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Lady Antebellum Will Sing Anthem at LouisvilleKY’s Derby

from Churchill Downs MULTI-PLATINUM AWARD-WINNING LADY ANTEBELLUM TO SING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM AT THE KENTUCKY DERBY Churchill Downs Racetrack announced that the seven-time Grammy Award-winning trio Lady Antebellum will sing the national anthem at the 142nd Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands on Saturday, May 7. Kicking off the summer season of their 2016 Summer Tour, the country superstars will come together to perform, “The Star-Spangled Banner” live to the more than 170,000 fans who attend the Kentucky Derby. The performance will take place in the Kentucky Derby Winner’s Circle just after 5 p.m. EDT, which will be broadcast live as part of NBC’s…


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Louisville Ky’s Churchill Downs reacts to Calvin Borel’s retirement announcement

  LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, March 30, 2016) – Upon learning the news of Hall of Fame jockey Calvin Borel’s retirement on Wednesday morning, Churchill Downs Racetrack President Kevin Flanery issued the following statement: “Along with his three Kentucky Derby victories and his status as one of the most accomplished jockeys in Churchill Downs history, Calvin’s 20 years at our track were as notable for his relationship with our fans as his excellence on the track. Calvin rose to racing’s Hall of Fame from humble beginnings, and that was reflected in his ongoing relationship with our fans – and especially children. He…


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In Louisville KY It’s Always Time to Think Derby

LAST DAY TO REGISTER FOR ONLINE PRE-SALE OF 2016 KENTUCKY DERBY, OAKS TICKETS is NOV. 4 LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Wednesday, Nov. 4 is the last day for the public to register online for Churchill Downs Racetrack’s Nov. 10 online pre-sale of approximately 10,000 reserved seats to the 2016 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands and the Longines Kentucky Oaks. If any seats remain after the Nov. 10 pre-sale, they will be available to non-registered fans starting Thursday, Nov. 12. The deadline to register online ends at midnight ET on Nov. 4, 2015. If you do not register, you cannot take part in the pre-sale and will have…


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Downs After Dark to help University of Louisville group’s pediatric cancer fight

LOUISVILLE, KY (Monday, Sept. 14, 2015) – Churchill Downs Racetrack and University of Louisville student philanthropic group raiseRED today announced a partnership to highlight and raise money for raiseRED at the September 19 Downs After Dark presented by Stella Artois & Jack Daniels. raiseRED is a student run organization that supports pediatric cancer research and the children, families and doctors fighting pediatric cancer at UofL. Churchill Downs Racetrack will donate to raiseRED $2 of every General Admission ticket and $3 of every reserved box or dining ticket sold for Saturday’s Downs After Dark athttp://www.churchilldowns.com/raiseRED. All funds raised by raiseRED will go to UofL’s Division of Pediatric Hematology & Oncology in…


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Louisville’s Churchill Downs announces $18 million upgrades to track

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015) – Churchill Downs Racetrack, one of the world’s most recognized sports venues and home of the Kentucky Derby, has announced an extensive $18 million capital project to modernize the Turf Club and several other premium areas. The changes include: Stakes Room         A new and enlarged Stakes Room on the fourth floor of the Clubhouse will combine the current Stakes Room, Aristides Room, Directors’ Room and Turf Club Lounge into a new, spectacular open space paying homage to the rich traditions of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby. The exclusive grand setting of an open…


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Points for Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Doubled for Potential 2016 Kentucky Derby Horses

LOUISVILLE, Ky., – Points for the $2 million Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (Grade I), the nation’s most lucrative race for 2-year-old Thoroughbreds, have been doubled for the 2015-16 Road to the Kentucky Derby – the series of 35 select races that determine which horses will qualify to the 142nd running of the $2 million guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) on Saturday, May 7, 2016. Points awarded to this year’s Top 4 finishers in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile will be 20-8-4-2, which is valued twice as much as its previous three runnings in the series. The race also is…


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Louisville’s Churchill Downs to be subject of RIT Big Shot’s next community photo project

LOUISVILLE, Ky.,  – The next RIT Big Shot promises to be a beautiful photo finish when Rochester Institute of Technology’s longtime community photography project captures a spectacular nighttime image of a national icon –Churchill Downs Racetrack, home of the Kentucky Derby, in Louisville, Ky., on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015.  The Big Shot relies on the participation of hundreds of volunteers to provide the primary light source for the image while RIT photographers shoot an extended exposure. It’s a signature event for RIT and is led by the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences, which is nationally recognized for its degree programs….


Horse Industry Legend, Philanthropist Marylou Whitney to be honored by Louisville’s Churchill Downs

Louisville, Ky., – Marylou Whitney, whose accomplishments and generosity in the worlds of Thoroughbred racing and philanthropy have garnered national acclaim and admiration for decades, will be honored by Churchill Downs Racetrack (“CDRT”) with the designation of “First Lady of the Oaks” during the celebration of the 141st running of the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (Grade I), America’s premier race for 3-year-old fillies scheduled at the Louisville track on Friday, May 1. The designation of a “First Lady of the Oaks” has been part of the tradition of the Kentucky Oaks since 2009. The honoree is a special individual who has celebrated women’s causes through professional and personal…


Track Caller Travis Stone Meets the Media

From Churchill Downs – New Track Announcer Travis Stone will meet local media members Thursday at the Track. Here’s his first local interview – from the Rusty Satellite Show.  Travis Stone grew up in Schroon Lake, N.Y. spending summers at Saratoga Race Course and greatly admiring the work of legendary announcers Tom Durkin and Dave Johnson. After graduating from SUNY Oneonta with degree in Communication Arts, he landed his first job as a track announcer at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs in 2006 at age 22 and held that post through 2013. When Larry Collmus left Monmouth Park after 20 years to…


Jay Bilas Cracks Louisville KY Up at They’re Off Luncheon

If this basketball analysis thing doesn’t work out, you get the feeling that Jay Bilas might make it as a stand-up comedian. And for that matter, WAVE-TV’s Scott Reynolds, emcee at the Kentucky Derby Festival They’re Off Luncheon, pulled off some good one-liners himself, as well as a pretty good Barney the Dinosaur impression. Reynolds introduced a wave of dignitaries to speak on the wide dais, and apparently all of them employed writers with the assignment of ribbing Bilas about being from Duke. Churchill Downs president Kevin Flanery (who was on this week’s Rusty Satellite Show), Agriculture Commissioner James Comer,…