Kate Upton and Jordan Smith to visit Louisville for Kentucky Oaks honors Thursday, Apr 28 2016 

KATE UPTON AND JORDAN SMITH TO HEADLINE KENTUCKY OAKS EVENTS

 
Supermodel to Serve as Oaks First Lady, “The Voice” Winner to Perform National Anthem
 
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, April 28, 2016– Churchill Downs Racetrack today announced that Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover Model and Actress Kate Upton will serve as the First Lady of the Longines Kentucky Oaks and the season nine winner of NBC’s “The Voice” and Republic Recording artist Jordan Smith will perform the national anthem at the Longines Kentucky Oaks on Friday, May 6, the day before the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands. The Longines Kentucky Oaks is America’s premier and most lucrative race for 3-year old fillies.
As the First Lady of the Oaks and supporter of Churchill Downs’ charitable partner, Bright Pink®, a national organization dedicated to the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer, Kate Upton will participate in the eighth annual Survivors Parade presented by Kroger. The goals of the First Lady of the Oaks and the Survivors Parade are to help raise national awareness of breast and ovarian health and honor the survivors of breast and ovarian cancer. This year, 142 survivors of breast and ovarian cancer will participate in the Survivors Parade. Upton is also a guest of the exclusive Barnstable Brown Derby Eve Gala.
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The Oaks national anthem performance by Kentuckian, winner of “The Voice” and Republic Recording artist Jordan Smith will take place live before approximately 120,000 attendees and be broadcast on NBCSN. Smith recently showed the world his musical gift in 2015 when he became the “Best-selling artist in the history of The Voice,” and recently released his full-length debut album, Something Beautiful.
 
“Churchill Downs is thrilled to welcome these two superstars to the 142nd Longines Kentucky Oaks,” said Kevin Flanery, President of Churchill Downs Racetrack. “Kate and Jordan will help us honor the 142 participants in this year’s Survivors Parade and continue to drive awareness and make an impact in the fight against breast and ovarian cancer.”
KATE UPTON in The Edit Magazine, March 2015 Issue

KATE UPTON in The Edit Magazine, March 2015 Issue

“At Bright Pink, we teach young women to take action and be proactive with their breast and ovarian health,” said Lindsay Avner, Founder and CEO of Bright Pink. “We are so excited that Kate Upton will be joining us for this year’s Kentucky Oaks and know that her participation will inspire women around the country to take positive, life-changing action.”
The Survivors Parade will take place on the historic racetrack following Smith’s national anthem performance. The Parade is part of Churchill Downs’ Longines Kentucky Oaks Pink Out, during which the track conducts fundraising, provides outreach and drives national breast and ovarian health awareness. Over the past seven years, Churchill Downs has donated more than $740,000 to breast cancer organizations through the Pink Out celebration.
Parade participants were selected through an online process in which the public nominated and selected the individuals to champion breast and ovarian cancer awareness in this year’s Survivors Parade. More than 500 survivors were nominated from across the U.S. and Canada. The 142 survivors selected are from cities as wide ranging as Fort Worth, Texas; New Orleans, Louisiana; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Greenville, Rhode Island; Lincoln Park, Michigan; Estes Park, Colorado; Palm City, Florida; Scottsdale, Arizona; Dorchester, Massachusetts; Shallow Lake, Ontario; and Louisville, Kentucky.
The public may read the survivors’ stories and make donations to Bright Pink through May 8, 2016 at www.kentuckyderby.com/survivors. More than $25,000 has been raised so far this year online, which is a 50 percent increase from 2015.
About Churchill Downs Racetrack
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: CHDN) offers year-round simulcast wagering. Churchill Downs will conduct the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands on May 7, 2016.  www.ChurchillDowns.com.
About Bright Pink
Bright Pink is a national non-profit focused on the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women. The organization’s mission is to save women’s lives from breast and ovarian cancer by empowering them to live proactively at a young age. Bright Pink’s innovative programs educate and equip young women to assess their risk of breast and ovarian cancer, reduce their risk, and detect these diseases at early, non life-threatening stages. Founded in 2007, Bright Pink strives to reach the 52 million women in the US between the ages of 18-45 with this life-saving education. Put Awareness In Action™ at BrightPink.org.

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Major League Baseball takes another swing at breast cancer this Mother’s Day Thursday, Apr 28 2016 

11 SEASONS OF CUSTOM HOT-PINK LOUISVILLE SLUGGER® WOOD BATS

Louisville, Ky., – Hundreds of Major League Baseball players are grabbing hot-pink Louisville Slugger bats this Mother’s day to continue their support in the fight against breast cancer.

Louisville Slugger and MLB joined forces in 2006 to create the “Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer” initiative, and they’ve been swinging pink bats ever since. More than 3,000 custom hot-pink bats valued at about $300,000 have been donated to the program.

