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Derby Day, 1976

Posted on May 2, 2015 | in Uncategorized | by
View from behind the clubhouse of the Churchill Downs garden on Derby Day, May 1, 1976. The paddock can be seen towards the upper right side of the photo. Ten years later, Churchill Downs, which was in the midst of a $25 million renovation, opened its fall meet with a $2.6 million paddock- toteboard complex behind the clubhouse that is used today. The renovation included 20 red-oak paneled stalls in a saddling facility. The old paddock was converted into a pavilion with a seating area. The improvements were intended to make the track more competitive with other tracks and forms of entertainment, as well as more attractive for television coverage. In the old paddock, not all of the horses could always be seen. Today, the garden includes a statues of jockey Pat Day and Aristides, the horse that won the first Run for the Roses in 1875. Photo by Ron Garrison | staff

The view from behind the clubhouse of the Churchill Downs garden on Derby Day, May 1, 1976. The paddock can be seen toward the upper right. Ten years later, Churchill Downs, in the midst of a $25 million renovation, opened its fall meet with a $2.6 million paddock-toteboard complex behind the clubhouse that is used today. The renovation included 20 red oak-paneled stalls in a saddling center. The old paddock was converted into a pavilion with a seating area. The improvements were intended to make the track more competitive with other tracks and forms of entertainment, and more attractive for television coverage. In the old paddock, not all of the horses could always be seen. Today, the garden includes a statue of jockey Pat Day and one of Aristides, the horse that won the first Run for the Roses in 1875. Photo by Ron Garrison | Staff

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