Churchill Downs

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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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1:54 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Kentucky Derby Museum Opens Archives To Public

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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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6:46 am
Sun October 13, 2013

A Kentuckian (Who You Maybe Never Have Heard of) Owns the Fourth Most Land in the U.S.


A low-key Kentuckian is among the nation's top landowners.

That's the word from The Land Report, a magazine for and about people who, well, own land.

The Land Report has recently ranked the "100 Largest Landowners in the U.S."—that is, the 100 people who own the most land in the nation.

No. 4 on the list is Brad Kelley. 

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4:31 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Churchill Downs Getting (Really, Really) Big Screen TV

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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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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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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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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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1:22 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Dreaming of Julia Leads Field of 11 in Kentucky Oaks

Dreaming of Julia

A field of 11 is set for Friday’s running of the 139th Kentucky Oaks.

The post positions for the fillies-only race were drawn this  morning at Churchill Downs.

The early favorite, at 3 -1, is Dreaming of Julia, one of four Todd Pletcher-trained entries.    Jockey John Velazquez will be aboard.

Dreaming of Julia is coming off an impressive victory last month in the Gulfstream Park Oaks, which she won by nearly 22 lengths. 

She'll  break from post position eight in the Kentucky Oaks.

Local News
3:56 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Coolers, Big Purses Added to List of Banned Items for Kentucky Derby and Oaks

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Churchill Downs is revising the items people can bring into the racetrack during the Kentucky Derby and Oaks because of security concerns raised from Monday's bombing at the Boston Marathon.

Added to the list of banned items are coolers, fireworks, noisemakers, laser lights/pointers, mace/pepper spray and purses larger than a foot in any dimension. You'll be able to buy a Styrofoam cooler and ice at the track at "comparable" prices to retailers, Churchill Downs says.

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10:36 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Kentucky Derby Festival Events Will Be Held As Scheduled Despite Boston Bombings

Kentucky Derby Festival officials  say all festival events will go on despite the bombings at the Boston Marathon.

KDF President Mike Berry said Monday nothing will be canceled. The festival puts on 70 events around the Kentucky Derby, including the massive Thunder Over Louisville air and fireworks show set for Saturday.

Festival officials estimate some 800,000 people could show up along the Ohio River waterfront in Louisville and southern Indiana to watch the annual show.

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