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LouisvilleKY’s Churchill Downs to upgrade parking lots and more

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Churchill Downs Racetrack (“Churchill Downs”), one of the world’s most historic sports and entertainment venues, has unveiled plans to improve the parking and transportation experience for guests traveling to the Kentucky Derby. The $32 million project will feature a significantly enlarged, highly-efficient bus depot and additional transportation infrastructure for more than 170,000 guests that attend the Kentucky Derby each year, while also enhancing the overall traffic and parking flow for guests who visit the historic racetrack throughout the year. For the 2018 Kentucky Derby Week race events, Churchill Downs will package official parking permits with advanced orders for…


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LouisvilleKy’s Famous Horse Race gets a new sponsor

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017) – Churchill Downs Incorporated (“CDI”, NASDAQ: CHDN) and Brown-Forman Corporation (“Brown-Forman”, NYSE:BFA,BFB) today announced a five-year agreement through which Brown-Forman’s Woodford Reserve bourbon will be the presenting sponsor of the Kentucky Derby. Beginning with its 144th running on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at Churchill Downs Racetrack(“Churchill Downs”) in Louisville, Ky., the $2 million classic race for 3-year-old Thoroughbreds and one of America’s premier sports and entertainment events will be known as the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve.  America’s oldest continuously-held sports event with a history that dates to 1875, the Kentucky Derby will be nationally televised by NBC Sports. Terms of the presenting sponsor agreement…


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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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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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LouisvilleKy’s Thundernator has been named

  April 13, 2017. Louisville, KY.   – Through a special second chance promotion sponsored by the Kentucky Lottery, Brandenburg, KY resident Mary Hager won the opportunity to be this year’s Festival Fanatic for the 2017 Kentucky Derby Festival.  As part of her big win, Hager will serve as the Thundernator for the Derby Festival Opening Ceremonies:  Thunder Over Louisville on Saturday, April 22.  Hager will provide the Thunder countdown and “zero” ignition to activate the Thunder launch system sequence in the Command Center at the Galt House Hotel. Additionally, Mary receives nine other Festival VIP experiences including a ride down…


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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…


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LouisvilleKYMusic Industry Now Has Derby Week Red Carpet Event

Louisville, KY., – Louisville will see it’s first Derby week red carpet event just for music industry professionals aboard the Belle of Louisville from 5 to 8 p.m. on May 2nd, 2017 thanks to Eastwood Records, Genius Loves Company, Redbull, Rose Blade Creative Gardens and Elektra.Tech. The Louisville Muse Cruise is an annual invitation only event for the Louisville music industry to become more connected in order to create stronger industry in Kentucky. Some proceeds will benefit musicians through a partnership with  local non-profit Musician’s Emergency Resource Foundation. Although the event is focused on the Kentucky industry,  there have been some…


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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….