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LouisvilleKY horse racing underway for a short time

Louisville, KY., – Horse racing is now underway at  Churchill Downs  for its sixth September Meet for an action-packed 11-date run through Sunday, Sept. 30. This year’s three-week, boutique race meeting, presented by Commonwealth Technology, will feature record purse levels. Horsemen can compete for $5.275 million in prize money offered in Director of Racing Ben Huffman’s 109-race September Meet condition book, which averages to $479,545 per day. Last year, an unprecedented $4.692 million was paid to horsemen for a daily average of $427,000, which was up 12% from the prior year. Inaugurated in 2013 by request from Kentucky horsemen, the three-week September…


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LouisvilleKY’s famous road race will soon be open for registration

Louisville, KY.   – Runners mark your calendars! Registration for the 2019 Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon and Marathon presented by Humana opens on Wednesday, September 12, at 9:00 a.m. EST.  The Festival is kicking off registration at DerbyFestivalMarathon.com with 24 hours of deals which include: the lowest prices of the season, discounted VIP rates and deals on race gear. Plus, the Festival’s Race Referral Program returns, which could earn runners free registration for the 2019 event. Said Shanna Ward, Race Director, “Runners looking for the best deals, will want to register during the first 24 hours. It will guarantee their spot in the 2019 race…


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The search is on for new LouisvilleKY royalty

Louisville, KY. – The application process for the 2019 Kentucky Derby Festival Royal Court is now open 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 14. 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 scholarships – one from The Fillies, Inc., and one…


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Latest Triple Crown Winner Justify retires

Story from KentuckyDerby.com Louisville, KY., – Triple Crown winner Justify‘s racing career is officially over. His retirement was announced via press release Wednesday afternoon. “Justify had some filling in his ankle, and he is just not responding quick enough for a fall campaign,” said trainer Bob Baffert, who also won the Triple Crown with American Pharoah in 2015. “We all wanted to see Justify run again, but ultimately it is my responsibility to make sure he is perfect. Without 60-90 days, I can’t be definite.” Campaigned by WinStar Farm, China Horse Club, Head of Plains Partners, and Starlight Racing, Justify became…


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Some changes in store for LouisvilleKY’s GonzoFest

GONZOFEST LOUISVILLE MOVES ANNUAL EVENT TO JULY FOR 2019 FESTIVAL PARTNERSHIPS WITH SPEED ART MUSEUM AND FRAZIER HISTORY MUSEUM BRING TWO SEPARATE HUNTER S. THOMPSON EXHIBITS IN 2019 LOUISVILLE, KY – From numerous venue changes, to logistical modifications, such as emphasizing the literary and spoken word components, GonzoFest Louisville [1] has seen a lot of change since their inception in 2010. In 2017 GonzoFest Louisville partnered with the Louisville Free Public Library [2](LFPL) and the Main Library of LFPL is now the home of GonzoFest Louisville. That location was chosen because Thompson’s mother, Virginia Thompson retired from the Main Library of LFPL after working years there as…


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LouisvilleKY’s big fireworks show to be replayed around the world

Louisville, KY.   – The Kentucky Derby Festival’s 2018 Opening Ceremonies – Thunder Over Louisville – will be re-broadcast on the American Forces Network 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. “We’re honored that we can share Thunder Over Louisville with military personnel and their families 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. “This year’s Thunder was one of the best ever and we hope the troops will…


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LouisvilleKY native named as 2019 Kentucky Derby Festival Chair

NEXT YEAR’S FESTIVAL SET TO KICK-OFF ONE WEEK EARLIER Louisville, KY.   – Louisville native, Marita Willis, will chair the 2019 Kentucky Derby Festival. She was elected by the Festival’s Board of Directors at its annual meeting tonight. Willis is Major Gift Officer at the American Red Cross. She follows the leadership of Scott Watkins, who will continue serving as Immediate Past Chair of the Derby Festival. Willis was first elected to the Derby Festival Board in 2010 and has been a member of the KDF Executive Board since 2012. She has served on committees for several Derby Festival events and programs, including the…


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LouisvilleKY”s Vincenzo’s to hold fundraiser for Derby Festival Foundation

June 10th Event to Feature 5 Courses, Cooking Demonstrations, Wine Pairings Louisville, KY.   – Vincenzo and Agostino Gabriele will host their seventh annual “Night at Vincenzo’s” fund-raiser for the Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation on Sunday, June 10.  The elegant event will be held at Vincenzo’s Italian Restaurant in Louisville. The benefit, which is open to the public, will begin at 6 p.m. with cocktails on the patio, followed by hors d’oeuvres, dinner and dessert at 7 p.m. “We’re looking forward to another delicious five-course meal,” said Chad McTighe, Chair of the Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation. “The Gabriele brothers really go all out to make this a memorable evening for…


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Kentucky Derby Festival to hold annual LouisvilleKY yard sale this weekend

Louisville, KY.   – Looking for a bargain? The Kentucky Derby Festival will hold its 17th annual Yard Sale this Friday and Saturday, June 8 and 9, at the KDF office at 1001 South Third Street in Old Louisville. The sale will run from8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday and from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday. The Yard Sale will feature many items including event t-shirts, Derby Festival Pins, posters from years past, glassware, Christopher Radko collector’s ornaments, and other pieces that span the Festival’s history. There will be an exclusive offer for Derby Festival Marathon & miniMarathon participants again this year.  All shoppers that attend the Yard Sale…


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Justify Breezes Five Furlongs in 1:01.40 at LouisvilleKY’s Churchill Downs for Saturday’s Belmont Stakes

Story and photo from ChurchillDowns.comLouisville, KY., – Under sunny skies and a comfortable 63 degrees, undefeated Kentucky Derby (Grade I) and Preakness Stakes (GI) winner Justify completed his serious preparations for Saturday’s $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (GI) with a five-furlong breeze over a “fast” Churchill Downs track in 1:01.40 with Martin Garciain the saddle. With a few hundred spectators on hand, WinStar Farm, China Horse Club, Head of Plains Partners and Starlight Racing’s colt came onto the track at 7:30 a.m.  Monday (all times Eastern) during a special 10-minute training period for locally-based Belmont Stakes contenders. Justify broke away from the stable pony Sunny and trainer Bob Baffert’s chief assistant Jimmy Barnes at the…