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The Real Cost of Attending the Kentucky Derby

By Ben Steverman - 2013-05-02T19:33:55Z

Photograph by Charlie Riedel/AP Photo

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There are 12 races at Churchill Downs on Friday, May 3, and another 13 on Saturday. To keep track of them all -- and maybe place a wager -- pick up the $15 Ultimate Kentucky Derby Fan Guide, published by the Daily Racing Form. An official Churchill Downs program costs $7. Gamblers bet a record $187 million on the races last year, a 13 percent increase from 2011 that brought almost $1 million in tax revenue to Kentucky's coffers.