Churchill Downs http://wfpl.org en Churchill Downs Inc. Preps For Big Race, and Executives Win Big With Bonuses http://wfpl.org/post/churchill-downs-inc-preps-big-race-and-executives-win-big-bonuses <p>The Kentucky Derby is still more than a month away, but Churchill Downs Inc. executives are already celebrating a big payday.</p><p>A lot of money passes through CDI. The Louisville-based gaming company owns five horse racetracks, six casinos and the nation’s top online wagering site, <a href="http://TwinSpires.com">TwinSpires.com.</a></p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 16:14:33 +0000 James McNair, Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting 8999 at http://wfpl.org Churchill Downs Inc. Preps For Big Race, and Executives Win Big With Bonuses PETA Accuses Top Trainer of Abuses at Churchill Downs, Saratoga Springs http://wfpl.org/post/peta-accuses-top-trainer-abuses-churchill-downs-saratoga-springs <p>One of the most successful trainers in horse racing history is being accused of mistreating horses.</p><p>People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or <a href="http://www.peta.org/">PETA</a>, filed the complaints after its undercover staff captured video of what its describing as &nbsp;unethical and cruel practices being administered to horses at Churchill Downs and Saratoga Springs in New York.</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/9TJVA2lwW4A" width="560"></iframe></p><p></p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 20:29:15 +0000 Jacob Ryan 8929 at http://wfpl.org PETA Accuses Top Trainer of Abuses at Churchill Downs, Saratoga Springs Churchill Downs' Officials Prep for Kentucky Oaks http://wfpl.org/post/churchill-downs-officials-prep-kentucky-oaks <p>The fight against breast and ovarian cancers will again be the focus of Kentucky Oaks Day at Churchill Downs.</p><p>The 140<sup>th</sup> running of the <a href="http://www.kentuckyderby.com/kentucky-oaks">Kentucky Oaks</a> will be preceded by the 6th annual <a href="http://www.kentuckyderby.com/kentucky-oaks/pink-out">Pink Out</a> and<a href="http://www.kentuckyderby.com/survivors"> Survivors Parade</a>.&nbsp; Both focus on raising awareness and funds for cancer research.</p><p>The 2014 Survivors Parade will include 140 people who have been diagnosed with breast or ovarian cancer.</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 13:52:40 +0000 Jacob Ryan 8907 at http://wfpl.org Churchill Downs' Officials Prep for Kentucky Oaks Kentucky Derby Museum Opens Archives To Public http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-derby-museum-opens-archives-public <p>Fans of the Kentucky Derby now have easier access to media and historic archives that date back to the mid-19<sup>th</sup> Century.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“There really was an impetus by our administration to really become the primary resource center for the Kentucky Derby and Churchill Downs,"&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;says c<span style="line-height: 1.5;">urator Chris </span>Goodlet.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There are an estimated 17,000 items archived in the Colonel Clark Library. Some of them are under high security, Goodlet says.</span></p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 18:54:38 +0000 Devin Katayama 7916 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Derby Museum Opens Archives To Public A Kentuckian (Who You Maybe Never Have Heard of) Owns the Fourth Most Land in the U.S. http://wfpl.org/post/kentuckian-who-you-maybe-never-have-heard-owns-fourth-most-land-us <p>A low-key Kentuckian&nbsp;is among the nation&#39;s top landowners.</p><p>That&#39;s the word from The Land Report, a magazine <a href="http://www.landreport.com/about-us/">for and about people who, well, own land.</a></p><p>The Land Report has recently ranked the &quot;100 Largest Landowners in the U.S.&quot;&mdash;that is, the 100 people who own the most land in the nation.</p><p>No. 4 on the list is Brad Kelley.&nbsp;</p> Sun, 13 Oct 2013 10:46:44 +0000 Joseph Lord 7190 at http://wfpl.org A Kentuckian (Who You Maybe Never Have Heard of) Owns the Fourth Most Land in the U.S. Churchill Downs Getting (Really, Really) Big Screen TV http://wfpl.org/post/churchill-downs-getting-really-really-big-screen-tv <p>Churchill Downs is getting a television upgrade.&nbsp;</p><p>A big one.</p><p>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.&nbsp;</p><p>The screen will tower 80 feet above the barn area at about the midway point of the backstretch.</p> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 20:31:14 +0000 Jacob Ryan 7131 at http://wfpl.org Churchill Downs Getting (Really, Really) Big Screen TV How Does the Kentucky Derby's New Logo Stack Up Against Recent Versions? http://wfpl.org/post/how-does-kentucky-derbys-new-logo-stack-against-recent-versions <p>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&nbsp;party—but you can't really escape the Kentucky Derby in this town no matter the date.</p><p>So Churchill Downs has revealed the new logos for the 2014 Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks.</p><p>Here they are:</p><p></p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 19:07:10 +0000 Joseph Lord 6744 at http://wfpl.org How Does the Kentucky Derby's New Logo Stack Up Against Recent Versions? After 123 Years, September Racing Resumes at Churchill Downs http://wfpl.org/post/after-123-years-september-racing-resumes-churchill-downs <p>For the first time in more than a century, there will be live racing during the month of September at <a href="http://www.churchilldowns.com/">Churchill Downs</a>.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"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.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p>The home of the Kentucky Derby will have 12 racing dates this month, including two night racing cards.</p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Rick Howlett 6678 at http://wfpl.org After 123 Years, September Racing Resumes at Churchill Downs Grandstand Terrace Project Underway at Churchill Downs http://wfpl.org/post/grandstand-terrace-project-underway-churchill-downs <p>Work is underway on the creation of a new venue for racing fans at Churchill Downs.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Demolition has begun to make way for the $14.5 million Grandstand Terrace.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; It’s scheduled for completion in time for next year’s Kentucky Derby. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p>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.</p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 17:22:35 +0000 Rick Howlett 6457 at http://wfpl.org Grandstand Terrace Project Underway at Churchill Downs Dreaming of Julia Leads Field of 11 in Kentucky Oaks http://wfpl.org/post/dreaming-julia-leads-field-11-kentucky-oaks <p></p><p>A field of 11 is set for Friday’s running of the <a href="http://www.kentuckyderby.com/oaks/leaderboard">139<sup>th</sup> Kentucky Oaks</a>.</p><p>The post positions for the fillies-only race were drawn this &nbsp;morning at Churchill Downs.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The early favorite, at 3 -1, is Dreaming of Julia, one of four Todd </span>Pletcher-trained<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> entries.&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;Jockey John Velazquez </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">will be aboard.</span></p> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 17:22:17 +0000 Rick Howlett 5202 at http://wfpl.org Dreaming of Julia Leads Field of 11 in Kentucky Oaks