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Churchill Downs celebrates Thanksgiving

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A lot of people like potatoes and pie with their Thanksgiving dinner, but thousands of people from the Louisville area added a little horse racing to their turkey dinner.

Churchill downs served 7,000 turkey dinners Thursday and even more people came out for the races.

"We typically have 10,000 people on hand, serve about 7,000 turkey dinners with all the trimmings, and it really makes for a great day at the races," Darren Rogers with Churchill Downs said.

Scott Goodman and his family came to Churchill Downs this year for the holiday to celebrate Goodman's late stepfather.

"This was his Mecca," Goodman said. "So we decided, you know, that in his honor, we were all going to come out and celebrate Thanksgiving at Churchill Downs. This was the perfect way to enjoy the horse racing. It's in my blood, and the turkey's going to be in my stomach so it's a good combination.

To add to the exciting day, the 10th race was the 50,000th race in Churchill Downs history.

"The first race was run on May 17, 1875," Rogers said. "Bonaventure won it. It was a four-year-old Filly."  

Thanksgiving weekend wraps the fall meet at Churchill Downs.

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