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Let there be lights. Following the testing of temporary track lighting fixtures during early morning training hours on Monday and Tuesday, Churchill Downs officials declared the home of the Kentucky Derby ready for the first of three special dates of night racing billed as “Downs After Dark.”
Two organizations dedicated to raising funds for the ongoing search for a cure for breast cancer shared the spotlight Saturday at Churchill Downs as the historic home of the Kentucky Derby presented donations totaling $130,000 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure©, the world’s largest breast cancer organization, and Kentucky-based Horses and Hope.
Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Horses and Hope To Accept Churchill Downs Donations on Saturday, June 13
While many of America’s top horses will be competing in the $600,000 Stephen Foster Handicap and four other major races at Churchill Downs on Saturday, the search for a cure for breast cancer will also be in the spotlight as the historic track presents a $100,000 check to Susan G. Komen for the Cure©, the world’s largest breast cancer organization.
With five sensational graded stakes races cumulatively worth more than $1.2 million and a bevy of entertainment before and during the races, Saturday’s popular Reunion Day program at Churchill Downs promises to be action packed on and off the racetrack.
Early arrivals to Churchill Downs on Saturday will receive a free button to commemorate Mine That Bird’s victory in Kentucky Derby 135 (while supplies last) as the 3-year-old gelding attempts to land two-thirds of horse racing’s Triple Crown in the 141st running of the Belmont Stakes.
Churchill Downs will conduct the first of three historic “Downs After Dark” night racing sessions on Friday, June 19, as the home of the Kentucky Derby turns up the lights for the first time in its 135-year history.
Churchill Downs will add a third Pick 4 to its Spring Meet wagering menu, effective Friday, May 29.
The multi-race wager, offered for the bargain minimum of 50 cents, requires bettors to select the winner of four consecutive races.
Churchill Downs wishes to congratulate 2009 "American Idol" winner Kris Allen, who became the series' eighth winner on Wednesday after defeating Adam Lambert in the competition's final voting round. Allen, a 23-year-old from Conway, Ark., was one of thousands of "Idol" hopefuls who made his way through the auditions in Louisville, Ky.
Although there will be no live racing on Wednesday, May 20 at Churchill Downs, the historic track will offer wagering on tracks from around North America at its Trackside at Churchill simulcast center.. Admission gates open at 11:30 a.m. (all times EDT) and patrons will enjoy free admission throughout the day.
Due to a reduced number of entries and a decline in purse money earned from all wagering sources during its ongoing 2009 Spring Meet, Churchill Downs Racetrack (“Churchill”) will request permission from the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (“KHRC”) to eliminate seven race days from its 2009 Spring Meet, which had been scheduled for 52 racing days between Saturday, April 25, and Sunday, July 5.