

1971

123,284

47,221

not avail.

82,694

not run

not run

1970

105,087

42,474

not avail.

54,299

not run

not run

a # signifies that Maryland Jockey Club President Tom Chuckas banned BYOB in 2009 that resulted in a significant decrease in attendance.

References

  1. 2009 The Original Racing Almanac, page 140 for Kentucky Derby, page 156 for the Preakness Stakes, page 241 for Kentucky Oaks, page 167 for Belmont Stakes, page 184 Breeders' Cup, June 26, 2008.
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