It was a first for Churchill Downs in its 135 year history...nighttime horse racing. More than 28,000 fans turned out for the first "Downs After Dark" event. Race officials say a normal Friday attendance is 7500.
Vice President of Racing Communications John Asher says the venture is a market test. Asher says Churchill Downs is always looking for ways to draw more fans and hopes that evening racing will be a successful. There will be two more evening races in the next two weeks. After those races, officials will determine if they are successful enough to have every year. Asher says only a few races would be held in the evening, not the entire season.