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Churchill Downs will celebrate “Ladies’ Weekend” on Saturday, Nov. 14 and Sunday, Nov. 15 with a special ladies only handicapping seminar, unique boutique bazaar and warehouse sale and the second annual celebration of “Horses and Hope” to raise awareness for breast cancer.
The weekend festivities begin early on Saturday, Nov. 14 with an informative new seminar entitled “Ladies First” Racing Seminar & Breakfast: How to be a Lucky Lady! Churchill Downs has partnered with the newly formed group F.A.T.E. (Females Are Thoroughbred Enthusiasts) in an effort to educate women on all aspects of horse racing, from beginner handicapping to Thoroughbred ownership. The seminar and breakfast for ladies of all ages will take place in the Oaks Room on the fourth floor of the Jockey Club Suites from 9-11 a.m. and feature Churchill Downs’ Jill Byrne, the Courier-Journal’s Jennie Rees, top horse owner Maggi Moss and former jockey P.J. Cooksey. In addition to the seminar and breakfast, the $25 admission will include parking, an official program and reserved seat for a day at the races.
Guests of the seminar will also get a sneak preview of Churchill Downs’ first Boutique Bazaar and Warehouse Sale to benefit the Kentucky Derby Museum. Approximately 15-20 Louisville-area boutiques – including Clodhoppers, Dressing Room, Peacock Boutique and General Eccentric – will be on hand Saturday, Nov. 14 for a sure-to-be fabulous warehouse sale of discounted ladies fashion, accessories and hostess gifts. The one-stop shop haven is free to attend with paid general admission from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will also feature a Chambord and Champagne cocktail sample and an appearance by Brown-Forman’s Chief Entertainment Officer Tim Laird with demonstrations of unique signature cocktails.
On Sunday, Nov. 15, “Horses and Hope,” the initiative created in 2008 by Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear with the Kentucky Cancer Program, will return to focus attention on breast cancer awareness, education, screening and treatment referral for the women who work in the barn areas at Kentucky racetracks. More than 700 cancer survivors attended the inaugural event a year ago in Millionaire’s Row 4. In conjunction with “Horses and Hope”, the color of pink will be scattered throughout Churchill Downs, including saddle towels for a featured race, jockey arm bands, groom’s vests, outriders, flags, bunting and trophies for winning horse owners.
To help celebrate “Ladies Weekend”, Churchill Downs’ world famous Twin Spires will be bathed in pink light throughout the week, starting on the evening of Wednesday, Nov. 11.
Additionally, Churchill Downs, in conjunction with Thorntons, will host an on-track sweepstakes to win one of 20 $250 gas cards on Saturday, Nov. 14 and Sunday, Nov. 15. All patrons age 18 and up will be eligible to submit one entry at the Thorntons booth in the paddock area until 3 p.m. each day. In turn, one winner will be drawn after each of the 10 races on Nov. 14-15.
Churchill Downs’ 120th Fall Meet, featuring world-class horse racing, continues its 21-day run through Saturday, Nov. 28. General admission is $3, but only $1 for senior citizens and members of the track’s free-to-join Twin Spires Club. Children 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Parking is free in the Longfield Avenue lot (Gates 10 & 12) and $3 in all other lots. Valet parking is $5. For more information or to purchase reserved seats, call (502) 636-4400 or visit www.ChurchillDowns.com.
Churchill Downs, the world’s most legendary racetrack, has conducted Thoroughbred racing and presented America’s greatest race, the Kentucky Derby, continuously since 1875. Located in Louisville, the flagship racetrack of Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ Global Select Market: CHDN) also operates Trackside at Churchill Downs, which offers year-round simulcast wagering at the historic track. Churchill Downs will conduct the 136th running of the Kentucky Derby on May 1, 2010. The track will conduct its 2009 Fall Meet from Sunday, Nov. 1 through Saturday, Nov. 28. Churchill Downs is scheduled to host the Breeders’ Cup World Championships for a record seventh time on November 5 and 6, 2010. Information about Churchill Downs can be found on the Internet at www.churchilldowns.com.
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The Breeders’ Cup and Churchill Downs today have unveiled the official event logo for the 27th running of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs, November 5-6, 2010. The 2010 World Championships will mark a record seventh time that Churchill Downs will host the event. The 2009 Breeders’ Cup World Championships will be held at the Oak Tree Racing Meet at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. and consists of 14 races and $25.5 million in purses on Friday, Nov. 6 and Saturday, Nov. 7 and will be televised on ABC and ESPN and in 130 countries.
Six of the seven largest one-day attendance figures in Breeders' Cup history have been recorded at Churchill Downs, including the record crowd of 80,452 that witnessed the event in 1998.
The 2010 Breeders Cup logo incorporates the Breeders’ Cup classic and elegant purple with the Thoroughbred mark in the center of the logo and one of the most recognizable icons in sports, the twin spires at Churchill Downs shaded in silver with the center circle enveloped by a silver outer ring. The words “World Championships” are placed in an arc over the top of the logo and “Churchill Downs” under the circle. Combined, the logo captures the prestige of the Breeders’ Cup with the timeless architecture associated with the twin spires of Churchill Downs.
Churchill Downs Lowers 'Happy Hour' Prices, Adds Beverage Stations, Boosts Staff For 'Downs After Dark' II
After a successful launch of night racing with last Friday’s historic “Downs After Dark” debut, Churchill Downs is offering fans who were frustrated by lines at beverage stations during the night racing debut lower drink prices and significant increases in both drink stations and staff for the track’s second night racing program on Friday, June 26.
Churchill Downs is promising cheap beer, short lines and great racing to fans who return to the historic home of the Kentucky Derby for the second ‘Downs After Dark” night racing program. Beer prices during extended “Friday Happy Hours” have been lowered to $1 and Churchill Downs will double its number of beverage stations and triple its staff members at those stations throughout the track to ensure that night racing fans will obtain their drinks quickly and at a great price.
The track will also have roving beer vendors moving through the crowd during Friday’s second night racing card beneath the Twin Spires.
“Friday Happy Hours” are scheduled from 4-8 p.m. (all times EDT) and the first of 11 races in the second “Downs After Dark” night racing program is set for 6 p.m. The $1 beer prices during “Friday Happy Hours” will be available throughout the Paddock Garden. Also, as in last week’s night racing debut, a DJ will provide music during “Happy Hours” and throughout the evening, which will conclude after the final race, which is scheduled for 11:11 p.m.
“More than 28,000 turned out for the debut of night racing at Churchill Downs and the evening was a great success on most every level, but our track fell short in one important area of guest service, our fans have spoken to us about their disappointment and we have listened,” said Bill Carstanjen, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Churchill Downs Incorporated. “Last Friday was a special and historic night at Churchill Downs and we hope that every fan that shared the evening with us will always carry wonderful memories of the evening. But many fans were clearly unhappy with the unacceptable level of service offered in beer lines throughout the track. We share their frustration, apologize for the experience and vow it will not happen again. We’re hoping all fans who were with us for the debut of night racing under the Twin Spires will be back with us again this Friday and on Thursday, July 2 and give us a chance to make racing under the lights at Churchill Downs truly special for everyone.”
General admission for night racing at Churchill Downs on Friday, June 26 and Thursday, July 2 is $6 ($1 for Twin Spires Club Members and seniors over 60, free for children 12 and under).
Seating for special “Date Night” dining on Millionaires Row 4 & 6 is available for Friday, June 26 and Thursday, July 2, but reserved seats are being filled quickly for both nights. “Date Night” packages for the June 26 and July 2 sessions of “Downs After Dark” racing are $39.95 and can be made by calling (502) 636-4400.