 

Louisville slugger pink bat

Like years past, the bats will be collected after the games and auctioned on mlb.com  with the net proceeds going to MLB Charities in support of the fight against breast cancer. Funds from the public sales of the bats at sluggercustombats.com are also donated to the charity organization.  Fans can add a name or special message to create a personalized, one-of-a-kind bat.  Each custom hot-pink bat will feature the MLB breast-cancer-ribbon logo. These bats sell for $59.95 with $10 of each sale allocated for the charity.

louisville slugger pink bat

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2016 Kentucky Derby Mint Julep Cup unveiled Tuesday, Apr 26 2016 

Woodford Reserve® Unites with Fashion & Mixology’s Top Talent to Create 2016 Kentucky Derby® $1,000 Mint Julep Cup

A trifecta of handcrafted artistry benefits the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund

LOUISVILLE, Ky., April 26, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Woodford Reserve today unveils its $1,000 Mint Julep Cup available at the Kentucky Derby® and benefiting the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. Now in its 11th year, the 2016 iteration offers an elevated Derby experience curated by Master Distiller Chris Morris, in partnership with acclaimed menswear designer Hamilton Shirts and New York mixologist Julie Renee Williams.

This year’s special Mint Julep recipe pays tribute to the traditional southern dessert of pecan pie, featuring a trifecta of fresh, original ingredients and garnishes.

Woodford Reserve® 2016 Kentucky Derby® Mint Julep 

  • 2oz Woodford Reserve Distiller’s Select
  • .75oz Toasted Pecan Orgeat Syrup
  • Fresh Mint
  • Caramelized pecan crumbles for garnish
  • Edible copper flakesRub fresh mint around julep cup. Combine ingredients with crushed ice and swizzle in glass. Add more crushed ice, garnish with mint bunch, caramelized pecan crumbles and edible copper flakes.

    To make toasted pecan orgeat, toast pecans, mix or muddle into small pieces and simmer on low heat to create a nut milk. Fine strain or use a nut milk bag to remove nut pieces, and add equal parts sugar to liquid.

Mint julep cup

“Woodford Reserve prides itself on producing bourbon with a flavor that blends our historic past with our current innovative style, and this year’s special Mint Julep recipe does just that,” says Woodford Reserve Master Distiller Chris Morris.

The signature $1,000 Mint Julep Cups were designed by Houston-based men’s shirt designer Hamilton Shirts and handcrafted at Louisville-based jeweler From the Vault.

“The $1,000 Mint Julep Cup is representative of our approach to design, with an engraved classic plaid graphic and stitch beading,” said David Hamilton, a fourth-generation co-owner of Hamilton Shirts. “As a family-owned company rooted in heritage and tradition, we’re honored to be a part of an event as iconic as the Kentucky Derby, and thrilled to work alongside Woodford Reserve.”

In addition to the cups themselves, Hamilton also developed an exclusive, limited edition fabric that will accompany each cup in its box’s lining.

“Partnering with two talented artists represents our commitment to create an unparalleled experience for Kentucky Derby fans,” said Morris. “Woodford Reserve has donated more than $425,000 to equine and humanitarian-related causes through this program, and we are proud to continue to positively impact these communities through this year’s $1,000 Mint Julep Cup.”

Each year, Woodford Reserve selects a charitable organization to receive the net proceeds from the$1,000 Mint Julep Cup sales. This year’s receiving charity is the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund, which works to provide financial assistance to former jockeys who have suffered catastrophic on-track injuries.

“The Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund greatly appreciates being chosen once again by Woodford Reserve to receive the funds raised by their $1,000 Mint Julep Cup program,” said Nancy LaSala, the organization’s president. “We are grateful for their contribution and help in continuing to aid injured jockeys.”

How to Purchase a Cup
Beginning April 26, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. E.T., consumers ages 21 years and older can log on towww.woodfordreservemintjulep.com to purchase one of the Crafter’s Cups or Master’s Cups. Each cup is presented in an oak box designed by Nashville woodworker Christian Fecht, and lined with a custom silk fabric designed by the Houston-based menswear brand Hamilton Shirts®. Online sale closes on May 6, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. E.T.

Any unsold cups will be available for purchase at Churchill Downs® on Kentucky Derby Day.  Purchase of cup does not include admission to Churchill Downs. Purchased cups must be claimed by buyer or his or her proxy at Churchill Downs on Derby Day.  For complete terms and conditions, please visitwww.woodfordreservemintjulep.com.

Crafter’s Cups
90 Crafter’s Cups are available for purchase online for $1,000 on a first come, first buy basis from April 26-May 6. These individually numbered cups feature Hamilton’s classic plaid pattern, along with the 2016 Kentucky Derby date and Woodford Reserve logo, and is accompanied by a gold-plated sipping straw.

Master’s Cups
In addition to the 90 $1,000 Crafter’s Cups, there are 15 gold-plated Master’s Cups available for purchase online for $2,500 on a first come, first buy basis. These individually numbered cups feature Hamilton’s classic plaid pattern accented with diamonds, along with the 2016 Kentucky Derby date and Woodford Reserve logo and is accompanied by a silver sipping straw.

