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LouisvilleKy’s Run for the Roses draws millions of viewers

  STAMFORD, Conn. – May 10, 2016 – NBC Sports’ coverage of Nyquist’s victory in Saturday’s 142nd Kentucky Derby averaged 15.5 million viewers – marking the fourth consecutive year the “Run for the Roses” has topped 15 million viewers on NBC, according to final data provided by The Nielsen Company. Viewership peaked with 17.9 million viewers from 6:45-7:00 p.m. ET when Nyquist crossed the finish line, which matched the peak from last year’s Kentucky Derby victory by Triple Crown champion American Pharoah. Nyquist’s time of 2:01.31 over the mile-and-a-quarter race topped Pharoah’s winning time by nearly two seconds (2:03.02). For the first time ever, NBC…


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DERBY: A Winner in LouisvilleKY, by the Numbers, Betting and a Complaint

So you had Nyquist and Exaggerator in the exacta, did you? Sorry, but you don’t get the same kind of amazed reactions from us, even if you bet on the horse only because you’re a Detroit Red Wings hockey fan. We know you bet the favorite in the Derby and it paid off to the tune of $6.60.  So don’t over-celebrate — it’s not like you picked Mine That Bird in 2009. Chalk was the big winner on the big race — I had my money on horses that finished 2nd, 4th and 5th. In all I spent $98.40 on…


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Louisville Ky’s “Thurby” kicks off Derby Weekend tomorrow

THIRD ANNUAL ‘THURBY’ KICKS OFF DERBY WEEKEND WITH CELEBRATION OF KENTUCKY   Features New ‘Thurby’ Logo and 2016 Oaks and Derby Box Giveaway   LOUISVILLE, KY (Wednesday, May 4, 2016) – The third annual Thurby, presented by TwinSpires.com, marks the official start of Kentucky Derby weekend on Thursday, May 5 at Churchill Downs Racetrack. This year’s Thurby will continue its tradition of celebrating the best of Kentucky and the local community and launch the new Thurby logo, which will be available on an assortment of merchandise on site at the event. Gates open at 11 a.m. with the first post…


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Louisville Ky infielder named Player of the Month

Story and photo from www.batsbaseball.com. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The International League announced today (Sunday) that Louisville infielder Jermaine Curtis has been named the International League Player of the Month for April. He becomes the first Bat to be named as IL Player of the Month since pitcher Homer Bailey received the award in June of 2009. Curtis led the International League for the first month of the 2016 season with a .385 batting average, 18 RBI, and a .515 on-base percentage, with six hit by pitches. “I am happy [to hear the news],” exclaimed Curtis. “I have put a lot…


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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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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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Major League Baseball takes another swing at breast cancer this Mother’s Day

11 SEASONS OF CUSTOM HOT-PINK LOUISVILLE SLUGGER® WOOD BATS Louisville, Ky., – Hundreds of Major League Baseball players are grabbing hot-pink Louisville Slugger bats this Mother’s day to continue their support in the fight against breast cancer. Louisville Slugger and MLB joined forces in 2006 to create the “Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer” initiative, and they’ve been swinging pink bats ever since. More than 3,000 custom hot-pink bats valued at about $300,000 have been donated to the program.   Like years past, the bats will be collected after the games and auctioned on mlb.com  with the net proceeds going to MLB Charities…


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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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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…