[asset|]Patrick Henry Hughes, whose story touched hearts around the country when his family was featured on ABC’s “Extreme Makeover Home Edition” last February, will return to the winner circle – this time the Kentucky Derby Winner’s Circle – to join track bugler Steve Buttleman in playing the “Call to the Post” prior to the Grade I Woodford Reserve Turf Classic on Kentucky Derby Day, May 3.
Hughes, 19, who was born without eyes or the ability to fully straighten his arms and legs, has never allowed his disability to get in the way of his goals. Although wheelchair-bound, Hughes is an active student at the University of Louisville who with his father’s help performs with the U of L School of Music Marching and Pep Band. And both Patrick Henry and his father, Patrick John Hughes, will be in the Churchill Downs infield with the U of L band when it performs “My Old Kentucky Home,” during the Kentucky Derby post parade.
Patrick Henry Hughes first performed the “Call to the Post” with Buttleman on Nov. 24, 2007, in Churchill Downs’ trackside winner’s circle. His encore performance will take place in the Kentucky Derby Winner’s Circle, which is used only for the Kentucky Derby winner’s trophy presentation and post-race celebration.
The Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (Kentucky Derby Day, RACE 9) is the race scheduled just prior to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands. Approximate post time for the Woodford Reserve is 4:52 p.m. EDT.
NOTE: Media members wishing to cover Hughes’ performance up close should already have the appropriate accreditation to be in the Kentucky Derby Winner’s Circle. Media representatives without Kentucky Derby Winner’s Circle credentials can locate Hughes before or after his performance with members of the U of L Marching Band in the gated infield security compound located just behind the infield pagoda.
Churchill Downs, the world’s most legendary racetrack, has conducted Thoroughbred racing and presented America’s greatest race, the Kentucky Derby, continuously since 1875. Located in Louisville, the flagship racetrack of Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ Global Select Market: CHDN) also operates Trackside at Churchill Downs, which offers year-round simulcast wagering at the historic track. Churchill Downs will conduct the 134th running of the Kentucky Derby on May 3, 2008. The track’s 2008 Spring Meet runs from April 26 through July 6. Churchill Downs has hosted the Breeders’ Cup World Championships a record six times. Information about Churchill Downs can be found on the Internet at www.churchilldowns.com.