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Churchill Downs Opens 2008 Spring Meet

Churchill Downs kicks off its 134th Spring Meet and the celebration of Kentucky Derby Week on Saturday, April 26, as the historic home of the “Run for the Roses” opens its 52-day spring session with an 11-race program headed by the 84th running of the $100,000-added Derby Trial.

Hospitality and Security Procedures for Kentucky Derby 134 and Kentucky Oaks 134 at Churchill Downs

Churchill Downs will again implement special hospitality and safety measures for the Kentucky Derby 134 and Kentucky Oaks 134. Patrons are advised to arrive early on both days to accommodate expanded search procedures at all entrance gates. All patrons are subject to being scanned by magnetic wands before entry to Churchill Downs.

Churchill Downs and Barbaro Owners Roy and Gretchen Jackson Introduce Artist Selected to Create Barbaro Memorial

Roy and Gretchen Jackson, the owners of 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro, will join Churchill Downs and Kentucky Derby Museum representatives for a news conference on Thursday, May 1, to introduce the artist that has been selected to create a permanent memorial honoring Barbaro.  The Kentucky Derby 132 winner died in January 2007

Applications Due Sunday for 'CPO' of Derby 134

Churchill Downs is still accepting applications for its “Chief Party Officer” (“CPO”) of the Kentucky Derby 134 infield, but time is growing short -- the deadline to apply is Sunday, April 13.

Louisville Premiere of Kentucky Derby Documentary The First Saturday in May Set for Sunday, April 13

Directors John and Brad Hennegan and other special guests will be in attendance at the Louisville premiere of the riveting Kentucky Derby documentary, The First Saturday in May, on Sunday, April 13.

International Brand Trucks Named Official Truck of Churchill Downs and Kentucky Derby

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (April 9, 2008) – International has been named the official truck of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby, officials announced Tuesday, April 8, at the historic Louisville, Ky. racetrack. Churchill Downs Incorporated and Navistar Inc. have agreed to a two-year deal.

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.

Kentucky Derby Trophies Arrive

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.

Churchill Downs Unveils Web Site

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.

Churchill Downs To Open at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 29 for Dubai World Cup Simulcast

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.