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Churchill Downs will end its 2011 Spring Meet with a bang. The spring finale of “Downs After Dark” Presented by Budweiser Select is Friday (tonight) at 5 p.m. EDT (one-hour earlier than previously scheduled) and the 13-race card is billed as “The White Party” in which on-track guests are encouraged to wear an all-white wardrobe.
The first race for Friday’s “Downs After Dark” nighttime racing celebration at Churchill Downs has been moved up one hour to 5 p.m. (all times EDT) because it is now a special 13-race program.
Nearly 24 hours after a tornado tore through sections of the stable area at Churchill Downs, damage assessment and clean-up continued in the aftermath of the storm that hammered portions of the historic home of the Kentucky Derby.
Churchill Downs Racetrack will conduct its scheduled Downs After Dark night racing program on Friday, June 24. Track officials made the decision to resume live racing tomorrow after surveying damage to a number of barns and other structures in the Churchill Downs stable area this morning.
Churchill Downs Racetrack will be closed for live racing, training and simulcast-wagering operations on Thursday, June 23, following severe storms that damaged nine barns in the historic venue’s barnyard, along with a number of stable area structures, including some living accommodations for backstretch workers. No injuries to workers or horses on site were reported. Additionally, n
For the second time in two weeks, Churchill Downs Racetrack will raise overnight race purses because of higher than expected all-sources wagering levels. Effective immediately (Thursday, June 16), overnight purses will increase 15 percent for the final three weeks of the Spring Meet, which concludes its 39-day run on Monday, July 4.
Louisville’s biggest summer parties return in earnest to Churchill Downs for the final three weeks of the Spring Meet as the historic home of the Kentucky Derby welcomes back its wildly-popular Downs After Dark nighttime racing programs Friday at 6 p.m. EDT.
Food Network’s popular series, Cupcake Wars, will kick off their Season 3 premiere with an episode featuring Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby.
Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates, will join with Churchill Downs to play a major role in one of the historic track’s most important racing days as the emirate will partner with the home of the Kentucky Derby as presenting sponsor for the star-studded Stephen Foster Day racing program on Saturday, June 18.
Advanced wagering on Saturday’s 136th Preakness Stakes (Grade I) at Pimlico Race Course near Baltimore will be offered all day Friday at Churchill Downs.