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Mike Battaglia Leaves Role as Simulcast Racing Analyst For Churchill Downs; Jill Byrne Assumes New Role as Simulcast Host
Churchill Downs Racetrack today announced that Mike Battaglia, who since 1997 has served as the host and racing analyst for the track’s televised simulcast signal, would be leaving that role prior to the start of Churchill Downs’ 134th Spring Meet.
The solid gold trophy that will be presented to the owner of the 3-year-old Thoroughbred that wins the $2 million-guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) at Churchill Downs on Saturday, May 3, arrived at the historic track on Thursday, March 27.
Racing resumes under the Twin Spires on Saturday, April 26, and Churchill Downs’ official Web site is keeping pace with a new look and expanded features for the 2008 season. The redesigned Web site is available at www.churchilldowns.com.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (March 26, 2008) – Trackside at Churchill Downs will open early at 9 a.m. (all times Eastern) on Saturday, March 29, to import the six lucrative stakes races that comprise the 13th annual Dubai World Cup program from Nad Al Sheba Race Course in the United Arab Emirates.
Due to preparations for the Spring Meet and for Kentucky Derby 134 on Saturday, May 3, Churchill Downs will move simulcasting operations to its Trackside Louisville facility at 4520 Poplar Level Road from Wednesday, April 2, through Friday, April 25. Simulcasting will also be available at Trackside Louisville on Kentucky Oaks Day, Friday, May 2; Kentucky Derby Day; and on Sunday, May 4.
Churchill Downs is open for simulcast wagering on Easter Sunday, March 23. Admission is free all day and and simulcasting includes Fair Grounds Race Course, Gulfstream Park and Santa Anita. Gates open at noon.
Churchill Downs Incorporated has partnered with Truly Indie and filmmakers John and Brad Hennegan to distribute their award-winning documentary The First Saturday in May to U.S. theatres for a week-long national run in 18 major markets starting Thursday, April 18. A special one-night Louisville, Ky., premiere is scheduled for Sunday, April 13, at The Louisville Palace Theatre.
Celebrity Chef Bobby Flay Helps Churchill Downs 'Bring the Derby Home' Through Official Kentucky Derby Party Program
Celebrity Chef Bobby Flay knows his recipes – and his horses. The host of the Food Network’s Emmy-awarding winning television show, “Boy Meets Grill,” is no stranger to the horse racing scene, having owned racehorses for a number of years after developing an affinity for the sport.
The Kentucky Derby “Road to the Roses” Fantasy Challenge, a free online contest that allows racing fans to manage a stable of Kentucky Derby contenders during the three-month buildup to the historic race, is now open for registration.
Churchill Downs Selected as Burial and Official Memorial Site for 2006 Kentucky Derby Winner Barbaro
Churchill Downs has been selected as the final resting place for 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro, who was euthanized one year ago after a lengthy battle with laminitis. The announcement was made Tuesday by Barbaro’s owners, Roy and Gretchen Jackson, at a Churchill Downs news conference.