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Following the overwhelming popularity of a three-date market test this spring, Churchill Downs, the legendary home of the Kentucky Derby, will stage six special “Downs After Dark” nighttime racing programs under the lights in 2010.
Churchill Downs Unveils Artwork for Kentucky Derby 136 by Internationally Acclaimed French Artist Linda Le Kinff
A bold and colorful painting by internationally acclaimed French artist Linda Le Kinff was unveiled Friday, Nov. 13 at Churchill Downs as the official artwork of the 2010 Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks. The focal point of the vibrant work, which showcases exquisite line quality, is the world famous Kentucky Derby winner’s circle.
Churchill Downs will offer free general admission to all United States veterans and active military on Wednesday, Nov. 11 with proof of identification.
Admission gates open at 11:30 a.m. and the 10-race card, which begins at 12:40 p.m. ET, is highlighted by a six-day Pick 6 carryover of $21,099 on Races 5-10.
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.
When Churchill Downs’ popular “Dress to Impress” Friday Happy Hours, sponsored by Budweiser Select, return for a three-week run on Nov. 6, the event will have a new look and feel, thanks to the same designer who helped transform the historic racetrack into Louisville’s ultimate nighttime hot spot for three nights of racing this spring.
For the first time since 1999, the Breeders’ Cup World Championships will be simulcast during Churchill Downs’ Fall Meet. Racing’s year-end global championship event, which consists of 14 races and $25.5 million in prize money, will be run at Southern California’s Santa Anita on Friday, Nov. 6 and Saturday, Nov. 7.
Churchill Downs to Give Away $10,000 in College Scholarships, Free Admission to Full-Time Students on Friday, Nov. 6
Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association will host their annual “College Scholarship Day” at the historic home of the Kentucky Derby on Friday, Nov. 6. A total of $10,000 in college scholarships will be given away that day to randomly drawn students between live races.
Churchill Downs’ popular “Who’s the Champ” Handicapping Tournament will take place every Wednesday and Sunday during the 2009 Fall Meet through Nov. 22.
Churchill Downs will welcome outstanding Metro Louisville area high school students who are members of the 2009 Churchill Downs Governor’s Scholars initiative to the historic home of the Kentucky Derby on Wednesday, Nov. 4 with a reception at the track.
The first 5,000 fans in attendance on Sunday, Nov. 1 – opening day of the 2009 Fall Meet – will receive a free 2010 Churchill Downs Wall Calendar, sponsored by Humana. The colorful calendar features major event listings and vivid and memorable images from the Kentucky Derby and around the historic racetrack.