I received news the other day from Churchill Downs Inc., saying they are going to (finally) install permanent lights at their racetrack, which is of course the home of the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby 2010.
This follows on the hoofs of a review by the racetrack of their Churchill Downs’ Spring Meet night horse racing schedule. It was successful.
The racetrack had its first EVER night racing on June 19, June 26 and July 2, 2009. The average attendance each of the three nights was 29,705 with 33,481 in attendance the final evening, bringing the total attendance for the three nights of racing to 89,115.
“We found our racing fans loved the experience, officials said. The Company plans to invest in racing’s future despite the troubled economy and reduced handle throughout the industry.
Churchill Downs will poll fans and horsemen to assist in determining the optimum mix of day and night racing.