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Kentucky Derby Festival Pin Party this weekend in LouisvilleKY

PARTY LIKE IT’S DERBY FESTIVAL TIME! RARE PEGASUS PINS FOR SALE AT ANNUAL PEGASUS PIN PARTY   Sept. 7, 2017. Louisville, KY.   – You’re invited to the Kentucky Derby Festival’s fifth annual Pegasus Pin Party. The event is this Saturday, September 9, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Festival’s headquarters at 1001 S. Third Street in Louisville.   The party will feature discount pricing on all past year pins, as well as a special raffle of a complete set of “Instant Win” and “Exchange Pins.” The “Instant Win” pins are an integral part of the Pegasus Pin Program each year…


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New Perks for LouisvilleKY’s favorite miniMarathon and Marathon

Louisville, KY.   – Registration for the 2018 Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon and Marathon presented by Walmart and Humana opens online at DerbyFestivalMarathon.com on Tuesday, September 12, at 9:00 a.m. EST. New this year, the Festival is kicking off registration with 24 hours of deals which include: the lowest prices of the season, new VIP upgrades and exclusive apparel. Plus, the Festival has created a new Race Referral Program which could earn runners free registration for next year’s event.   Said Shanna Ward, Race Director, “Being one of the first to register on September 12, will not only guarantee your spot in the race, but will also get…


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Search is on for LouisvilleKY royalty for Kentucky Derby Festival

  August 28, 2017 Louisville, KY. – The Kentucky Derby Festival is searching for new royalty! The application process for the 2018 Royal Court opens online TODAY, at KDF.org. Young women from Kentucky or Southern Indiana who are full-time college students (in at least 2nd year) are eligible. The deadline for submissions is October 15.   The Festival’s Royal Court is a great opportunity for any talented young woman to earn scholarship monies, as well as serve as an official ambassador for the city and the Kentucky Derby Festival in the spring. The program is not a beauty pageant. Each member of the Royal Court receives two $1,000…


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Thunder Over Louisville broadcast around the world July 4th

June 30, 2017. Louisville, KY.   – The Kentucky Derby Festival’s 2017 Opening Ceremonies – Thunder Over Louisville – will be re-broadcast on the American Forces Network Broadcast Center (AFN-BC) to more than a half million U.S. Armed Forces personnel and Department of Defense civilian employees and their families stationed overseas on Independence Day.   “Sharing Thunder Over Louisville is just a small way we can pay tribute to those who are serving our country on this patriotic holiday,” said Mike Berry, President and CEO of the Kentucky Derby Festival, who introduces the broadcast along with Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer. “We hope the…


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LouisvilleKY’s Derby Festival Foundation charity raises nearly $200,000 this year

June 26, 2017. Louisville, KY.   – The Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation Charity Module Program raised nearly $200,000 in 2017 for local charities. 30 different charitable organizations benefitted from the program by having individual runners and running teams participate in the 2017 Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon and miniMarathon presented by Walmart and Humana on April 29. The Charity Module has raised over $2.5 million since its inception in 2005.   The charities will be recognized at a luncheon on Thursday, June 29, at the Hunting Creek Country Club at 11:30 a.m.  A check will be presented to all organizations for the…


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LouisvilleKY’s Churchill downs unveils Kentucky Derby 144 Logo

  LOUISVILLE, KY  – Churchill Downs Racetrack has unveiled the official logo for the Kentucky Derby 144. SME, a New York-based marketing agency that has developed the official Derby and Oaks marks since 2007, designed the new logo.  The running of the 144th Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands and will take place on May 5, 2018.   For the 144 event logo, SME created a design that immerses the viewer into the grandeur of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. With the iconic Twin Spires as the focal point in a striking brick red, a unique opportunity presented itself…


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LouisvilleKY’s Derby Festival names 2018 Chair

DATES RELEASED FOR NEXT YEAR’S KDF EVENTS   June 12, 2017. Louisville, KY.   – Norton Healthcare’s Scott Watkins will chair the 2018 Kentucky Derby Festival. He was elected by the Kentucky Derby Festival, Inc., Board of Directors at its annual meeting tonight. Watkins is Senior Vice President, Operations at Norton Healthcare. He follows the successful leadership of Lisa Stevenson, who will continue serving as Immediate Past Chair of the Derby Festival.   Watkins was first elected to the Derby Festival Board in 2005 and has been a member of the KDF Executive Board since 2011. He has served on committees…


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Today is the last day to register Derby Festival Pegasus Pins

Tuesday, May 9, 2017. Louisville, KY.   – Derby Festival fans who found a Gold Winner Pin in their 2017 Pegasus Pin Sponsorship envelope must register online at www.PegasusPins.com by 5 p.m. TODAY to be eligible for the drawing of the Gold Pin Grand Prize – Kentuckiana Honda Dealers, 2017 Honda CR-V.  The winner will be drawn this Friday, May 12. This year, the odds of finding a gold winner pin are 1 in 20, with 12,000 of these pins in circulation. Just register your pin using the KDF App or online atwww.PegasusPins.com.  All pins must be registered to be eligible.  …


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So LouisvilleKY hosted a horse race this past weekend

Story and photos from Churchill Downs’ website LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, May 6, 2017) – MeB Racing Stables, Brooklyn Boyz Stables, Teresa Viola Racing Stables, St. Elias Stable, Siena Farm and West Point Thoroughbreds’ favored Always Dreaming shook clear of longshot State of Honor at the half-mile pole, opened a daylight advantage and cruised to a 2 ¾-length victory over Lookin At Lee to win the 143rd running of the $2,395,800 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) for 3-year-olds before a crowd of 158,070, the seventh largest in Derby history. Trained by Todd Pletcher and ridden by John Velazquez, Always…


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Mornings at Churchill with the Contenders and Wagner’s

The magic of Derby Week is best exemplified in the pre-dawn mist any morning on the backside at Churchill Downs. Walk in from Longfield, and you see the effort it takes to stage the sport’s premier event. The beautiful beasts you encounter in the few hundred yards walking are bigger than you’d expect. They’re lively, too, heads bobbing through their stables, neighs heard from near and far away. You see exercise riders atop their steeds, guiding the stars of the show back and forth to the racing surface. Grooms pace around barns leading thoroughbreds by their bridles. You see the famous names on…