The Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs
This panoramic photograph of Churchill Downs was taken
by Christopher Gjevre. Taken during the Kentucky Derby, a race first run
during the tracks inaugural race meet on May 17th, 1875, and run continuously
since its debut. A new grandstand was completed in 1895 that was complimented
by Twin Spires atop the roof. The Twin Spires would become the symbol of
Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby. A 7/8-mile turf track lies inside
of a one-mile sand track. The Kentucky Derby has been referred to as the
"greatest two minutes in sports" and was first telecast nationally in 1952.
Welcome to the world's most famous race track! From James Blakeway's
breathtaking Worldwide Panoramas collection comes this race-day
view of Louisville's legendary horse racing venue, packed with fans, bettors,
and horsemen on a beautiful spring day in the heartland. Perfect for the
wall of anyone who has been to the derby, or has a dream of one day making
it to the Downs for the big day. A truly spectacular piece for your wall!