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

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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


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


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

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American Pharoah Is the Favorite in the 141st Kentucky Derby

April 29, 2015

American Pharoah is the favorite at 5-2 and Dortmund is the second choice at 3-1 to win the first leg of horse racing's Triple Crown. Read Story

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How Black Jockeys Went From Common to Rare in the Kentucky Derby

April 29, 2015

The decline of black jockeys in the Derby and the rest of thoroughbred racing is intricately tied to the history of race and economics in the U.S., experts said. Read Story


Here Are the Louisville Traffic and Safety Plans for the Rest of Derby Week

April 29, 2015

Louisville Metro Police have been hammering out a plan they are confident will be the most effective way to move traffic in and out of the areas surrounding Churchill Downs on Thursday through Saturday. Read Story


Some Things To Know For Thunder Over Louisville

April 14, 2015

Thunder Over Louisville is Saturday, meaning that day will likely be the busiest of the year for downtown Louisville. Read Story

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Consumers Warned of Kentucky Derby Ticket Scams

April 9, 2015

With Kentucky’s most famous horse races less than four weeks away, the Better Business Bureau is warning fans not to fall prey to ticket scams. Read Story