Sights and Sounds From the 2015 Kentucky Derby

May 3, 2015

The racetrack was packed with people sporting hats, colorful suits or dresses and mint julep cups in their hands. Most activities--from betting to eating--required a little patience, but the crowd from the infield to the paddock to the rest of the track appeared largely to be having a good time. Read Story

American Pharoah Wins Kentucky Derby

May 2, 2015

Favorite American Pharoah won the Kentucky Derby on Saturday before the largest crowd in the race's history. Read Story

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Strange Fruit: Baltimore Rising, Black Jockeys in the Derby, and Unlearning Childhood Racism

May 2, 2015

This week, we also spoke with author Jim Grimsley about his memoir, "How I Shed My Skin: Unlearning the Lessons of a Racist Childhood." Read Story

A mint julep stand at Churchill Downs

A History of the Kentucky Derby’s Favorite Drink—the Mint Julep

May 2, 2015

Why is this drink, of all drinks, the traditional cocktail of American horse racing's biggest day? Read Story

Lovely Maria Wins Kentucky Oaks

May 1, 2015

Lovely Maria took charge in the stretch to pass Angela Renee and went on to win the 141st Kentucky Oaks on Friday at Churchill Downs. Read Story


Kentucky Derby Week Brings Out Neighborhood’s Entrepreneurial Spirit

May 1, 2015

Churchill Downs is a place where people can make a few bucks—with a little luck at the betting windows. But outside the Louisville landmark, small-scale entrepreneurs line the front yards and sidewalks jockeying to earn some cash, too. Read Story


A Look at How the Kentucky Derby Festival Pays For Its 70 Events

May 1, 2015

With the Run for the Roses a day away and the Kentucky Derby Festival winding down, we took a look at the festival's finances through its most recent Form 990 filing with the Internal Revenue Service. Read Story

Listen: Remembering Judge John Heyburn

May 1, 2015

U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II, who struck down Kentucky's ban on same-sex marriage and ruled on other groundbreaking cases for Louisville, died earlier this week. Read Story


Betting Advice for the Kentucky Derby

May 1, 2015

Among the hundreds of journalists tracking the 20 contenders in the Run for the Roses is Mike Watchmaker, national handicapper for the Daily Racing Form. Read Story


Breaking Down Crime Numbers for Kentucky Oaks and Derby

May 1, 2015

Tens of thousands of residents and visitors descend on Churchill Downs this week for the annual running of the Kentucky Oaks and the Kentucky Derby. Read Story


More than 1,200 Kentucky Coal Jobs Have Been Lost So Far This Year

April 30, 2015

Coal jobs in Kentucky declined sharply in the first quarter of this year, according to the state’s latest quarterly coal report. Read Story


Jim Porter’s to Be Torn Down to Make Way For MSD Storage Basin Project

April 30, 2015

The Metropolitan Sewer District will purchase Jim Porter's Good Time Emporium on Lexington Road for $5 million, the agency announced Thursday. Read Story


Kentucky-Based Startup Recycles Horse Waste

April 30, 2015

On a small scale, it’s not a big deal to remove and compost the manure and urine laced-shavings. But for places with thousands of horses, it’s a nightmare. And that’s where the startup, Equine Eco Green comes in. Read Story


McConnell Cites New Legal Argument Opposing EPA’s Proposed Carbon Regulations

April 30, 2015

The EPA’s proposal—which hasn’t yet been finalized—will set greenhouse gas emissions reductions for each state. Read Story