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.
The Louisville premiere of the critically-acclaimed film will take place at The Palace Theatre starting at 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 13. General admission tickets are on sale at the theatre and www.ticketmaster.com for $10. A limited VIP package with premium seating and a post-screening reception is also available for $40.
The Hennegan brothers and select stars of the documentary, including trainers Dale Romans and Kiaran McLaughlin, will take part in a special question and answer session after the film with host John Asher, Churchill Downs’ vice president of racing communications.
The First Saturday in May chronicles the journey of a diverse cast of six hard-working trainers as they jockey for position along the 2006 Kentucky Derby trail. In addition to providing and inside look at the amazing people who dedicate their lives to the sport of horse racing, the 97-minute film also features never-before-seen footage of a young Barbaro – the horse who captured the fascination of the world, first as he made history on the racetrack with his 6 ½-length Kentucky Derby triumph, and then as he bravely battled complications from a catastrophic leg injury and laminitis.
Over a 16-month period, the Hennegan brothers, who also co-wrote and produced the film, shot more than 500 hours of footage and traveled more than 150,000 miles from Hot Springs, Ark., to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates to document every major horse race on the road to Kentucky Derby 132.
Following the Louisville premiere, The First Saturday in May will be released nationwide in major markets including New York and Los Angeles on April 18, with expansion on April 25. Distribution was made possible through a partnership between Churchill Downs Incorporated and Truly Indie. A trailer of the movie can be viewed and downloaded from the movie’s website, www.thefirstsaturdayinmay.com.
Churchill Downs Incorporated (“Churchill Downs”), headquartered in Louisville, Ky., owns and operates world-renowned horse racing venues throughout the United States. Churchill Downs’ four racetracks in Florida, Illinois, Kentucky and Louisiana host many of North America’s most prestigious races, including the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks, Arlington Million, Princess Rooney Handicap and Louisiana Derby. Churchill Downs racetracks have hosted seven Breeders’ Cup World Championships. Churchill Downs also owns off-track betting facilities and has interests in various advance-deposit wagering, television production, telecommunications and racing services companies, including a 50-percent interest in the national cable and satellite network HorseRacing TV™, that support the Company’s network of simulcasting and racing operations. Churchill Downs trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol CHDN and can be found on the Internet at www.churchilldownsincorporated.com.
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