About Woodford Reserve
Woodford Reserve, the “Official Bourbon of the Kentucky Derby,” is crafted at the historic Woodford Reserve Distillery, tucked in the heart of thoroughbred country in Versailles, Kentucky. A National Historic Landmark, the Woodford Reserve Distillery represents craftsmanship with a balance of historic heritage and modern practices. Woodford Reserve is a product of the Brown-Forman Corporation, a premier producer and marketer of fine quality beverage alcohol brands including Jack Daniel’s, Finlandia, Korbel,Tequila Herradura, Old Forester, Sonoma-Cutrer and Chambord. Please enjoy your bourbon responsibly. To learn more about Woodford Reserve, visit us http://www.woodfordreserve.com/ or check us out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/woodfordreserve.

Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, 45.2% Alc. by Vol., produced and bottled by the Woodford Reserve Distillery, Versailles, KY ©2016

About Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund
The PDJF is an independent 501(c)(3) public charity that provides financial assistance to former jockeys who have suffered catastrophic on-track injuries. Created in 2006 by leaders in the horse racing industry, PDJF has disbursed over $7 million and currently supports 60 permanently disabled jockeys, most of whom have paralysis or traumatic brain injuries. The Fund is grateful for the support of our many industry partners who are committed to the welfare of these men and women. For more information, please visit http://www.pdjf.org.

About Churchill Downs Racetrack:
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: CHDN) offers year-round simulcast wagering at the historic track. Churchill Downs will conduct the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby onMay 7, 2016. The track’s 2016 Spring Meet is scheduled for April 30-July 2. The track has hosted the Breeders’ Cup World Championships eight times. For more information visit www.ChurchillDowns.com

About Hamilton®
As an American institution worn by statesmen, entertainers, and captains of industry, Hamilton Shirts isn’t just a brand—it’s a legacy. For more than a century, the Hamilton family has worked one-on-one with our clients to customize shirts unique to their size, style, and sensibility. Today, Hamilton continues to marry stylish design and informed craftsmanship with the best possible fit to provide customers with their ideal shirts. For more information, please visit https://hamiltonshirts.com.

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Breeders’ Cup returns to Louisville KY Monday, Apr 25 2016 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 25, 2016) – The Breeders’ Cup, one of Thoroughbred horseracing’s most prestigious international events, has today announced that it will return to Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky in 2018.  As part of the company’s ongoing strategy to maintain a three-year out host site plan, Breeders’ Cup will work closely with Churchill Downs and the local Louisville community to drive excitement and anticipation for the event over the next few years.

 

One of the world’s most iconic and recognized tracks, Churchill Downs last hosted the Breeders’ Cup World Championships in 2011. The return to Louisville reflects the Breeders’ Cup commitment to bring the event to the country’s best racetracks and to combine the sport’s best racing with best-in-class dining, hospitality and entertainment.

 

“We are thrilled to announce our return to Louisville,” said Breeders’ Cup President and CEO, Craig Fravel. “Churchill Downs’ ongoing, significant investment in their facility to enhance the experience for participants and fans aligns perfectly with our desire to conduct one of the best racing events in the world, and we’re looking forward to another landmark event in 2018.”

Breeders cup logo

The 35th Breeders’ Cup World Championships will be held on Friday, November 2 and Saturday, November 3, 2018 and televised live by NBC Sports Group.

 

Since 2011, Churchill Downs has invested more than $67 million in the facility to further elevate the experience for all fans and participants, while also introducing new, in-demand luxury seating and entertainment options.  The improvements include Clubhouse enhancements, Winner’s Circle Suites, Grandstand Terrace & Rooftop Garden, The Mansion and the installation of the world’s largest 4,000 Ultra High Definition Big Board.

 

“We are excited that the Breeders’ Cup World Championships will be returning in 2018 to Churchill Downs Racetrack, the city of Louisville and Kentucky,” said Bill Carstanjen, Chief Executive Officer, Churchill Downs Incorporated. “Fan support for the Breeders’ Cup at Churchill Downs has been spectacular in the eight previous visits and our track has been the scene of many of the most important performances in the event’s history. I’m confident the return of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships to Churchill Downs will be an unforgettable event.”

 

The 2018 Breeders’ Cup World Championships will be the ninth time that the event will be hosted at Churchill Downs which, at that time, will be tied with Santa Anita Park in California for the most ever held at one venue.  In years past, largely in part to the incredible support of the Louisville community and Kentucky residents, Churchill Downs has hosted the largest Breeders’ Cup’s crowds, including a record-breaking two-day attendance figure of 114,353 in 2010, which also set a two-day on-track handle record of $22,515,318 and a total two-day handle record of $173,857,697. In 2018 these numbers have the potential to reach all-time highs as interest in the Breeders’ Cup continues to grow.

