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LouisvilleKY’s Churchill Downs Spring Meet Set to Close With a Bang

Story by Kevin Kerstein, Churchill Down Communications, at Louisville, KY., – The 38-day Spring Meet at Churchill Downs is set to close this week with a stellar eight-race program for Twilight Thursday presented by Blue Moon, a special 11-race program on Friday and a 12-race extravaganza on closing day Saturday, including a trio of stakes events. “We’ve been so appreciative for all of our owners, trainers and handicappers for supporting this year’s Spring Meet,” said Ben Huffman, Churchill Downs’ Vice President of Racing. “With the boosted purse structure from Derby City Gaming, the support for our racing has been stronger than ever. We…

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LouisvilleKY’s College World Series Run Ends with 3-2 Loss to Vanderbilt

Story and photos from OMAHA, Neb. – The 2019 season came to a close for the Louisville baseball team on Friday night with a 3-2 loss to Vanderbilt in the NCAA College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha. The Cardinals finish the year with a 51-18 overall record, tied for the second-most victories in program history. UofL made its deepest run into the postseason in program history, winning a pair of games in Omaha and finishing as one of the last four teams in the country remaining. “I think your hope as a coach is that the kids buy…

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LouisvilleKY Parks and Recreation to host two-day “Pick Up The Parks” event

Louisville, KY., – Every year, Independence Day brings hundreds of visitors to the parks – and with that heavy traffic comes a lot of extra litter. On July 5-6, Louisville Parks and Recreation will host the first-ever “Pick-up the Parks” Days. The event will function as a do-it yourself volunteer project for individuals, families, neighborhood groups and organizations. Louisville Parks and Recreation encourages anyone and everyone to stop by their neighborhood park or one of the suggested parks to check for litter. Any litter collected can be left in a tied off bag next to any trashcan in the park….


LouisvilleKY’s Clear/Cut Phocus launches nationally

The Category Leader in Premium Caffeinated Sparkling Water is Now Available at CVS Locations Nationwide as Part of the Pharmacy Retailer’s Better-For-You Food and Beverage Initiative LOUISVILLE, Ky., /PRNewswire/ — Clear/Cut Phocus™ (Phocus), a first-of-its-kind premium sparkling water containing natural caffeine and L-theanine, is now available at over 800 CVS locations nationwide. CVS has brought on Phocus as part of the pharmacy chain’s better-for-you-beverage program, a commitment to promoting the personal wellness of its customers by providing healthier beverage options on its shelves. “CVS is dedicated to expanding its selection of premium, healthy food and beverage offerings, and we’re excited to be…

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KHRC Unanimously Approves Simulcast Wagering for New Downtown LouisvilleKY Private Club

LOUISVILLE, KY.  – The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) unanimously approved a Churchill Downs Racetrack request to lease and operate a “racetrack extension” at the new Louisville Thoroughbred Society, a private membership club that is scheduled to open in downtown Louisville later this year. Churchill Downs Racetrack and the Louisville Thoroughbred Society, which is under construction at 209 East Main Street in downtown Louisville, have entered into a lease agreement to allow simulcasting and pari-mutuel wagering at the private membership club. The Louisville Thoroughbred Society, which is dedicated to promoting and enhancing the horse racing industry in Kentucky, was founded by Gene McLean along with Mike Schnell and…

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Kentucky Derby Festival names new chair

Louisville, KY.   – Horseshoe Southern Indiana’s Judy Genovese Hess will chair the 2020 Kentucky Derby Festival. Hess, who’s served on the Festival’s board for 20 years, was elected by the Festival’s Board of Directors at its annual meeting last night. Hess is Community Relations Coordinator for Horseshoe Southern Indiana. She follows the leadership of Marita Willis, who will continue serving as Immediate Past Chair of the Derby Festival. “It’s truly an honor to be Chair of the Kentucky Derby Festival, an internationally recognized organization known for bringing joy, fun and entertainment to thousands of people every spring,” said Hess. “The dedication of our…

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LouisvilleKY’s Walz to don chef’s cap at KDF fundraiser

UofL Coach Jeff Walz will be a Celebrity Chef at June 23rd Event Louisville, KY.   – Vincenzo and Agostino Gabriele will host their eighth annual “Night at Vincenzo’s” fund-raiser for the Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation on Sunday, June 23. The elegant event will be held at Vincenzo’s Italian Restaurant in Louisville. UofL Women’s Basketball Coach, Jeff Walz, will be one of the featured Celebrity Chefs. The benefit, which is open to the public, will begin at 6 p.m. with cocktails on the patio, followed by hors d’oeuvres, dinner and dessert at 7 p.m. “This event is one of the Festival’s best kept secrets and it’s…

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SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference returns to LouisvilleKY June 24-28

  (LOUISVILLE, KY) — For the fifth year in a row, the world’s largest hands-on skills competition is returning to Louisville. The 55th annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC) will be held Monday, June 24, through Friday, June 28, showcasing the very best in career and technical education for the skilled trades. SkillsUSA is the third largest convention for the city, with an estimated economic impact of $26.7 million. Louisville Tourism estimates total hotel room nights for the week at more than 36,987. More than 19,000 students, teachers and education leaders are expected to attend. The cornerstone of NLSC is the SkillsUSA Championships, when…

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LouisvilleKY Synergy Project aims to strengthen relationships between police and community

  Part of Lean Into Louisville, Synergy is designed to unite community to create a strategic plan on public safety   LOUISVILLE, KY – Mayor Greg Fischer, Police Chief Steve Conrad and Louisville Metro Government Chief Equity Officer Kellie Watson have launched the Synergy Project, a community engagement initiative aimed at further strengthening police and community relationships grounded in trust and legitimacy. By bringing together people from all parts of the community – residents, academia, business, youth, faith-based organizations, law enforcement, and political leaders – this project creates an opportunity for police and community to work together in a safe, open,…

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LouisvilleKy’s Rabbit Hole forms international partnership

  Partnership with fast-growing, high-potential brands is the latest in a series of successful deals illustrating the Group’s active portfolio management, part of its three-year strategic plan “Transform & Accelerate” LouisvilleKY., & Paris – -(BUSINESS WIRE) Pernod Ricard (Paris:RI), through Pernod Ricard USA’s New Brand Ventures division, is delighted to announce the signing of the agreement for the acquisition of a majority share of Rabbit Hole Whiskey, produced and based in Louisville, Kentucky. Rabbit Hole, an award-winning range of Kentucky spirits, is particularly recognized for its iconic, state-of-the-art distillery in the heart of Louisville. The brand’s Straight Bourbon and Rye whiskeys are…