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Mint Jubilee Stage Show a Big Hit

The Mint Jubilee re-established itself among the most-watched Derby Eve parties Friday with an amazing stage show featuring American Idols Jordin Sparks and Kris Allen, along with country star Linda Davis and a band that got more of the 500 people in attendance up on the dance floor. Matt Battaglia, currently a Hollywood producer and a former U of L All-American football player, addressed the crowd along with brother Chris and Tommy Thieneman, providing assurance that the Brown-Forman-sponsored gala will continue. Here’s some shots from the party:


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Plum Pretty! and Baffert’s Big Day

Plum Pretty won the Kentucky Oaks Friday, with Martin Garcia aboard, paying $14.60 to win for me and everyone who believed my pick yesterday. A few races earlier, Baffert-trained First Dude won the Alysheba Stakes race. Yea, I had that one, too. So I guess I have to include Midnight Interlude in my Derby picks tomorrow. The crowd at the Oaks was announced at 110,122, the third-largest in Oaks history.  It was especially crowded, yet subdued, in the Paddock.


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Louisville Bike to Work Profile: Meet one brave bicycling barista

The confident 25 year old observed that many Louisville motorists haven’t yet caught on to the emergence of more bikes on the roads. “At the same time,” she added, “bad bikers give us all a bad name” by doing things like riding on sidewalks into crosswalks and generally ignoring traffic laws.


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KY Derby in Texas this year, show updates, and playing accordion with Suzy Bogguss.

After 18 hours and thirty-three minutes in my Mom’s Camry yesterday, two books, and several podcasts, I am in Texas. You may wonder what a good Kentucky girl is doing away from Kentucky on DERBY WEEKEND. I am wondering the same thing. I turned down gigs with Love Jones, at the Mint Jubilee, and several fancy schmancy parties because we’d already made these Texas plans … but I’m not looking back. I’ll just watch on TV. Thankfully, I remember my TwinSpires.com password, and we’re throwing a Derby Party here in Texas. It’s a throwback to my college days in New…


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Back-Side, Front-Side, I wore my Fascinator backwards.

                                                                                                                                                                                                           One more day to broadcast from the Backside.    Photo One:  As promised, a photo of Rocky Knight with mounds of  Krispey Kreme Donuts which are handed out early mornings at Dawn at the Downs.  Friday, KOOL Louisville Oldies 1570am  Kirby Adams and Rocky Knight bring you live interviews from the Backside.    Photo two: Rows of white three sided tents house crews from radio channels and t.v. stations during early mornings Derby week.  Photo Three: Later in the day moved to the “front of the house” or the Main Gate.  Ran into Mint Jubilee Host and actor Matt Battaglia.  The Mint Jubilee…


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Real Louisville News is Gone to the Track

Yes, it’s fun to get into the Derby hype, so there’s not a lot of actual news going on in town this week, except. . . Keys to the Kingdom: It was surprising to see the city engage in such a public display of negotiation yesterday with its big offer to finance part of Kentucky Kingdom. It was odd, however, in that the guy behind the effort, Ed Hart, was nowhere to be seen.  So before you start asking where to buy your season passes, know that there’s plenty of negotiating left to do. Chris Poynter, the Mayor’s spokesman, acknowledged…


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A Penguin in the Palace for Mint Jubilee

If you follow hockey, and I don’t, you probably know about Sidney Crosby. I had to look up the facts about the Canadian who is perhaps the best player in the NHL, the captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins. I do remember watching him score the decisive goal in the Olympics for Canada against the U.S. He’s also very interested in the fight against cancer, and thus is thrilled to be coming to the Mint Jubilee at the Louisville Palace Friday night. Proceeds from the event go to the Mint Jubilee Foundation, which will distribute grants to cancer-related charities. The Jubilee,…


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Fancy Pants bike Ride

Dress up for Bike Ride to Dawn at the Downs – Thursday, May 5, 2011 If an early morning at the track and even earlier morning on your bike sounds like fun to you then Bike to Dawn at the Downs tomorrow morning, Thursday May 5, is just for you! Join the early-rising sprocket jockeys in their best Derby attire for a ride from Central Park in Old Louisville to Churchill Downs. We’re not talking about spandex here. And this is no race. It’s for the Derby dame or dandy who likes the idea of riding in high style. Meet…


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Singing in the Rain at Fest-a-Ville

Last night’s gig at the Derby Fest-a-Ville down on the Waterfront-ish was just like Woodstock, minus about 30 degrees and a few hundred thousand people. Really, it was muddy and cold and pouring down rain. Thanks to the folks who braved the weather and kept us smiling. And also thanks to my awesome band who keeps me smiling no matter what the gig is like. My band and I had a good time, but I feel terrible for all those poor vendors. When I went in search of french fries before my set, they were all salivating at the chance…


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Bin Laden’s Death-Moderate,Don’t Celebrate

I admit one part of me wanted to jump for joy when I found out about the death of Osama Bin Laden. I had the same visceral reaction many others have shared, and continue to experience today. But another part of me is saddened, and repelled by our joy. I do not deny his killing was necessary, but to rejoice as many seem to be doing is not something I enjoy. I won’t deny that President Obama and others will benefit from this on a political level, but to use the phrase, “welcome to hell”, is not something that needs…