 

About Breeders’ Cup

The Breeders’ Cup administers the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Thoroughbred racing’s year-end Championships. The Breeders’ Cup also administers the Breeders’ Cup Challenge qualifying series, which provides automatic starting positions into the Championships races. The 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, consisting of 13 (grade I) races and purses totalling $26 million, will be held Nov. 4-5 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., and will be televised live by the NBC Sports Group. Breeders’ Cup press releases appear on the Breeders’ Cup Web site, www.breederscup.com. You can also follow the Breeders’ Cup on social media platforms Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

 

About Churchill Downs Racetrack

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: CHDN) offers year-round simulcast wagering at the historic track. Churchill Downs will conduct the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands on May 7, 2016. The track’s 2016 Spring Meet is scheduled for April 30-July 2. The track has hosted the Breeders’ Cup World Championships eight times. For more information visit www.ChurchillDowns.com

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Bats to bring in 10 millionth fan to their Louisville Ky stadium tonight Friday, Apr 22 2016 

 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – As Thunder Over Louisville approaches, the Louisville Bats are approaching their 10 millionth fan at Louisville Slugger Field since the stadium first opened its gates on April 12, 2000. Since 2000, the Bats have drawn 9,998,623, making the 1,377th fan through the gatestonight, the 10 millionth fan. The Bats have surpassed 500,000 fans in each season since 2000, including a franchise record 685,863 the year the ballpark opened, the 20th-best season attendance in Minor League baseball history at the time.

 

In the 11 seasons since 2005, the Bats have been in the top five in International League attendance nine times, and in the top three in the league six times. The Bats led the IL in attendance in both 2007 and 2008 surpassing 630,000 fans in each of those seasons.

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“It’s been proven over time that Louisville has some of the most passionate fans in all of Minor League Baseball.  With the surpassing of the 10 million mark in attendance since this beautiful ballpark opened back in 2000, it just proves that again”, stated Bats Senior Vice President Greg Galiette. “We as an organization are very fortunate to have a great relationship not only with our fans, but also with the Cincinnati Reds. We look forward to many more successful years here on the waterfront of Downtown Louisville.”

 

Louisville Slugger Field’s unique design with fixed seats, a lawn area and patio’s give fans plenty of options to view the game. The stadium includes 32 luxury suites, and 850 club level seats for fans to sit above the field and look out over downtown Louisville and the Ohio River. When entering the stadium fans are standing in a restored train shed building that was part of the Brinly-Hardy Company which began selling cast-iron plows in the 1800’s.

Photo by Eric Bentley

Photo by Eric Bentley

 

To keep up with the demand for seating throughout Louisville Slugger Field the stadium has undergone significant seating additions for fans to choose from. Most recently, the right field patio deck has been covered from weather, a picnic area has been added on the right field side of the stadium and there has been added seating on the Overlook Deck for fans to enjoy the game from the outfield in the open space.

 

Prior to this season, the Club Level seats were redone, now with added padding on both the chair-back and bottom of the seat. Giving fans another addition that sit in the Club Level, single-game ticket holders now have $5 of loaded value added to their ticket that can be used at concession stands or team store.

 

The Bats continue their season-opening 10-game homestand with games two and three against the Indianapolis Indians on Friday at 7:05 p.m. The homestand will end with the Thunder Over Louisville Game at 2:05 on Saturday, gates opening at 12:00 p.m.

 

The Bats have averaged 8,827 fans per game at Louisville Slugger Field since its opening in 2000 and have totaled over 9.9 million fans through 16 seasons. Tickets for all regular season games are available. The entire 2016 Bats schedule, including updated promotions and special events, can be found at batsbaseball.com. Single-game tickets may be purchased online, by calling 1-855-228-8497 or by visiting the Louisville Slugger Field box office. Full and partial season tickets, along with group outings and suite rentals are available by calling the Bats front office at 502-212-2287.

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Louisville Ky baseball fun at Slugger Field Tuesday, Apr 19 2016 

Louisville, Ky., – First off, your welcome, Louisville Bats. Just by the Bentley Crew showing up, you were able to break a four game losing streak … at least that’s what we’re telling ourselves.

But, in all honestly, and at the risk of journalistic integrity, we had a great time at Sunday’s face off with the Toldeo Mud Hens — even up to the bitter end at the bottom of the 11th inning.

The Bats celebrating the resulting win from that last play

The Bats celebrating a win. 

The weather was nice, the game was exciting and my kids were in good moods. What more could you ask for?

“They have a mac and cheese bar,” said Teenage SON #1 after he and his sister, Pre-teen Daughter #3 took a walk around Louisville Slugger Field.

“Wait, they have a mac and cheese bar!?” said Teenage Who-Shall-Remain-Constantly-Hungry-Boy #2.

“Yes, yes they do,” said Pre-Teen Daughter #3.

“LET’S GO!”

It was a moment of sibling solidarity brought on by the great family atmosphere at the ball game. It was a great start to a baseball season, we hope, to enjoy more as the season continues.

