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Julian Logan “Buck” Wheat, Churchill Downs’ Director of Horsemen’s Relations long known as the “Mayor of the Backside” at the home of the Kentucky Derby, died Wednesday afternoon of complications from injuries suffered in a Tuesday fall at his home. Wheat was 78.
Churchill Downs Closes Memorable Fall Meet Highlighted by Breeders' Cup, Clark 'Cap; But Field Sizes Decline
Churchill Downs concluded the 122nd Fall Meet in its 137-year history on Sunday, Nov 27 during which rainy weather failed to dim the highlights of a memorable 21-day racing session highlighted by a record eighth visit by the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, the introduction of a new star in the Grade I Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare, and a sparkling racing session fo
Volunteers and staff from The Lord’s Kitchen and racetrack and corporate team members from Churchill Downs have started Thanksgiving Week beneath the historic Twin Spires with the annual task of preparing boxes of food items that will distributed with frozen turkeys during the charitable organization’s annual Thanksgiving Family Food Box Giveaway at the track on&nb
Hundreds of survivors of breast cancer will join family and friends, Gov Steve Beshear and First Lady Jane Beshear, and other dignitaries on Sunday, Nov 20 at Churchill Downs for the track’s annual “Horses and Hope Day at the Races.”
The lone Downs After Dark nighttime racing event of Churchill Downs’ 21-day Fall Meet is Friday (Nov 18), and the first of 11 races under the lights at the historic home of the Kentucky Derby will be 4:30 pm (all times Eastern).
Fans attending Fall Meet racing at Churchill Downs during Friday’s “Downs After Dark” night racing celebration and racing programs on Saturday and Sunday will have the opportunity to help local charities heading into the holiday season throughout the historic track’s “Pony Up for Charity” Weekend.
Twenty-eight outstanding Metro Louisville area high school students – all members of the 2011 class of Churchill Downs Governor’s Scholars (“CDGS”) – will be welcomed and honored at Churchill Downs, the famed home of the Kentucky Derby, during a reception at the track on Thursday, Nov. 17.
Ten $1,000 scholarships will be distributed to full-time students from colleges and universities throughout the country when Churchill Downs joins the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association (“KTA”) for the annual College Scholarship Day at the home of the Kentucky Derby on Friday, Nov. 11.
Moustaches will be in vogue at Churchill Downs during the upcoming 21-day Fall Meet as the historic Louisville racetrack teams with the Movember Foundation to raise funds and awareness for men’s health.
Neighbors Churchill Downs and the University of Louisville football Cardinals are teaming again to offer fans “Pigskins & Ponies Presented by Kroger”, a special ticket package to a late October weekend of exciting Cardinal football and spectacular Fall Meet racing at the home of the Kentucky Derby.