1000 Private Planes Fly in for Kentucky Derby, Impact Stats

It was a weekend filled with action from the world of horseracing as the Kentucky Derby stood out as the race that everyone watches and wanted to watch. However the 2000 Guineas and 1000 Guineas from Newmarket followed closes as did the Kzn Guineas and Fillies Guineas from Greyville.

For locals the Drill Hall had one of its best renewals and in Japan the NHK Mile was a highlight.

Here are some stats ftom the Kentucky Derby this weekend.

- Attendance 150 335 (147 294 in 2022)
- 149th running (tickets for next year's 150th is already being advertised)
- US $3m Prizemoney for the race, pays to 5th only.
- 93 percent hotel occupancy in 2023 for that weekend in Louisville and more than 80 percent for the greater area.
- US $400m direct impact on the economy
- US $360m for actually Derby Day and rest for the 2 week buildup.
- 250k people attended in total for the festival
- 15m viewers of the race
- The world's celebs often attend with special events like 'riders up' hosted by a VIP.
- 1000 private aircrafts were parked in Louisville airport for the weekend of the Derby.
- Wagering for the day set a new record of US$288.7 million (US$273.8 million for 2022).
- The race itself Kentucky Derby, US$188.7 million a record (beating 2022 US$179.0 million).
- Derby Week set a new record of US$412.0 million, beating last year’s record of US$391.8 million. 

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