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LouisvilleKY’s Churchill Downs announces Kentucky Derby Purse Raised to $3 Million

Louisville, KY., – The 145th running of the Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve (Grade I) on Saturday, May 4 will be the richest in history as the purse for America’s greatest race and first leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown has been elevated to a guaranteed $3 million. The substantial $1 million increase to the 1 ¼-mile Kentucky Derby for 3-year-olds highlights a record-setting, 34-race stakes schedule cumulatively worth $12.03 million for Churchill Downs’ 2019 Spring Meet. Fifteen of the races received significant purse hikes, including the Old Forester Turf Classic (GI), Longines Kentucky Oaks (GI) and Humana Distaff (GI),…


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Ready to Train for LouisvilleKy’s famous road race

Louisville, KY., – Today is the kick-off for the Norton Sports Health Derby Festival Training Program to prepare runners and walkers for the Humana Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon and Marathon set for Saturday, April 27. The free 15-week Norton Sports Health Training Program offers training tips and weekly group runs for participants with all levels of experience. Runners and walkers can register for the training program online at www.derbyfestivalmarathon.com.   The kick-off includes distribution of the free training manual; overview of the 2019 miniMarathon and Marathon; as well as introduction of the Norton Sports Health Training Experts and Physicians. Participants will…


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LouisvilleKY Royalty announced

Louisville, KY.   – It’s an early sign of spring in Kentuckiana! New Derby Festival Royalty were crowned this morning. The five women selected to serve as Princesses in the 2019 Kentucky Derby Festival Royal Court were introduced in a ceremony at Macy’s at Oxmoor Center. The Royal Court Program is coordinated by The Fillies, Inc., a volunteer group that works closely with the Festival. Fillies President Debra Rayman joined KDF President and CEO Mike Berry, as well as 2019 Derby Festival Chair Marita Willis, in crowning the newly appointed court.  They are: Mary Baker of Louisville, KY – Mary, 20-years-old, is a Junior…


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LouisvilleKY’s BB&T to become Derby Festival BalloonFest title sponsor

Louisville, KY.  – A new sponsor has stepped in to help keep a favorite Derby Festival event on the schedule for 2019. BB&T is the new title sponsor of the Festival’s three-day Great BalloonFest. A longtime friend of the Festival, BB&T decided to take their partnership to new heights, after learning of the new sponsorship opportunity. “BB&T is delighted to be the sponsor of the Great BalloonFest,” said BB&T Regional President Tom Eller. “Part of our mission is to make the communities in which we work a better place to live. What better example of this than to be part of an…


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LouisvilleKY announces Largest Events of the Year

Events, tradeshows and conventions with the most economic impact in 2018   LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Louisville attracts 16.4 million visitors annually which generates an estimated $3.5 billion in economic impact for the city. In addition to Louisville’s general appeal and permanent attractions, events hosted in the city were a huge driver of tourism impact. These were the largest of those drivers in 2018 and their estimated event impact on Louisville’s economy: Kentucky Derby – $354,931,061 Breeders’ Cup World Championship – $70,078,602 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference – $26,219,013 Mid-America Trucking Show Annual Trade Show – $25,610,761 National Farm Machinery Show…


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Registration to train for LouisvilleKY’s famous road race is now open

 Louisville, KY., – If you’re planning to run or walk your way to the finish line of the Humana Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon or Marathon in April, the Norton Sports Health FREE Training Program will give you a jumpstart. The 15-week program helps prepare runners and walkers for the Derby Festival’s road races.  Registration for the FREE program is now open online at DerbyFestivalMarathon.com. The Norton Sports Health Training Program offers training guidelines and weekly group runs for participants of all levels of experience. The first 800 who register for both the Training Program, AND the Derby Festival miniMarathon or Marathon will receive…


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LouisvilleKY’s famous road race gets a new title sponsor

Louisville, KY.   – Louisville-based Humana is now partnering with a local event that gets over 12,000 people in shape every year – the Derby Festival’s miniMarathon and Marathon. Humana announced this week they will be the title sponsor of Kentucky’s largest annual road race in 2019. Humana has partnered on the races since 2012, but this will be their first time as title sponsor. “We’ve been inspired by the stories from participants, and it’s because of them that we’re stepping up as title sponsor of the event,” said Dr. Val Slayton, Humana Regional Vice President, Health Services. “This is an opportunity to…


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NBC Sports & LouisvilleKY’s Churchill Downs to Debut Road to the Kentucky Derby Magazine Series

Story and photos from Churchill Downs.com Louisville, KY – As the home of horse racing in the United States, NBC Sports will expand its programming in 2019, collaborating with Churchill Downs on a new magazine-style series, and adding a pair of crucial prep races. In partnership with Churchill Downs, NBC Sports will debut a new Road to the Kentucky Derby series this spring, leading up to NBC’s coverage of the 145th Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve on Saturday, May 4. In March, NBCSN will debut the first of the four 30-minute Road to the Kentucky Derby episodes, which will showcase the stars of the sport, telling the stories behind the…


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LouisvilleKY’s famous parade looking for heroes

    Louisville, KY. – You may want to hang on to your Halloween costumes for next year’s Republic Bank Pegasus Parade. Themed “Pegasus Power,” the parade on May 2, 2019, will celebrate super heroes from all walks of life. “Everyone has a hero. From real-life to the big screen, we plan to celebrate them all on Broadway next spring,” said Mike Berry, KDF President and CEO. “We invite everyone to save their hero costumes and join us for the Derby Festival event that’s been bringing the community together for more than 60 years.” Registration is now open for groups interested…


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Breeders’ Cup in Louisville KY is just days away

Story from Churchill Downs’ website   Louisville, KY., – Following a seven-year hiatus, the Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships will return to Churchill Downs in earnest on Friday, Nov. 2 and Saturday, Nov. 3 – the highlight of an action-packed Fall Meet at the historic home of the Kentucky Derby that began Sunday, Oct. 28. The popular 21-day stand, ends Sunday, Nov. 25. The 129th Fall Meet will showcase lofty purse levels thanks to early returns from state-of-the-art historical racing machines at Derby City Gaming, Churchill Downs Incorporated’s new $65 million facility that opened in mid-September at nearby 4520 Poplar Level Road. Horsemen…