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    Kentucky Derby 2015 Broke Attendance, Wagering Records
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    Fans attending the Kentucky Derby this year totaled 170,513, a new record besting 2012’s previous record high of 165,307.

    And everybody came with betting cash.

    Wagering on Kentucky Derby day, from all sources, totaled $194.3 million, again beating the previous 2012 record of $187 million.

    Betting on the Kentucky Derby race itself was up 7 percent over 2014, reaching $137.9 million and beating the previous record – again from 2012 – of $133.1 million.

    Churchill Downs reports that it returned $154.3 million to bettors on the Kentucky Derby day race program. Purses earned from the Kentucky Derby day race program approximated $10.7 million that will be paid out to horsemen during the remainder of the 2015 race meets.

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    A transplanted Hawkeye, I've now lived in Louisville longer than any other city. Can't live without: my husband and fur babies, coal-black coffee, peanut M&Ms, sunflowers, monthly vacations, books, walking paths, massage and a big purse.

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