Clean-up at Churchill Downs a daunting task after Derby

By Marisela Burgos - bio | email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Almost 165,000 people watched the 137th Run for the Roses at the legendary Churchill Downs.

Officials said it was the biggest crowd in its history. The last time that many people packed the track was 1974. On Saturday, thousands of fans watched Jockey John Velazquez and Animal Kingdom win the Kentucky Derby.

The following morning, tons of people visited the track, not for the races, but to pick-up the trash left behind by thousands of fans.

The clean-up is part of a fundraiser. Stan Hardin, who helps to oversee kids cleaning, said it benefits a number of sports teams from across Kentuckiana.

"I looked on TV yesterday. It looked like ants out here [the infield]. There were so many [people]. I thought....'oh my goodness what a bunch of trash we're going to have to do today,'" Hardin said.

Churchill Downs officials have not released the total amount of trash picked-up or how much the teams were paid for their services.

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