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The 145th Kentucky Derby Sets All-time Wagering Record

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Derby fans weathered a steady late-afternoon rain as Country House captured the 145th Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve over a sloppy track. Wagering from all-sources was the highest all-time on both the Kentucky Derby Day program and on the Kentucky Derby race. Wagering from all-sources on the Kentucky Derby Day program totaled $250.9 million, an 11% increase over the 2018 total and previous record of $225.7 million. Wagering from all-sources on the Kentucky Derby race increased 10% to $165.5 million from the previous record of $149.9 million set last year. This year’s wagering record includes $4.1…


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Sentient Jet to continue to fly guests into LouisvilleKY Derby Week

BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sentient Jet, a Directional Aviation company and the creator of the pioneering Jet Card, is pleased to announce the renewal of its multi-year collaboration with the Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Oaks and Churchill Downs as the esteemed horseracing organizations’ Preferred Private Aviation Partner. As an official partner of the two annual races and their shared home track, Sentient Jet has curated several extraordinary experiences surrounding the weekend’s celebrations including bespoke private travel services, special on-site hospitality offerings and the third annual Derby Day Breakfast hosted by Brand Ambassador and Celebrity Chef Bobby Flay. Further, the private aviation company will add additional support to the horseracing community over…


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Opening Night Goes Orange to Kick Off LouisvilleKY’s Derby Week and Spring Racing

LOUISVILLE, KY – Churchill Downs and Fund for the Arts will kick off Derby week for the fourth year by adding live performances by local artists to the evening of live racing at Opening Night presented by Budweiser. For the second year, the event’s theme will be orange, the color of creativity and encouragement, to celebrate Louisville’s exciting arts community. Guests are encouraged to incorporate orange into their outfit. Opening Night is Saturday, April 27. Tickets are available at www.ChurchillDowns.com. The evening will include more than live 20 performances by more than 150 local actors, dancers, musicians and visual artists throughout the…


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LouisvilleKY’s Churchill Downs to host job fair

From ChurchillDowns.com Louisville, KY., – Ever wanted to be a part of all the happenings at Louisville’s world famous Churchill Downs? The track will be hosting a job fair  March 2, 2019, from 10AM- 3PM . Among the positions open are ushers, security, ticket attendant, tour guides and more. You can register for this event at staffcalltopost.com. Please park in the White Lot and enter thru the Paddock Gate. Click Here to view the flyer listing all positions available.


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Nominations to Walk in LouisvilleKy’s Survivors Parade at the 145th Longines Kentucky Oaks now open to the public

Partnership Continues to Support Women’s Health in the Local Community LOUISVILLE, KY – Churchill Downs, Derby Divas and Norton Cancer Institute have opened the online nomination process to select 145 breast and ovarian cancer survivors to participate in the Survivors Parade presented by Kroger at the 145th Longines Kentucky Oaks. The public can nominate survivors for the parade or donate to Norton Cancer Institute at www.kentuckyderby.com/survivors. Nominations are open until 11:59 p.m. on March 17. This is the eleventh year of the Survivors Parade and Longines Kentucky Oaks Pink Out celebration, which raise money to support women’s breast health. Churchill Downs, Derby…


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LouisvilleKY’s Churchill Downs announces Kentucky Derby Purse Raised to $3 Million

Louisville, KY., – The 145th running of the Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve (Grade I) on Saturday, May 4 will be the richest in history as the purse for America’s greatest race and first leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown has been elevated to a guaranteed $3 million. The substantial $1 million increase to the 1 ¼-mile Kentucky Derby for 3-year-olds highlights a record-setting, 34-race stakes schedule cumulatively worth $12.03 million for Churchill Downs’ 2019 Spring Meet. Fifteen of the races received significant purse hikes, including the Old Forester Turf Classic (GI), Longines Kentucky Oaks (GI) and Humana Distaff (GI),…


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NBC Sports & LouisvilleKY’s Churchill Downs to Debut Road to the Kentucky Derby Magazine Series

Story and photos from Churchill Downs.com Louisville, KY – As the home of horse racing in the United States, NBC Sports will expand its programming in 2019, collaborating with Churchill Downs on a new magazine-style series, and adding a pair of crucial prep races. In partnership with Churchill Downs, NBC Sports will debut a new Road to the Kentucky Derby series this spring, leading up to NBC’s coverage of the 145th Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve on Saturday, May 4. In March, NBCSN will debut the first of the four 30-minute Road to the Kentucky Derby episodes, which will showcase the stars of the sport, telling the stories behind the…


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Breeders’ Cup in Louisville KY is just days away

Story from Churchill Downs’ website   Louisville, KY., – Following a seven-year hiatus, the Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships will return to Churchill Downs in earnest on Friday, Nov. 2 and Saturday, Nov. 3 – the highlight of an action-packed Fall Meet at the historic home of the Kentucky Derby that began Sunday, Oct. 28. The popular 21-day stand, ends Sunday, Nov. 25. The 129th Fall Meet will showcase lofty purse levels thanks to early returns from state-of-the-art historical racing machines at Derby City Gaming, Churchill Downs Incorporated’s new $65 million facility that opened in mid-September at nearby 4520 Poplar Level Road. Horsemen…


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LouisvilleKY to Host a Variety of Fan Events leading up to Breeders’ Cup

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The excitement around Breeders’ Cup spans an entire week in a city known for horse racing and home of the iconic Churchill Downs. A variety of events, including Equestricon, Topgolf Crush and the Breeders’ Cup Festival kicks off Sunday, October 28, culminating with the 35th Annual Breeders’ Cup at Churchill Downs November 2-3.   Equestricon, a two-day event which is part fan fest, conference and equestrian industry trade show all in one, starts the week off at the newly-renovated Kentucky International Convention Center. Fans will have unprecedented access to racing’s stars with expected appearances from the sport’s top jockeys,…


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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…