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Kentucky Derby sets new wagering records

Marty Finley

The rain and reduced crowd did not hamper bettors' appetites for Kentucky Derby wagering this year. In fact, the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby set new betting records. Churchill Downs Racetrack said in a news release that wagering from all sources for the Kentucky Derby Day program hit $250.9 million, which was up 11 percent from last year's Derby and shattered the previous record of $225.7 million.