Photo by Eric Bentley

Photo by Eric Bentley

Bats spokesman Ryan Ritchey hopes more and more families choose a Bats game for their family bonding time.

“It’s pretty much of what we want to do—give them a family atmosphere at the ballpark of things that they can do both away from the game, and also watch the baseball game,” Ritchey said.

In addition to all Sundays having an Inflatable FunZone, Run the Bases and Kids Eat Free promotions, there’s also fireworks, Baseball Bingo, Superhero Night, Star Wars night and tons of other promotions during different games geared towards kids and their families.

As for the grown-ups, there’s Wine Tasting Nights, Margarita Monday, live music, and bobblehead giveaways to name a few.

A wider variety of food choices awaits Bats fans at Slugger Field including the Mac and cheese Bar, pretzel bites and garlic fries. (Photo by Eric Bentley)

A wider variety of food choices awaits Bats fans at Slugger Field including the Mac and cheese Bar, pretzel bites and garlic fries.
(Photo by Eric Bentley)

All Bats promotions and schedules can be found at www.batsbaseball.com.

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Petrino to stay in Louisville Ky longer Friday, Apr 15 2016 

From www.gocards.com

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville has agreed to a new seven-year contract for football head coach Bobby Petrino that furthers his association with the Cardinals through the 2023 season, Vice-President/Director of Athletics Tom Jurich announced on Thursday.

Petrino, who boasts the top winning percentage in school history, conducted one of the best coaching jobs of his career last season. He guided the Cardinals to eight wins over their final 10 games, including a 27-21 victory over Texas A&M in the Music City Bowl. Led by true freshman quarterback Lamar Jackson, who set a bowl record with 226 yards rushing and two touchdowns, the Cardinals totaled 534 yards of total offense, including 307 on the ground.
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Petrino transitioned the program into the ACC in 2014, guiding the Cardinals to a 9-4 record that included a win over Miami in the school’s first ACC contest and a three-game winning streak to close the regular season. Louisville also earned a win at Notre Dame and a come-from-behind victory over in-state rival Kentucky.

“I’m thrilled with the job that Bobby has done here, and it’s been great to have his wife Becky, their children and three grandchildren back in the city of Louisville,” Jurich said. “Their commitment to the community through the Petrino Family Foundation has been extremely successful in raising charitable funds and assisting our community. Bobby has done an excellent job reinforcing our commitment to academics and career development. He has exceeded my expectations on the field, especially closing last year with a win in the Music City Bowl over a talented Texas A&M team. I think the future of this program is extremely bright, and I’m excited that with this extension, Bobby has reinforced his commitment to the University of Louisville.”

Funding for Petrino’s contract will come from revenues generated by the athletic department.

The only head coach to serve two stints with the Cardinals (2003-06, 2014-present), Petrino owns a 58-18 record for a 76.3 winning percentage, the best in school history. He has the second-most victories in the school’s record books.

He also is the only coach in UofL history to lead the program to a pair of top-10 finishes in the final Associated Press Polls, guiding the Cards to No. 7 rankings in both 2004 and 2006.

Entering his seventh season at Louisville, Petrino has directed the Cardinals to bowl games in all six seasons and has led the school to a pair of conference championships, winning the Conference USA title in 2004, and the BIG EAST championship in 2006 with a school-best 12-1 record. That season was capped with the school’s first BCS appearance, defeating 12th-ranked Wake Forest 24-13 in the 2007 FedEx Orange Bowl.

Hired at Louisville in 2003, Petrino guided the Cardinals to a 9-4 record and became the first coach in school history to reach nine wins in their first season. Louisville set six Conference USA records during that campaign, including the mark for total yards after the Cardinals racked up 779 yards, 445 of which came on the ground, in a 66-45 win over Houston.
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The 2004 campaign was one of the best in school history, with Petrino leading the Cardinals to an 11-1 record that culminated in a Conference USA title and a 44-40 Liberty Bowl over 10th-ranked Boise State. The Cardinals led the nation in total offense (539.0) and scoring offense (49.8), scored 50 or more points seven times and set an NCAA record by scoring 55 or more points in five-straight games.

In 11 seasons as a collegiate head coach at three different schools, Petrino has compiled a 100-39 record, a .719 winning percentage that ranks him 11th among active coaches. He is one of 18 active coaches with 100 or more career wins.

During his illustrious career, Petrino’s teams have won 10 or more games four times and has led his teams to bowl games on nine different occasions, including a pair of BCS bowl appearances.

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The Bats are Back — It’s Opening Night in LouisvilleKY Thursday, Apr 14 2016 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Louisville Bats will return home from their season opening seven-game road trip, to begin the 17th home season of Bats’ baseball at Louisville Slugger Field on Thursday, April 14 at 7:05 p.m. Louisville will face the Toledo Mud Hens, the Triple-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers.

