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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…


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Track visitors Do’s and Don’ts from Louisville Ky’s Churchill Downs

PLANNING TO ATTEND THE 2016 KENTUCKY DERBY AND KENTUCKY OAKS? WORDS OF CAUTION: LEAVE YOUR HOVERBOARD AT HOME   Churchill Downs Makes Single Addition to Security List ‘Do’s and Don’ts’ for 2016 Derby, Oaks   LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, April 28, 2016) – Should Marty McFly come back from the future to visit Churchill Downs Racetrack on the first weekend in May with plans to attend the 142nd runnings of the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) and $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI), there’s a piece of his standard equipment that he would not be permitted to carry – or ride – through the…


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Kate Upton and Jordan Smith to visit Louisville for Kentucky Oaks honors

KATE UPTON AND JORDAN SMITH TO HEADLINE KENTUCKY OAKS EVENTS   Supermodel to Serve as Oaks First Lady, “The Voice” Winner to Perform National Anthem   LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, April 28, 2016) – Churchill Downs Racetrack today announced that Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover Model and Actress Kate Upton will serve as the First Lady of the Longines Kentucky Oaks and the season nine winner of NBC’s “The Voice” and Republic Recording artist Jordan Smith will perform the national anthem at the Longines Kentucky Oaks on Friday, May 6, the day before the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands. The Longines Kentucky Oaks is America’s premier and most lucrative…


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KDF releases list of celebrities to visit Louisville Ky next week

April 27, 2016 Louisville, KY.  – The stars are coming out for this year’s Kentucky Derby Festival events.  KDF is releasing this year’s celebrity guest list. Many will take part in both the Celebrity Day at the Downs event on Thursday, May 5, as well as the Republic Bank Pegasus Parade later that same day. The theme of this year’s parade is “Fun for the Arts.”   “This year’s parade will be the biggest hit on Louisville’s Broadway,” said Stacey Robinson, Kentucky Derby Festival Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff.  “The Festival is paying tribute to all those groups…


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2016 Kentucky Derby Mint Julep Cup unveiled

Woodford Reserve® Unites with Fashion & Mixology’s Top Talent to Create 2016 Kentucky Derby® $1,000 Mint Julep Cup A trifecta of handcrafted artistry benefits the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund LOUISVILLE, Ky., April 26, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Woodford Reserve today unveils its $1,000 Mint Julep Cup available at the Kentucky Derby® and benefiting the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. Now in its 11th year, the 2016 iteration offers an elevated Derby experience curated by Master Distiller Chris Morris, in partnership with acclaimed menswear designer Hamilton Shirts and New York mixologist Julie Renee Williams. This year’s special Mint Julep recipe pays tribute to the…


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Louisville KY players Lee and Lewis to serve as Pegasus Parade Grand Marshals

UofL’s DAMION LEE AND TREY LEWIS TO BE HONORED IN PEGASUS PARADE   April 25, 2016. Louisville, KY. – University of Louisville basketball fans will have another chance to see two of this season’s standout players on the Men’s Basketball team. Seniors Damion Lee and Trey Lewis will serve as Honorary Grand Marshals in this year’s Republic Bank Pegasus Parade on Thursday, May 5. “These two young men are true examples of real student athletes. Both overcame adversity and became ambassadors not only for their team and the school, but for our city,” said Stacey Robinson, KDF Executive Vice President…


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Fest-a-Ville celebrates milestone Louisville Ky

KROGER’S FEST-A-VILLE CELEBRATES 10 YEARS AT WATERFRONT New décor, bars and events to highlight Waterfront festivities Photos from KDF’s Facebook Page. April 25, 2016 Louisville, KY. Celebrating 10 years as the Kentucky Derby Festival’s ultimate entertainment venue on the Waterfront, Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville is more than just a Chow Wagon. When the venue opens on Thursday, April 28, it will boast a full schedule of events spanning nine days; a new look courtesy of The Event Company in Louisville; the Waterfront Jam with over 30 local and regional bands and 7 national concerts on two stages; 100 different food and drink vendors; and…


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Breeders’ Cup returns to Louisville KY

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 25, 2016) – The Breeders’ Cup, one of Thoroughbred horseracing’s most prestigious international events, has today announced that it will return to Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky in 2018.  As part of the company’s ongoing strategy to maintain a three-year out host site plan, Breeders’ Cup will work closely with Churchill Downs and the local Louisville community to drive excitement and anticipation for the event over the next few years.   One of the world’s most iconic and recognized tracks, Churchill Downs last hosted the Breeders’ Cup World Championships in 2011. The return to Louisville reflects the…


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Louisville Ky bridge and construction work can’t be blamed for Thunder traffic tomorrow

CLEARING THE WAY FOR THUNDER No work and no new closures Saturday   LOUISVILLE, Ky.  – With hundreds of thousands of people expected in Downtown Louisville and Southern Indiana on Saturday for Thunder Over Louisville, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and Walsh Construction want to make the trip as easy as possible for the large crowds. The air show and fireworks display will mean a brief break in activity for crews working on the Downtown Crossing portion of the Ohio River Bridges Project.  No construction work and no new overnight closures are scheduled for Saturday. Crews with Walsh Construction have been working this…


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LouisvilleKY’s THE WEEK: Some Justice, Some Horseflesh and Something’s a Thunder

The Derby horse are here early this year, and so is the media throng. For my interview with Jennie Rees for the Rusty Satellite Show this week, I went with photographer Bill Brymer to Churchill Downs’ backside, and recommend it highly. This is before all the tents, all the media, all the hangers-on, so it was just me and Bill hanging with the horses, their connections and people who know the game. Bill got the shot above of Derby contender Mohaymen, who was the story of the day. We watched Jennie interview a Japanese trainer, who has Lani in the…