Pouring rain didn’t seem to lessen the attendance at Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, and it surely didn’t stop folks from gambling. In fact, yesterday’s 14-race program set a Kentucky Derby record with a handle of $227.5 million, surpassing the previous record of $209.2 million that was set last year.

The Derby race itself also set a record with wagers totaling $149.9 million, an 8% increase from 2017.

As for the attendance, 157,813 people packed themselves into Churchill Downs for the event, the eighth-highest total in Derby history.

 

Photo:  Mike Smith aboard Justify (7) crosses the finish line to win the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.

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