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LouisvilleKY’s THE WEEK: Thurby, Furby, Derby and Strange Tales of the Track

Happy Derby! So much to tell you, so much to do. I spent much of Thursday driving for Uber and Lyft (click links for free rides), meeting out-of-towners from places like Utah and California, amazed at our trees and the fact that the kids are out of school for Oaks. Also, Churchill Downs hosted a wonderful media gathering, and the Oaks Eve Bash out at Woodhaven was a big success.  And here are some things I’m hearing: Two Shot: Just my opinion, but when WAVE and WDRB sent out “News Alerts” yesterday that a shooting had occurred near the Pegasus…


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Uber is Your Best Bet at LouisvilleKY’s Churchill Downs

Uber and Churchill Downs just announced a deal for the next two days. If you’re new to Uber, try using my code for a free ride. You might even get me as your driver. Churchill Downs Announces Uber as a Partner for the 2016 Racing Season LOUISVILLE, KY – Churchill Downs Racetrack today announced Uber as a partner for the 2016 racing season. In anticipation of the 142nd Kentucky Derby, Uber is expected to have record demand in Louisville and an all-time high number of driver-partners on the road to meet the need of residents and visitors celebrating during Derby…


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Pegasus Parade takes to Louisville Ky streets today

May 4, 2016. Louisville, KY.  – The event that started the Kentucky Derby Festival – the 61st annual Republic Bank Pegasus Parade – steps off TOMORROW, May 5, at 5 p.m. The parade will march west on Broadway from Campbell to Ninth Street. The parade is one of the festival’s most cherished and popular events, attracting thousands of spectators to downtown streets. The theme of this year’s parade is “Fun for the Arts,” as the Festival pays tribute to all those groups who bring the arts to Louisville.  “The arts and the Derby Festival go hand-in-hand in helping to form the cultural fabric of our community,”…


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Louisville Ky’s “Thurby” kicks off Derby Weekend tomorrow

THIRD ANNUAL ‘THURBY’ KICKS OFF DERBY WEEKEND WITH CELEBRATION OF KENTUCKY   Features New ‘Thurby’ Logo and 2016 Oaks and Derby Box Giveaway   LOUISVILLE, KY (Wednesday, May 4, 2016) – The third annual Thurby, presented by TwinSpires.com, marks the official start of Kentucky Derby weekend on Thursday, May 5 at Churchill Downs Racetrack. This year’s Thurby will continue its tradition of celebrating the best of Kentucky and the local community and launch the new Thurby logo, which will be available on an assortment of merchandise on site at the event. Gates open at 11 a.m. with the first post…


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WineFest at Louisville Ky’s Belvedere a family tradition? It is if you’re my family

Stunning photos by Eric Bentley By Jackie Hollenkamp Bentley It looks like we have started a new family tradition: the Kentucky Derby Festival’s WineFest. How can you not? You have more than 65 wineries from Kentucky and Indiana offering tastes of their best vino, roaming cheese and fruit trays, food pairing demonstrations—all on the Belvedere. It’s the event my nephew lives for every year and now he has us looking forward to it. Heck, even his sister and her family flew up from Florida to partake of the festivities. They went all fancy and bought the $85 VIP tickets so…


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Victor Espinoza honored at Louisville Ky special event

Photos from the Kentucky Derby Museum’s Facebook page. Victor Espinoza presented with the Bill Hartack Memorial Award LOUISVILLE, KY – The Bill Hartack Charitable Foundation presented Victor Espinoza with the Hartack Memorial Award at a ceremony Monday night at the Kentucky Derby Museum.   This is the 8th year that the Foundation has honored a Kentucky Derby winning jockey with a championship ring that honors the memory of Bill Hartack, a five-time winning Kentucky Derby jockey and member of the Racing Hall of Fame. Victor Espinoza is a back-to-back winner of the Hartack Award with victories aboard California Chrome in 2014…


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Louisville Ky’s bed race champions have emerged

May 2, 2016 Louisville, KY. –  A crowd of 3,000 racing fans cheered tonight as Premier Packaging and Bluegrass Indoor Carting were named champions at the Thorntons Great Bed Races. 30 teams pushed their decorated beds on wheels around the figure-eight course, competing for the fastest times. Bluegrass Indoor Carting won the Champions Division with a time of 33:15 and Premier Packaging claimed the title in the Fun Division with a time of 38:70.   The theme of this year’s event, “Race for the Cup,” had teams decorating their bed in everything from pontoon boats, solo cups, race cars and…


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Louisville Ky’s American Pharoah museum exhibit now open to the public

AMERICAN PHAROAH exhibit now open in the Kentucky Derby Museum Trainer Bob Baffert, Owners Ahmed and Justin Zayat and Jockey Victor Espinoza on hand to celebrate opening LOUISVILLE, KY. (May 1, 2016) – The Kentucky Derby Museum’s new exhibit “AMERICAN PHAROAH”, celebrating the career and legacy of the 2015 Triple Crown winner, is now open to the public. Following a special ceremony in the Museum’s Great Hall, all of the horse’s winning connections, including trainer Bob Baffert, his wife, Jill, Owners Ahmed and Justin Zayat of Zayat Stables and Jockey Victor Espinoza, officially opened the exhibit by releasing a giant balloon…


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LouisvilleKY’s Churchill Downs and Levy’s Renew Pact for Food Service

Churchill Downs Racetrack (“CDRT), the racing icon and year-round entertainment institution that is the home of the Kentucky Derby, and Levy Restaurants, its hospitality partner and on-track dining provider since 2001, have agreed to a 10-year contract extension. The agreement signed by Chicago-based Levy Restaurants and Churchill Downs renewed their partnership for another decade through 2026. Under the contract, Levy Restaurants will continue as the historic track’s hospitality partner for the annual celebrations of the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks, the track’s three racing meets that comprise more than 70 days of live Thoroughbred racing each year, and the track’s extensive year-round schedule…


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LouisvilleKY’s THE WEEK: Statue’s Limitations, Suddenbreakingnews, Jokes and Parties

As John Asher might tell you, it’s just eight days until the 142nd Run for the Roses, and we’ve already begun to celebrate. Here’s what’s worth paying attention to. Kentucky Name Drops: Exaggerator. Suddenbreakingnews. Nyquist. Creator. Mohaymen. To have some proper Derby conversations, learn that these are names of horses who will likely be in the Derby. 20 will start. Nyquist is the undefeated favorite. Buy a Racing form, or ask anyone for their opinion, if you want to know more. And listen to my interview with John Asher on the Rusty Satellite Show. No Joke – the Mark and…