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The 145th Kentucky Derby Sets All-time Wagering Record

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Derby fans weathered a steady late-afternoon rain as Country House captured the 145th Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve over a sloppy track. Wagering from all-sources was the highest all-time on both the Kentucky Derby Day program and on the Kentucky Derby race. Wagering from all-sources on the Kentucky Derby Day program totaled $250.9 million, an 11% increase over the 2018 total and previous record of $225.7 million. Wagering from all-sources on the Kentucky Derby race increased 10% to $165.5 million from the previous record of $149.9 million set last year. This year’s wagering record includes $4.1…


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El Taco Luchador, Union 15 coming to historic Colonial Gardens in south LouisvilleKY

Louisville, KY., – Mayor Greg Fischer joined Metro Council members and representatives from Underhill Associates Monday to mark the near completion of the historic Colonial Gardens redevelopment project and announce two tenants, El Taco Luchador and Union 15. “This is the culmination of six years of effort by the city and its partners to revive a long-vacant property that once was a center of neighborhood activity,” the Mayor said. “Colonial Gardens is an example of how public and private interests can join forces to create something that will benefit residents, visitors and businesses alike, and we are excited to welcome…


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LouisvilleKY is the Hottest Growing Hotel Market in the Country

Bourbon City Outpacing National Trends, Takes Top Growth Spot LOUISVILLE, Ky. – All eyes are on Louisville this spring, but it’s not just the 145th Running of the Roses that’s bringing them here. According to CBRE Research, Louisville had the largest year-over-year hotel demand increase in the first quarter of 2019 at 11.4%, while demand nationally only grew 2.4% in the same quarter, slightly below last year. CBRE Hotels Americas Research specializes in analyzing and reporting on both the historical and future performance of the lodging industry. They measured the growth performance of the top 60 major markets in the first quarter…


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LouisvilleKY’s Belle reclaims her crown in Great Steamboat Race

 Louisville, KY.   – The Belle of Louisville has reclaimed the crown as riverboat royalty, after winning tonight’s Great Steamboat Race Presented by IBEW Local 369. In a unanimous decision from the judges who were aboard both boats, the hometown Belle was declared the winner of the 57th annual race against her upriver rival, the Belle of Cincinnati. Louisville’s Belle takes home the coveted silver antlers. “It was a great race,” said Mike Berry, Kentucky Derby Festival President & CEO. “The Belle of Louisville takes back the title for the first time since 2015. No collusion and no debate from the judges.”   The…


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Kentucky Derby Betting with Cryptocurrency Continues Despite Crypto Winter

LOUISVILLE, Ky.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–US Racing (www.usracing.com), an international online horse racing service, advised that usage of cryptocurrency to place wagers on the Kentucky Derby will increase over 2018 despite the hard fall all coins faced in what has been called the Crypto Winter. “While the adoption challenge still persists, preventing widespread usage of cryptocurrency, we are seeing more punters adopting this method for wagering on horses,” said Tim Maxwell of US Racing. Nearly $150 million was wagered on last year’s Kentucky Derby (setting a new record) and US Racing expects growth in handle to increase approximately 10-12% for 2019. Although cryptocurrency represents…


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US Racing Announces Updated Odds of the 145th Kentucky Derby in LouisvilleKy following the Scratch of the Favorite, Omaha Beach

LOUISVILLE, Ky.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–US Racing (www.usracing.com), an international online horse racing service, today announced the updated odds of the 145th Kentucky Derby following the scratch of the favorite, Omaha Beach. Omaha Beach was diagnosed with entrapped epiglottis after a cough and scope, according to trainer Richard Mandella. “This is a game changer and we express our deep sorrows for Mandella and all his connections,” said Kevin Turnbull, Director of Operations at US Racing. “Per the rules of racing, all entries will shift gates inward and Bodexpress will run from Gate 20. For Roadster, this means he is no longer in Gate 17—the only gate…


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LouisvilleKY’s Battle of the belles takes to the Ohio Wednesday

Louisville, KY.   – The Battle of the Belles returns to the Ohio River this week. The Belle of Louisville, and her rival from up river, the Belle of Cincinnati, will compete in this year’s Kentucky Derby Festival Great Steamboat Race Presented by IBEW Local 369, set for 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1.  The 14-mile course on the Ohio River starts and finishes at the Clark Memorial Bridge. In a twist, 2 VIPs will be retrieved from the shoreline before the boats turn at Captains Quarters to race back to the finish line.  Each boat will be assigned two judges, in addition…


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Sentient Jet to continue to fly guests into LouisvilleKY Derby Week

BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sentient Jet, a Directional Aviation company and the creator of the pioneering Jet Card, is pleased to announce the renewal of its multi-year collaboration with the Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Oaks and Churchill Downs as the esteemed horseracing organizations’ Preferred Private Aviation Partner. As an official partner of the two annual races and their shared home track, Sentient Jet has curated several extraordinary experiences surrounding the weekend’s celebrations including bespoke private travel services, special on-site hospitality offerings and the third annual Derby Day Breakfast hosted by Brand Ambassador and Celebrity Chef Bobby Flay. Further, the private aviation company will add additional support to the horseracing community over…


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LouisvilleKY has new Great Bed Race champs

Louisville, KY. –  Racing fans cheered tonight as GE Appliances (Team 1) won the Champions Division of the Great Bed Races with a time of 34.1. St. Elizabeth Catholic Charities won the won the Fun Division with a time of 35.6.  40 teams pushed their decorated beds on wheels around the figure-eight course, competing for the fastest times. The theme of this year’s event, “Pegasus Power,” had teams decorating their beds in everything from Flying Pegasus, Superheroes and My Little Pony, to Star Wars, Ninja Turtles and the movie “Grease.” Prizes went to the teams with the three fastest times, as…


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LouisvilleKY volunteers break new record

Louisville, KY., – With volunteers cleaning neighborhoods, donating bikes to refugees, building beds for local youth and collecting canned goods and personal care items, Mayor Greg Fischer’s eighth annual Give A Day Week of Service made a big impact on the city and amounted to more than 235,000 acts of volunteerism and compassion during the week that ended Saturday, April 20, 2019. That surpassed Louisville’s own 2018 world record of about 205,000 volunteers and acts of compassion. The Mayor, who started Give A Day in 2011 and has since expanded it to eight days that now occur as part of the…