Fans can enjoy $1 Bud and Bud Light drafts at the $1 Budweiser Beer Happy Hour on the Overlook Deck from 5:30-7:00 p.m. along with live music by the J.D. Shelburne Band. The first 1,000 fans 16-and-older will be given a Koozie presented by Etscorn Auto Collision. Also, Bats magnetic schedule will be given out at the gates.

BatsThursday is also the first of five “Friends and Family Nights” presented by Raising Cane’s. A family of four (4) gets 4 Field Reserved Tickets, 4 Hats and 4 Raising Cane’s Meal Vouchers for $39.

Again on Sundays the Bats will have Kids Eat Free with paid admission. Kids 12-and-under may receive a voucher (one voucher per child) behind section 115 to get a free hot dog, junior nacho, and small Pepsi.Once again, the Inflatable KidsZone will be in the Hall of Fame Pavilion and Kids Run the Bases after the game.

Fans can end the homestand by once again enjoying Thunder Over Louisville from Louisville Slugger Field on Saturday, April 23 at 2:05. Gates will open at noon for the contest against Indianapolis and field access passes can be purchased for $5 (initial ticket cost not included). The Personnel, a 90’s hits cover band, will perform in the outfield after the game and the stadium, including restrooms and concessions will remain open through the conclusion of the fireworks show.

Louisville manager Delino DeShields returns for his second season with the Bats and seventh in the Reds organization as a manager, after leading the Bats to a 64-80 record in 2015. The skipper played 13 seasons in the Majors with the Expos, Dodgers, Cardinals, Orioles and Cubs. His 463 career stolen bases rank him in MLB’s top 50 all-time.

The Bats opened the season with a four-game series in Toledo, three of which were postponed due to snow, the Mud Hens taking the opener, 10-2. The club is currently in Columbus, Ohio against the Clippers before returning home on Thursday. Reds prospect Jesse Winker is 2-for-4 at the plate in the single game played for Louisville. Glendale, Ky. native Steve Delabar has pitched one inning and struck out two on the young season.

The Bats have averaged 8,827 fans per game at Louisville Slugger Field since its opening in 2000 and have totaled over 9.9 million fans through 16 seasons. Tickets for all regular season games are available. The entire 2016 Bats schedule, including updated promotions and special events, can be found atbatsbaseball.com. Single-game tickets may be purchased online, by calling 1-855-228-8497 or by visiting the Louisville Slugger Field box office. Full and partial season tickets, along with group outings and suite rentals are available by calling the Bats front office at 502-212-2287.

Homestand Highlights April 14-23

 Thursday, April 14 – Louisville Bats vs. Toledo Mud Hens, 7:05 p.m.

  • Budweiser Game Time Happy Hour: $1 Bud & Bud Light from 5:30-7:00 p.m. on the Overlook Deck plus live music from the “J.D. Shelburne Band” from 5:30-6:25 p.m.
  • Friends & Family Night: Family of four (4) for $39 gets four Field Reserved tickets, four hats and four Raising Cane’s meal vouchers to be redeemed at the information booth on the third base side of the ballpark.
  • Etscorn Auto Collision “Koozie” giveaway: To the first 1,000 adult fans 16 and older.

Friday, April 15 – Louisville Bats vs. Toledo Mud Hens, 7:05 p.m.

  • Buddy Bat Poster giveaway: To the first 2,000 fans presented by Daunhauer Plumbing.
  • Friday Fireworks, presented by Kindred Healthcare

Saturday, April 16 – Louisville Bats vs. Toledo Mud Hens, 6:05 p.m.

  • Halloween Night: Any adult or child dressed in a Halloween costume gets $3 off of a Field Reserved ticket. Children 12-and-under can Trick-or-Treat along the main concourse from 5:00-7:30 p.m.
  • Back Yard Bash: Cornhole on the Overlook until 7:30; $3 14 oz. Goose Island IPA, AmberBock and Shock Top at the Overlook Grill until the end of the 7thinning; adult fans may register to win two (2) 2016 World Series tickets, presented by Budweiser.

Sunday, April 17 – Louisville Bats vs. Toledo Mud Hens, 2:05 p.m.

  • Team Autograph Day: Gates open at 12:30 p.m. and fans can head down on the field for players and coaches to sign autographs.
  • Kids Eat Free: Once again in 2016 at every Sunday home game, all kids 12-and-uner with paid admission receive a free hot dog, junior nacho and small Pepsi. One meal per child.
  • Inflatable KidsZone: Inflated from 1-4 p.m. in the West Hall of Fame pavilion, presented by Mortenson Family Dental, BracesBracesBraces and Kids Dentistree.
  • Postgame Kids Run the Bases, presented by Meijer and the YMCA

Monday, April 18 – Louisville Bats vs. Columbus Clippers, 7:05 p.m.

  • Margarita Monday: 12 oz. margaritas available for $3 behind Section 122 on the third-base side.
  • Meijer Monday: Fans receive $3 off per field reserved seat when presenting any Meijer receipt to the box office window, presented by El Jimador Tequila
  • White Castle Guarantee Win Monday: If the Bats win, fans can take their ticket stub to White Castle for a FREE classic slider (good either Monday night or all day Tuesday at area White Castles).

