Kentucky Derby proves to be a race of numbers

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- It’s Kentucky Derby weekend at Churchill Downs, and from the fashion to the special drinks, and of course, the money, there’s a whole lot more going on than just horse racing.

We’ll start with the number “2.” For such a big event, The Kentucky Derby takes just two minutes to run.

“We scoured news reports, data collections from previous years to really come up with a thorough list for the thoroughbreds,” said WalletHub analyst Jill Gonzalez.

The personal finance website came up with a list of “Kentucky Derby by the Numbers.” Here are some of the findings:

170,000 -- the number of attendees expected at this year’s event

$60 -- the price of a general admission ticket

90% -- of females will wear a hat

$500-1,000 -- the price range of each of those hats

1,000 pounds of fresh mint for mint juleps

127,000 -- the number of mint juleps served

$2 million -- the amount the owners of the winning horse will be paid

$200,000 -- the estimated value of the trophy

But the winners aren’t not the only ones reaping the benefits.

“We’re looking at a $4 billion horse racing economic impact within Kentucky. Just form the Derby alone, that’s $400 million in one day. Churchill itself makes $82 million in profit,” explained Gonzalez.

The final number?, 16 million -- the estimated number of people who will be watching the Derby from home.



 
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