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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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Derby Betting System No. 7: The Reed System

In the last of this great series by Billy Reed, you’ll find out who the Hall of Fame turf writer likes in this year’s race, always subject to change, of course. Thanks to LouisvilleCatholicSports. By Billy Reed This is the one you’ve been awaiting, right? The one where I bring into play all the wisdom I’ve gained on the Kentucky Derby trail since 1964, when I got a freelance assignment to cover the Bluegrass Stakes at Keeneland for the Toronto Star. The Toronto paper was interested in the Blue Grass because the favored Northern Dancer was owned by E.P. Taylor,…


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A Morning of Firsts

I was born and raised in Louisville not too far from Churchill Downs, and have lived here the vast majority of my 51 years. Although I’ve been to the Oaks and Derby a handful of times I’ve never gone to the backside of the track to see the morning workout. Today was a first, and it was worth the trouble. The Kentucky sun was shining bright. The air was crisp and clean with the smell of hay and horses. There was a real buzz about the place particularly when the Derby horses and their trainers started making their appearances. While…


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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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Not the Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports

Over on the backside this morning, the crowd was bigger, the weather was better and the horses more majestic. Jinx Fires barn is far away from the track, next to Longfield, so I took a walk with Archarcharch to show you what it’s like for the horse to walk its way to practice. Note that’s Bob Baffert on the right, about halfway through. Once at the entrance, Archarcharch, under jockey Jon Court, took a moment to be admired. That’s Santiva up ahead. The video is about as long as it will take to run the mile and a quarter on…


Walking your Derby Horse and Winner Circle Wedding

     I am working this week with Rocky Knight on the backside.  Dawn at the Downs is a media frenzy powered by hot coffee and sugary donuts. Tomorrow I will take a photograph of the stacks of donuts and rows of media tents so that you can see the madhouse.  Smart P.R. folks have learned to “show up” with their clients and parade them through the maze of white media tents.  Each little three-sided tent houses a different t.v. or radio station and it’s “workers”.  The first day I was backside I was concerned we wouldn’t  have enough guests to fill our…


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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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Teresa Scanlan, Miss America 2011 Hangs out at The Willow Tree

Boden (Bo) Berndt with Teresa Scanlan. By Barbara Day Teresa Scanlan, Miss America 2011,  was in Louisville on Wednesday, May 4 to meet and greet Louisvillians at The Willow Tree, 657 S. Hurstbourne Parkway. Joseph Ribkoff, a national sponsor of the Miss America Pageant, had sponsored her to appear at the Great Steamboat race which was re-scheduled in June because of the flooding and attend the Derby Celebrity Luncheon. While she was in town, Teresa was promoting the Joseph Ribkoff line sold at The Willow Tree. As a frequent customer of the Willow Tree and the proud owner of many…


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Coffey’s Personal Story May Push Legislation

It’s not often that a news anchor gets personally involved in a story or cause, especially when it involves exposing personal details. But once in a while the issues that occur in the personal lives of the people on TV are meaningful — and help bring about positive changes. That’s what WHAS-TV’s Claudia Coffey is hoping for in telling the story of her son Jack’s heart condition. He’s just 4, but because of a history of heart problems in her family, she had Jack genetically tested and learned he inherited a heart condition. So he won’t be playing competitive sports…