Matt Winn attended his first Kentucky Derby, the first Kentucky Derby, in 1875 at the age of 14.
Over the next 75 years he served as a pioneer and innovator of horse racing at the iconic Churchill Downs Racetrack and his impact would change the landscape of the Kentucky Derby forever.
Winn’s passion for Churchill Downs is evident in the many traditions that we still hold dear today: the design of the coveted Derby Trophy, the official Mint Julep glass, the garland of roses, the singing of “My Old Kentucky Home” during the post parade and the pari-mutuel wagering system just to name a few.
Matt Winn’s Steakhouse pays homage to the legacy of Colonel Winn. Oh, if these walls could talk… Millionaires Row, the fabled Room 20 – Colonel Winn’s private nook, Derby history – rich with lure and tall tales… to new beginnings forging new traditions. Matt Winn started it all. His treasured view is now in your gaze. Take a look around. From the endless veranda to a lap around the handsome bar. Cushy seating, incomparable service, tableside charcuterie and a bourbon selection that is second to none. It’s all in front of you, but don’t worry, we understand, your best bet is the show out the window.