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Traffic changes for LouisvilleKY’s Churchill Downs guests this month

CONSTRUCTION TO ALTER TRAFFIC, PARKING FOR SELECT GUESTS DURING CHURCHILL DOWNS’ 11-DAY SEPTEMBER MEET   LOUISVILLE, Ky.  – Initial work on a construction project designed to enhance transportation ingress and egress at Churchill Downs Racetrack will temporarily alter traffic and parking for a segment of guests who plan to attend the Louisville racetrack’s upcoming September Meet.   Guests are advised to visit www.ChurchillDowns.com/Parking in advance of attending the historic racetrack to view recommended alternative routes and a complete list of guest-appropriate temporary lots.   The September Meet at Churchill Downs begins Friday, Sept. 15, and Thoroughbred racing will continue for 11 days on a Thursday-Sunday…


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Evening Racing tonight, Thursday and Friday Closes LouisvilleKY’s 2017 Spring Meet

Friday’s Downs After Dark Ends Spring Meet with “Downs Does The Decades” Celebration New Guest Chef Series @ Millionaires Row Features Chef Patrick Roney from Harvest Louisville, KY., –  Racing moves to the evening this week for the final races of the 2017 Spring Meet, culminating on Friday night with night racing at Downs After Dark presented by Stella Artois and Finlandia Vodka. Wednesday and Thursday will feature $1 beers and gates will open at 4:00 p.m., with the first post at 5:00 p.m. On Friday, gates open at 5:00 p.m. with first post at 6:00 p.m. Friday’s theme is…


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LouisvilleKy’s Churchill Downs brings celebrated chefs for Downs After Dark

Celebrated Local Chefs Anthony Lamas and Patrick Roney Bring Inspired Dining to Night Racing   LOUISVILLE, KY (Friday, May 26, 2017) – Churchill Downs today announced its new Guest Chef Series @ Millionaire’s Row, which brings two of Louisville’s most celebrated chefs to 2017 Spring Meet’s Downs After Dark presented by Stella Artois and Woodford Reserve night racing events. The new series is a separate ticketed event on Millionaire’s Row 6 for 250 guests during each of Spring Meet’s two Downs After Dark parties.  Tickets to each Guest Chef Series @ Millionaire’s Row are $149 and available at www.churchilldowns.com/downsafterdark.  …


Derby 2017

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…


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Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville is officially open on LouisvilleKY’s Waterfront

Louisville, KY., – Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront is open and will run through Friday, May 5.  Fest-A-Ville is open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., except Sunday 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.   Also, thanks to Churchill Downs, Inc., there will be free admission today. So, for Thursday only, patrons will not need a Pegasus Pin to enter Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville. This ultimate entertainment experience features the Waterfront Jam with national talent, family fun, food vendors, kids’ inflatable playground, midway rides and more. Admission is a 2017 Pegasus Pin. Kroger is Title Sponsor of the event, with Contributing Sponsor…


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LouisvilleKY’s Churchill Downs Incorporated Foundation Announces Charitable Raffles During Kentucky Derby Week

DERBY FANS ACROSS THE NATION INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN RAFFLES TO SUPPORT THOROUGHBRED AFTERCARE AND OTHER CHARITABLE INITIATIVES LOUISVILLE, Ky., April 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Churchill Downs Incorporated Foundation today announced the opening of three separate 50/50 Charitable Raffle drawings that will be held during Kentucky Derby week, one drawing on each Thurby, Oaks and Derby days. For each raffle, participants will have the chance to win half of that day’s raffle sales, with the other half of the day’s raffle proceeds going toward the Churchill Downs Incorporated Foundation in support of its charitable initiatives, including Thoroughbred aftercare, arts and educational…


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Harry Connick Jr to visit LouisvilleKY for the singing of the National Anthem at Derby

    LOUISVILLE, Ky., April 12, 2017 – Churchill Downs Racetrack today announced that multi-platinum recording artist Harry Connick, Jr. will sing our national anthem at the 143rd Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands on Saturday, May 6, 2017.   The multiple Grammy and Emmy award-winning entertainer and host and executive producer of his own nationally syndicated entertainment show HARRY, will perform “The Star-Spangled Banner” live for more than 160,000 fans at the Kentucky Derby. The performance will take place in the Kentucky Derby Winner’s Circle just after 5:00 p.m. EDT and be broadcast live as part of NBC’s Kentucky…


2017 Mint Julep cup

Woodford Reserve Celebrates Derby with $1,000 Mint Julep Cup just unveiled in LouisvilleKY

LOUISVILLE, Ky., April 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Woodford Reserve today reveals its $1,000 Mint Julep Cup available at the Kentucky Derby® benefiting the Kentucky Derby Museum. Now in its 12th year, the 2017 Cup pays tribute to the British-inspired Kentucky Derby offering a quintessential julep crafted by Woodford Reserve Global Ambassador, Tom Vernon. This year’s cup, recipe and experience is presented under the theme: The Sport of Kings… and Queen(s). In 1872, Churchill Downs founder Meriwether Lewis Clark traveled to England to attend the Epsom Derby – a popular horse race attended by British royalty and high society. Upon returning to…


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Kentucky Derby Winner Trophy now in LouisvilleKY just waiting for a winner

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, April 5, 2017) – The coveted solid gold 2017 Kentucky Derby Winner’s Trophy is now at Churchill Downs Racetrack, awaiting its formal presentation to the owner of the 3-year-old Thoroughbred that is victorious in the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) on Saturday, May 6. The 14-karat gold trophy – a prize that is deemed “priceless” by the historic racetrack that presents it and the owners, trainers and jockeys who pursue it – will have a secure home in the Kentucky Derby Museum, located adjacent to the racetrack, until the running of the Derby….