American thoroughbred racing top attended events

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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
The Preakness
Stakes
Kentucky
Oaks
Belmont
Stakes
Travers
Stakes
Breeders' Cup
Saturday
Breeders' Cup
Friday
2014 164,906 * 123,469 113,071 t.b.a. t.b.a. t.b.a. t.b.a.
2013 151,616 117,203 113,280 47,562 47,597 58,795 35,833
2012 165,307 121,309 112,552 85,811 46,528 55,123 34,619
2011 164,858 118,356 110,122 55,779 43,050 65,143 40,677
2010 155,804 96,760 116,046 45,243 45,764 72,739 41,614
2009 153,563 # 77,850 110,336 52,861 34,221 58,845 37,651
2008 157,770 121,876 100,046 94,476 40,723 55,331 31,237
2007 156,635 * 132,221 100,175 46,870 38,909 69,584 27,803
2006 157,536 128,643 108,065 61,168 44,199 75,132 not run
2005 156,435 125,687 111,243 62,274 42,841 54,289 not run
2004 140,054 124,351 98,445 120,139 48,894 53,717 not run
2003 148,530 109,931 100,523 101,864 66,122 51,486 not run
2002 145,033 117,055 101,932 103,222 not avail. 46,118 not run
2001 154,210 118,926 102,904 73,857 60,486 52,987 not run
2000 153,204 111,821 106,156 67,810 not avail. 76,043 not run
1999 151,051 116,526 101,034 85,818 not avail. 45,124 not run
1998 143,215 103,269 94,415 80,162 not avail. 80,452 not run
1997 141,981 102,118 92,547 70,682 not avail. 51,161 not run
1996 142,668 97,751 91,830 40,797 not avail. 42,243 not run
1995 144,110 100,818 87,383 37,171 48,773 37,246 not run
1994 130,594 99,834 80,321 42,695 not avail. 71,671 not run
1993 136,817 97,641 81,882 45,037 not avail. 55,130 not run
1992 132,543 96,865 79,824 50,204 not avail. 45,415 not run
1991 135,554 96,695 73,785 51,766 50,359 66,204 not run
1990 128,257 96,106 67,483 50,123 not avail. 51,236 not run
1989 122,653 98,896 67,115 64,949 not avail. 51,342 not run
1988 137,694 88,654 64,735 56,223 not avail. 71,237 not run
1987 130,532 87,945 62,689 64,772 not avail. 57,734 not run
1986 123,819 87,652 58,893 42,555 not avail. 69,155 not run
1985 108,573 81,235 52,865 43,446 not avail. 42,568 not run
1984 126,453 80,566 53,402 56,677 not avail. 64,254 not run
1983 134,444 71,768 54,601 56,677 not avail. not run not run
1982 141,009 80,724 52,430 46,050 not avail. not run not run
1981 139,195 84,133 51,918 61,200 not avail. not run not run
1980 131,859 83,455 49,556 58,883 not avail. not run not run
1979 128,488 72,607 47,000 59,073 not avail. not run not run
1978 131,004 81,261 not avail. 65,417 not avail. not run not run
1977 124,038 77,346 not avail. 71,026 not avail. not run not run
1976 115,387 62,256 not avail. 58,788 not avail. not run not run
1975 113,324 75,216 not avail. 60,611 not avail. not run not run
1974 163,628 54,911 not avail. 52,153 not avail. not run not run
1973 134,476 61,657 not avail. 67,605 not avail. not run not run
1972 130,564 48,721 not avail. 54,635 not avail. not run not run
1971 123,284 47,221 not avail. 82,694 not avail. not run not run
1970 105,087 42,474 not avail. 54,299 not avail. not run not run
1969 113,200 42,258 not avail. not avail. not avail. not run not run
1968 122,600 40,247 not avail. not avail. not avail. not run not run
1967 119,700 38,371 not avail. not avail. not avail. not run not run
1966 120,500 36,114 not avail. not avail. not avail. not run not run
1965 112,000 38,108 not avail. not avail. not avail. not run not run
1964 114,300 35,975 not avail. not avail. not avail. not run not run
1963 108,900 35,263 not avail. not avail. not avail. not run not run
1962 119,650 33,854 not avail. not avail. not avail. not run not run
1961 120,500 32,211 not avail. not avail. not avail. not run not run
1960 114,850 30,659 not avail. not avail. not avail. not run not run
1959 119,650 31,506 not avail. not avail. not avail. not run not run
1958 116,400 36,912 not avail. not avail. not avail. not run not run
1957 107,950 32,856 not avail. not avail. not avail. not run not run
1956 112,000 30,744 not avail. not avail. not avail. not run not run

#: The Maryland Jockey Club banned the infield's BYOB policy beginning in 2009. There was a significant decrease in attendance in 2009. [2]
*: The attendance record set in 2014 was the largest crowd ever at Pimlico Race Course. The attendance record set in 2007 was attained by adding the crowd at Pimlico and Laurel Park together. In 2007 and all years prior the Maryland Jockey always reported it's attendance using patrons at both facilities.

References[edit]

  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.
  2. ^ Associated Press