 Tuesday, April 19 – Louisville Bats vs. Columbus Clippers, 7:05 p.m.

  • $1 Hot Dogs and Pepsi Products, presented by Pepsi and Meijer
  • Baseball Bingo: Winner receives a $50 Meijer gift card.

 Wednesday, April 20 – Louisville Bats vs. Columbus Clippers, 11:05 a.m.

  • Education Day

 Thursday, April 21 – Louisville Bats vs. Indianapolis Indians, 7:05 p.m.

  • Budweiser Game Time Happy Hour: $1 Bud & Bud Light from 5:30-7:00 p.m. on the Overlook Deck plus live music from “D.J. K-Dog” from 5:30-6:25 p.m.
  • College Night

 Friday, April 22 – Louisville Bats vs. Indianapolis Indians, 7:05 p.m.

 Saturday, April 23 – Louisville Bats vs. Indianapolis Indians, 2:05 p.m.

  • Thunder Over Louisville Game, presented by the Shane Company.
  • Postgame concert by The Personnel

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It’s time for some baseball in Louisville Ky! Bats open season Thursday Tuesday, Apr 12 2016 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Louisville Bats will return home from their season opening seven-game road trip, to begin the 17th home season of Bats’ baseball at Louisville Slugger Field on Thursday, April 14 at 7:05 p.m. Louisville will face the Toledo Mud Hens, the Triple-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers.

 

Fans can enjoy $1 Bud and Bud Light drafts at the $1 Budweiser Beer Happy Hour on the Overlook Deck from 5:30-7:00 p.m. along with live music by the J.D. Shelburne Band. The first 1,000 fans 16-and-older will be given a Koozie presented by Etscorn Auto Collision. Also, Bats magnetic schedule will be given out at the gates.

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Thursday is also the first of five “Friends and Family Nights” presented by Raising Cane’s. A family of four (4) gets 4 Field Reserved Tickets, 4 Hats and 4 Raising Cane’s Meal Vouchers for $39.

 

Again on Sundays the Bats will have Kids Eat Free with paid admission. Kids 12-and-under may receive a voucher (one voucher per child) behind section 115 to get a free hot dog, junior nacho, and small Pepsi. Once again, the Inflatable KidsZone will be in the Hall of Fame Pavilion and Kids Run the Bases after the game.

 

Fans can end the homestand by once again enjoying Thunder Over Louisville from Louisville Slugger Field on Saturday, April 23 at 2:05. Gates will open at noon for the contest against Indianapolis and field access passes can be purchased for $5 (initial ticket cost not included). The Personnel, a 90’s hits cover band, will perform in the outfield after the game and the stadium, including restrooms and concessions will remain open through the conclusion of the fireworks show.

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Louisville manager Delino DeShields returns for his second season with the Bats and seventh in the Reds organization as a manager, after leading the Bats to a 64-80 record in 2015. The skipper played 13 seasons in the Majors with the Expos, Dodgers, Cardinals, Orioles and Cubs. His 463 career stolen bases rank him in MLB’s top 50 all-time.

 

The Bats opened the season with a four-game series in Toledo, three of which were postponed due to snow, the Mud Hens taking the opener, 10-2. The club is currently in Columbus, Ohio against the Clippers before returning home on Thursday. Reds prospect Jesse Winker is 2-for-4 at the plate in the single game played for Louisville. Glendale, Ky. native Steve Delabar has pitched one inning and struck out two on the young season.

 

The Bats have averaged 8,827 fans per game at Louisville Slugger Field since its opening in 2000 and have totaled over 9.9 million fans through 16 seasons. Tickets for all regular season games are available. The entire 2016 Bats schedule, including updated promotions and special events, can be found at batsbaseball.com. Single-game tickets may be purchased online, by calling 1-855-228-8497 or by visiting the Louisville Slugger Field box office. Full and partial season tickets, along with group outings and suite rentals are available by calling the Bats front office at 502-212-2287.

 

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Homestand Highlights April 14-23

 

Thursday, April 14 – Louisville Bats vs. Toledo Mud Hens, 7:05 p.m.

  • Budweiser Game Time Happy Hour: $1 Bud & Bud Light from 5:30-7:00 p.m. on the Overlook Deck plus live music from the “J.D. Shelburne Band” from 5:30-6:25 p.m.
  • Friends & Family Night: Family of four (4) for $39 gets four Field Reserved tickets, four hats and four Raising Cane’s meal vouchers to be redeemed at the information booth on the third base side of the ballpark.
  • Etscorn Auto Collision “Koozie” giveaway: To the first 1,000 adult fans 16 and older.

Friday, April 15 – Louisville Bats vs. Toledo Mud Hens, 7:05 p.m.

  • Buddy Bat Poster giveaway: To the first 2,000 fans presented by Daunhauer Plumbing.
  • Friday Fireworks, presented by Kindred Healthcare

Saturday, April 16 – Louisville Bats vs. Toledo Mud Hens, 6:05 p.m.

