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Country Star Martina McBride Will Sing National Anthem at Kentucky Derby 139

Award-winning country music star Martina McBride, a four-time the Country Music Association (“CMA”) “Female Vocalist of the Year” who has sold more than 18 million albums worldwide, will add a new experience to her career resume on Saturday, May 4 when she performs the National Anthem prior to the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum!

Churchill Downs to Kick Off Derby Week, Spring Meet in Style Under Lights with Saturday's 6 P.M. 'Opening Night' Premiere

Let the party begin! Churchill Downs will kick off Kentucky Derby Week and its 38-day Spring Meet in style Saturday night with a rousing prime-time 11-race program that begins at 6 p.m. EDT.

Derby / Oaks Update - Thursday, April 25, 2013

KENTUCKY DERBY UPDATE – THURSDAY, APRIL 25, 2013

Pletcher Duo of Capo Bastone and Forty Tales Top Field of Nine for Saturday Night's Derby Trial

The Todd Pletcher-trained duo of Eclipse Thoroughbred PartnersCapo Bastone and Perretti Racing Stable’s Forty Tales top a field of nine horses entered today for Saturday night’s 89th running of the $175,000-added Derby Trial (GIII).

Derby / Oaks Update - Wednesday, April 24, 2013

KENTUCKY DERBY UPDATE – WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24, 2013

BLACK ONYX – Sterling Racing’s Black Onyx (No. 12) beat the rain Wednesday morning, galloping 1 ½ miles under exercise rider Aurelio Gomez shortly after 6 o’clock.

Derby / Oaks Update - Tuesday, April 23, 2013

KENTUCKY DERBY UPDATE – TUESDAY, APRIL 23

Derby / Oaks Update - Monday, April 22, 2013

KENTUCKY DERBY UPDATE – MONDAY, APRIL 22, 2013

Derby / Oaks Update - Sunday, April 21, 2013

KENTUCKY DERBY UPDATE – SUNDAY, APRIL 21

Pletcher Works Quartet Toward Oaks, Rose to Gold Breezes and Black Onyx Has Strong Gallop

It was a busy Saturday morning at the Todd Pletcher barn at Churchill Downs as Dreaming of Julia (ranked No. 4 on the “Road to the Kentucky Oaks” Leaderboard), Unlimited Budget (No. 3), Silsita (No. 10) and Princess of Sylmar (No. 7) all worked for the two-time Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) winning trainer.

Churchill Downs Strengthens Security Policies, Expands Screenings for 2013 Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks

Churchill Downs Racetrack (“CDRT”) will strengthen security and hospitality policies and expand screenings for patrons, employees and vendors who will enter the track for the 139th runnings of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum!

Mylute Tunes Up for Derby With Six-Furlong Work; Arkansas Derby Winner Overanalyze Arrives at Churchill Downs

Mylute, runner-up to Revolutionary in the $1 million Louisiana Derby (Grade II), continued his preparations for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) with a six-furlong breeze in 1:12.20 on Sunday morning at Churchill Downs.

Spiral Winner Black Onyx Back to Work

Black Onyx, 1 ½-length winner of the Spiral (GIII), breezed five furlongs in 1:00.60 on the fast main track at Churchill Downs on Saturday morning in his first major training move since his victory at Turfway Park on March 23.

Safety Concerns Move Churchill Downs to Add Pop Up & Personal Tents to List of Banned Items for Derby, Oaks

Churchill Downs Racetrack has added pop up and other patron tents and metal poles and stakes to its list of items that cannot be carried by patrons into the track on Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks Days.

Kentucky Derby Championship Series Weekly Update

With the First Saturday in May just more than three weeks away, the “Road to the Kentucky Derby Presented by TwinSpires.com” is winding down and Saturday’s Toyota Blue Grass (Grade I) at Keeneland and Arkansas Derby (GI) at Oaklawn Park will conclude the Second Leg of the Championship Series.

Tickets on Sale for Dawn at the Downs

Dawn at the Downs,” the popular Louisville tradition that gives visitors an opportunity to enjoy breakfast in Millionaires Row while watching Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks contenders during morning workouts, returns to Churchill Downs on Tuesday, April 30 through Thursday, May 2.

Churchill Downs Announces Changes in Derby and Oaks Bus, Taxi Transportation

Churchill Downs Racetrack (“CDRT”), working with the Louisville Metro Police Department (“LMPD”) and other law enforcement and public safety partners, has developed a new plan for taxi cab and bus drop-off and pick-up of Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks Day patrons designed to create a more convenient and effic

Churchill Downs Honors U of L Final Four Basketball Teams With Red Twin Spires

Churchill Downs is in the spirit for this weekend’s Final Four appearances by the University of Louisville’s men’s and women’s basketball teams. The legendary racetrack’s iconic Twin Spires that sit atop the grandstand will be cast in a red glow throughout the remainder of the NCAA tournaments to honor its U of L neighbors.

Florida Derby, Louisiana Derby, UAE Derby Kick Off Second Leg of Championship Series

The First Leg of the Championship Series on the “Road to the Kentucky Derby Presented by TwinSpires.com” concluded last weekend and now it’s on to the Second Leg, which is composed of the seven most meaningful springboard events in advance of America’s greatest race, the Kentucky Derby.

Churchill Downs Simulcasting Shifts Back to Clubhouse on Wednesday, March 27

Simulcast wagering operations at Churchill Downs Racetrack (“CDRT”) will shift from their home in the track’s new “Parlay” venue back to their former location on the second floor of the track’s Clubhouse on Wednesday, March 27. Simulcast wagering will continue in that location through the conclusion of the April 27-June 30 Spring Meet.

Kentucky Derby 139 Trophy Arrives Safely at Churchill Downs

The priceless solid gold trophy that will be presented to the owner of the 3-year-old Thoroughbred that wins the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) has arrived safely at Churchill Downs exactly 40 days before the big race on the first Saturday in May.