Kentucky Derby

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4:55 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Film Features Mine That Bird's Unlikely Kentucky Derby Victory

Chip Woolley and Mine That Bird at Churchill Downs
Credit Jacob Ryan/WFPL News

When the thoroughbred Mine That Bird entered the starting gate at the 2009 Kentucky Derby, the odds certainly were not in his favor.

Being ridden by renowned jockey Calvin Borel, the horse was nearly eight lengths behind the field at one point of the race.  But, just as trainer Chip Woolley began losing hope, Mine That Bird made a move.

Here is the memorable race:

“It got better as it went along,” Wooley said.

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Local News
7:00 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Project Seeks Volunteers to Combat Human Trafficking During the Kentucky Derby


An organization dedicated to ending human trafficking is asking for as many as 200 outreach volunteers to help combat human trafficking during the Kentucky Derby season.

Cities that host national events such as the Derby see "a huge increase in the number of potential victims" of human trafficking, said Matthew Clark, director of the Redlight Project. Clark said another concern is that many people, particularly minors, who run away or get lost in cities become entangled in human trafficking.

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Local News
9:18 pm
Sat April 12, 2014

Dance With Fate Wins Blue Grass Stakes


Dance With Fate charged past Pablo De Monte to win the $750,000 Blue Grass Stakes on Saturday at Keeneland and earn major points toward the Kentucky Derby.

Pablo Del Monte and race favorite Bobby's Kitten set the pace nearing the top of the stretch before Dance With Fate began moving through the pack with Medal Count in tow. The Florida-bred colt eventually surged past Pablo Del Monte in the final furlong to beat Medal Count by 1 3/4 lengths, earning his first graded stakes victory and 100 points for the Derby.

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Local News
2:29 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Bobby's Kitten Leads a Field of 14 for Saturday's Bluegrass Stakes

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The post positions are set for Saturday’s running of the $750,000 Bluegrass Stakes at Keeneland Racecourse in Lexington.

Bobby's Kitten is the 3-1 early favorite in the field of 14.

Javier Castellano will ride the Chad Brown-trained bay colt, who drew the fifth post position for the race awarding 170 points toward the Kentucky Derby. The winner earns 100 points, which all but assures a spot in the 140th Run for the Roses.

Bobby's Kitten has three wins and two third place finishes — one of which was in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf at Santa Anita.

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9:52 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Churchill Downs' Officials Prep for Kentucky Oaks

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The fight against breast and ovarian cancers will again be the focus of Kentucky Oaks Day at Churchill Downs.

The 140th running of the Kentucky Oaks will be preceded by the 6th annual Pink Out and Survivors Parade.  Both focus on raising awareness and funds for cancer research.

The 2014 Survivors Parade will include 140 people who have been diagnosed with breast or ovarian cancer.

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Local News
1:54 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Kentucky Derby Museum Opens Archives To Public

Credit Courtesy of the Kentucky Derby Museum

Fans of the Kentucky Derby now have easier access to media and historic archives that date back to the mid-19th Century.

“There really was an impetus by our administration to really become the primary resource center for the Kentucky Derby and Churchill Downs,"  says curator Chris Goodlet.

There are an estimated 17,000 items archived in the Colonel Clark Library. Some of them are under high security, Goodlet says.

One of the more impressive collections came from the late Jim Bolus, who wrote for the Louisville Times and Courier Journal.

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Local News
4:31 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Churchill Downs Getting (Really, Really) Big Screen TV

Credit Illustration via Churchill Downs

Churchill Downs is getting a television upgrade. 

A big one.

In a $12-million project in collaboration with Panasonic, the Louisville racetrack is erecting a 15,224-square foot high-definition video screen beyond the direct track on the backstretch. 

The screen will tower 80 feet above the barn area at about the midway point of the backstretch.

It will be visible from more than 56,000 seats in the grandstands and suites, as well as to thousands of fans in the 26 acre infield," said John Asher, vice president of racing communications at Churchill.

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Local News
3:07 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

How Does the Kentucky Derby's New Logo Stack Up Against Recent Versions?

We're just shy of eight months away from that season when Louisville becomes a mash-up of a Kid Rock concert and a "Great Gatsby" cosplay party—but you can't really escape the Kentucky Derby in this town no matter the date.

So Churchill Downs has revealed the new logos for the 2014 Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks.

Here they are:

The firm SME designed the logos, as it has for the past six years. They were trying to pay "homage to both the traditions and pedigree of these iconic brands," Churchill Downs said in a news release.

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Local News
8:00 am
Tue September 3, 2013

After 123 Years, September Racing Resumes at Churchill Downs

Rick Howlett

For the first time in more than a century, there will be live racing during the month of September at Churchill Downs.

"The fall meet used to be staged during September on nine occasions between 1875 and 1890, so this is obviously an unusual occurrence, the first time that we’ve had three meets in the calendar year," said track spokesman Darren Rogers. 

The home of the Kentucky Derby will have 12 racing dates this month, including two night racing cards.

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Local News
1:22 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Grandstand Terrace Project Underway at Churchill Downs

A warehouse area behind the grandstand is taken down to make way for the new Grandstand Terrace at Churchill Downs
Rick Howlett

Work is underway on the creation of a new venue for racing fans at Churchill Downs.

Demolition has begun to make way for the $14.5 million Grandstand Terrace.    It’s scheduled for completion in time for next year’s Kentucky Derby.   

The project will add 2,400 seats and more amenities to the grandstand at the head of the track’s homestretch that also overlooks the Kentucky Derby starting gate.

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