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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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Kentucky Derby Betting with Cryptocurrency Continues Despite Crypto Winter

LOUISVILLE, Ky.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–US Racing (, an international online horse racing service, advised that usage of cryptocurrency to place wagers on the Kentucky Derby will increase over 2018 despite the hard fall all coins faced in what has been called the Crypto Winter. “While the adoption challenge still persists, preventing widespread usage of cryptocurrency, we are seeing more punters adopting this method for wagering on horses,” said Tim Maxwell of US Racing. Nearly $150 million was wagered on last year’s Kentucky Derby (setting a new record) and US Racing expects growth in handle to increase approximately 10-12% for 2019. Although cryptocurrency represents…

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US Racing Announces Updated Odds of the 145th Kentucky Derby in LouisvilleKy following the Scratch of the Favorite, Omaha Beach

LOUISVILLE, Ky.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–US Racing (, an international online horse racing service, today announced the updated odds of the 145th Kentucky Derby following the scratch of the favorite, Omaha Beach. Omaha Beach was diagnosed with entrapped epiglottis after a cough and scope, according to trainer Richard Mandella. “This is a game changer and we express our deep sorrows for Mandella and all his connections,” said Kevin Turnbull, Director of Operations at US Racing. “Per the rules of racing, all entries will shift gates inward and Bodexpress will run from Gate 20. For Roadster, this means he is no longer in Gate 17—the only gate…

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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…


Airbnb Announces Kentucky Derby Economic Impact Data for LouisvilleKY

LOUISVILLE, KY — Airbnb, the world’s leading community-driven hospitality company, announced today that Louisville residents will earn over $2.5 million in income while welcoming an additional 5,800 guests to Louisville this coming weekend as hotels largely sell out during the weekend of the Kentucky Derby. Home sharing will allow the city to utilize pre-existing resources – people’s homes – to expand lodging capacity and retain as many visitors as possible. This data is not a projection, but rather reflects only currently confirmed bookings during May 3-5. This economic infusion comes as Louisville hotels reach peak occupancy for the weekend, even with significantly spiked prices. “When more…

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Add another LouisvilleKY party to your Kentucky Derby plans

Louisville, KY – RABBIT HOLE, a rapidly growing Kentucky-based spirits brand, today announced it will host the annual Esquire Derby Party and three-day, pop-up VIP Lounge in partnership with the media brand and experiential marketing and entertainment agency King Sixteen.  The weekend of events will give guests a truly unique and immersive bourbon odyssey at Rabbit Hole Distillery, located in the heart of “NULU,” Louisville’s hippest urban neighborhood. Rabbit Hole, Esquire and King Sixteen will curate the VIP Esquire Lounge at the Distillery’s Overlook Lounge, featuring sweeping views of Downtown Louisville and beyond. The VIP Lounge will offer a luxurious post-racetrack experience from Thursday through Saturday of Derby Weekend,…

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LouisvilleKY’s Churchill Downs to host job fair

From 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 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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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),…


LouisvilleKY announces Largest Events of the Year

Events, tradeshows and conventions with the most economic impact in 2018   LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Louisville attracts 16.4 million visitors annually which generates an estimated $3.5 billion in economic impact for the city. In addition to Louisville’s general appeal and permanent attractions, events hosted in the city were a huge driver of tourism impact. These were the largest of those drivers in 2018 and their estimated event impact on Louisville’s economy: Kentucky Derby – $354,931,061 Breeders’ Cup World Championship – $70,078,602 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference – $26,219,013 Mid-America Trucking Show Annual Trade Show – $25,610,761 National Farm Machinery Show…

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

Story and photos from Churchill 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…