  • Halloween Night: Any adult or child dressed in a Halloween costume gets $3 off of a Field Reserved ticket. Children 12-and-under can Trick-or-Treat along the main concourse from 5:00-7:30 p.m.
  • Back Yard Bash: Cornhole on the Overlook until 7:30; $3 14 oz. Goose Island IPA, AmberBock and Shock Top at the Overlook Grill until the end of the 7th inning; adult fans may register to win two (2) 2016 World Series tickets, presented by Budweiser.

 

Sunday, April 17 – Louisville Bats vs. Toledo Mud Hens, 2:05 p.m.

  • Team Autograph Day: Gates open at 12:30 p.m. and fans can head down on the field for players and coaches to sign autographs.
  • Kids Eat Free: Once again in 2016 at every Sunday home game, all kids 12-and-uner with paid admission receive a free hot dog, junior nacho and small Pepsi. One meal per child.
  • Inflatable KidsZone: Inflated from 1-4 p.m. in the West Hall of Fame pavilion, presented by Mortenson Family Dental, BracesBracesBraces and Kids Dentistree.
  • Postgame Kids Run the Bases, presented by Meijer and the YMCA

 

Monday, April 18 – Louisville Bats vs. Columbus Clippers, 7:05 p.m.

  • Margarita Monday: 12 oz. margaritas available for $3 behind Section 122 on the third-base side.
  • Meijer Monday: Fans receive $3 off per field reserved seat when presenting any Meijer receipt to the box office window,presented by El Jimador Tequila
  • White Castle Guarantee Win Monday: If the Bats win, fans can take their ticket stub to White Castle for a FREE classic slider (good either Monday night or all day Tuesday at area White Castles).

 

Tuesday, April 19 – Louisville Bats vs. Columbus Clippers, 7:05 p.m.

  • $1 Hot Dogs and Pepsi Products, presented by Pepsi and Meijer
  • Baseball Bingo: Winner receives a $50 Meijer gift card.

 

Wednesday, April 20 – Louisville Bats vs. Columbus Clippers, 11:05 a.m.

  • Education Day

 

Thursday, April 21 – Louisville Bats vs. Indianapolis Indians, 7:05 p.m.

  • Budweiser Game Time Happy Hour: $1 Bud & Bud Light from 5:30-7:00 p.m. on the Overlook Deck plus live music from “D.J. K-Dog” from 5:30-6:25 p.m.
  • College Night

 

Friday, April 22 – Louisville Bats vs. Indianapolis Indians, 7:05 p.m.

 

Saturday, April 23 – Louisville Bats vs. Indianapolis Indians, 2:05 p.m.

  • Thunder Over Louisville Game, presented by the Shane Company.
  • Postgame concert by The Personnel

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Louisville Ky’s Kentucky Derby Museum offers ‘superfecta of tours’ Monday, Apr 11 2016 

 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (April 11, 2016) – Kentucky Derby Museum is now offering the Around the Track Golf Cart tour, the superfecta of tours! Hop aboard the Museum’s deluxe golf cart and experience a whole new way to see Churchill Downs Racetrack. The tour is limited to just six guests, making it feel like your own personal tour of the track.

 

Led by a knowledgeable Kentucky Derby Museum guide, the tour departs from the outside grounds, travels through the Paddock, and then heads rail side to take in the horses’ morning workout on the track. Next, guests will ride through the famous infield tunnels to get up close and personal with the bustling life on the backside of the track and view the barns that were once the temporary home to Thoroughbred legends like Secretariat, Barbaro and American Pharoah. The tour wraps up with lunch in the Post Time Kitchen, with an unparalleled view of the track and famed Twin Spires. Following lunch, guests will return to the Museum to take in two floors of interactive exhibits and the 360° immersive media experience, The Greatest Race.

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“Taking in the beautiful and historic grounds of Churchill Downs Racetrack on a golf cart is a one-of-kind way to experience all that the track has to offer, with access to areas many visitors never get to see. We are excited to offer this exclusive way to enjoy the Home of the Kentucky Derby in a whole new light,” Kentucky Derby Museum President Patrick Armstrong said.

 

The half-day tour, including lunch, runs from 8 a.m. – noon. The Around the Track Golf Cart Tour is available MondaySaturday, fromApril 11- May 2 and May 9-14. The cost of the tour is $225 per person during Derby Season. From May 16- November 30 the cost of the tour is $99 per person. The Around the Track Golf Cart Tour is limited to six guests each day. Everyone participating in this tour must be at least 10 years old.

 

Tickets are available online now at DerbyMuseum.org

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About Kentucky Derby Museum (DerbyMuseum.org)

Kentucky Derby Museum, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in Louisville, Kentucky has a commitment to ENGAGE, EDUCATE and EXCITE everyone about the extraordinary experience that is the KENTUCKY DERBY.

 

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