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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.
Sackatoga Stable’s Funny Cide, winner of the 2003 Kentucky Derby and one of the most popular winners of the “Run for the Roses” in recent years, will return to the site of his greatest triumph when he travels to Churchill Downs on Saturday, Oct.
Fewer than three months after a tornado roared the stable area at historic Churchill Downs, restoration and repair work on barns damaged by the storm’s winds is complete and horses are moving into those structures to prepare for competition during the track’s Oct. 30-Nov. 27 Fall Meet.
The official event logos for Kentucky Derby 138 and Kentucky Oaks 138 were released Monday (Aug. 29) by Churchill Downs, and officially licensed apparel and gift items featuring the new marks are now available for purchase online at www.KentuckyDerbyStore.com.
Churchill Downs has been the scene of many historic races and special moments since its debut meet in 1875, but few of the track’s racing meets held each year since have seen as many historic ‘firsts’ – including an unusual blast from Mother Nature – as the 2011 Spring Meet concluded its 38-day run with an Independence Day program on Monday, July 4.