The History of Churchill Downs

The History of Churchill Downs

Churchill Downs has been home to the most exciting 2 minutes of racing since 1875.  Churchill Downs was named after John and Henry Churchill, who leased the land to their nephew, Col. Meriwether Lewis Clark, Jr (grandson of William Clark of the famous Lewis and Clark team). The Founding of Churchill Downs When Clark founded Churchill Downs, Kentucky’s thoroughbred horse racing and breeding industry was in decline.  Kentucky was damaged by the civil war, but Clark was looking for a way to revitalize the horse industry.  Clark started the Louisville Jockey Club and sold subscriptions to the track to fund … Read More