LouisvilleKY’s Churchill Downs to share Preakness excitement Thursday, May 19 2016 

Photo and story from www.churchilldowns.com.

Louisville, Ky., – The quest by Reddam Racing LLC’s unbeaten Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands(Grade I) winner Nyquist to continue on the path to a Triple Crown continues Saturday, May 21 in the 141st running of the Preakness Stakes (GI) at Baltimore’s Pimlico Race Course, but fans at Churchill Downs Racetrack will share in the excitement as they view the classic race on the world’s largest 4K video board and take home a commemorative poster of the unbeaten champion’s triumph in the May 7 “Run for the Roses.”

Churchill Downs will distribute 5,000 18” x 24”commemorative posters at its admission gates on Preakness Day that feature a head-on image by Coady Photography of Nyquist’s run to Kentucky Derby glory on the first Saturday in May. Simulcast wagering on the Preakness will be available on Saturday, with post time for the second jewel of the Triple Crown set for 6:45 p.m. (all times EDT).

Kentucky Derby Poster 2016

On-track fans at Churchill Downs also will have an opportunity to enjoy a taste of the Preakness with the The Black-Eyed Susan, the event’s official drink that will be available at locations throughout the track.

Saturday’s live racing at Churchill Downs includes 11 exciting events topped by the 79thrunning of the $100,000 Louisville Handicap (GIII) for 3-year-olds and up at 1 ½ miles on the Matt Winn Turf Course and the 11th running of the $65,000-added Opening Verse Overnight Stakes, a one-mile race for older horses on the grass. The Louisville Handicap will be run as the sixth race at 3:16 p.m., while the Opening Verse will go as the last of the day’s 11 live races at 5:52 p.m.

Admission gates open at 11:30 a.m. and post time for Saturday’s first race is 12:45 p.m.

Distribution of the Nyquist Kentucky Derby commemorative posters begins with the opening of admission gates at locations just inside of gates 1, 10 and 17. The posters will be available while supplies last.

General admission to Churchill Downs on Preakness Day is $5 and box seats start at $10. Reserved seating and dining reservations are available online atwww.churchilldowns/tickets or by calling (502) 636-4450.

Preakness Week at Churchill Downs kicks-off with the Spring Meet’s second Twilight Thursday celebration on Thursday, May 19. Twilight Thursday offers live music, $1 beers and many of Louisville’s finest food trucks on The Plaza near Gate 1.

The Plaza Stage will feature the music of 800 lb. Gorilla and Thursday’s roster of popular food trucks on the Plaza includes ¡Holy Molé!, Longshot Lobsta, Mark’s Feed Store, Red Top Gourmet Hot Dogs and Zoom Zoom Yum. Live music on Twilight Thursday will begin with the 4 p.m. opening of the Churchill Downs admission gates.

Thursday’s racing program is highlighted by the fifth-day of a carryover in Churchill Downs’s 20-cent minimum Single 6 Jackpot. There was no individual winner of the Single 6 on Sunday, May 15 so a four-day pool of $379,810 has carried over to Thursday’s wager, which begins in the third race at 6:11 p.m. on an eight-race Twilight Thursday racing card.

General admission to Twilight Thursday’s and most Churchill Downs Spring Meet racing programs is $3, with reserved seats starting at $10.

The Churchill Downs racing program on Sunday, May 22 includes the return of the Who’s the Champ? Handicapping Contest in the track’s ITW on the Clubhouse second floor at the top of the Gate 17 escalators. Registration is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and the contest based on mythical $2 wagers will focus on Races 3-8. The first-place prize in the Who’s the Champ? Contest is a $1,000 cash voucher, with a $500 voucher going to the runner-up and $200 to the contest’s third-place finisher.

The entry fee for the Who’s the Champ? Contest is $35 or just $30 for TSC Elite members.

After this week’s opener, the Who’s the Champ? Handicapping Contest will be conducted every Sunday through the remainder of the Spring Meet.

After Twilight Thursday’s 5 p.m. post time, this week’s Friday and Sunday racing programs, like Saturday’s Preakness Day schedule, will have a first race post time of 12:45 p.m. with admission gates set to open at 11:30 am.


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LouisvilleKy Men’s basketball successful on an off court Tuesday, May 17 2016 

University of Louisville Men’s Basketball Team Achieves Academic and On-Court Success

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The University of Louisville men’s basketball team has continued to produce successful results in their academic pursuits while also achieving on the court.

The Cardinals collectively attained a 3.38 grade-point average for the 2016 spring semester, with 14 of 15 student-athletes earning a 3.0 or better GPA. Ten men’s basketball players achieved a 3.4 or higher GPA during the most recent semester. The men’s basketball team has been around an aggregate 3.0 GPA for 16 consecutive semesters and had attained a 3.36 GPA during the 2015 fall semester.

Louisville placed a league-high seven individuals on the 26-member 2016 ACC All-Academic Team, including Deng Adel, Trey Lewis, Mangok Mathiang, Donovan Mitchell, Chinanu Onuaku, Quentin Snider and Raymond Spalding. Onuaku was also named to the 2016 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District 2 Men’s Basketball first team, which recognizes the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom.

The Cardinals posted a 23-8 record during the 2015-16 season, finished fourth in the ACC and beat two Final Four participants in North Carolina and Syracuse. It was the 14th consecutive season UofL has won 20 or more games and the Cardinals were ranked 16th in the Final Associated Press national rankings.

The academic success continues a recent trend for the UofL men’s basketball team. For the 2014-15 school year, the team produced a collective 3.26 grade point average, just below its record 3.40 GPA from the previous season.

Louisville has received NCAA Public Recognition Awards each of the last four years for ranking among the top 10 percent nationally in men’s basketball in the Academic Progress Rate, which measures academic eligibility, retention and graduation for student-athletes. Over the four-year period of the most recent multiyear APR report from 2011-15, Louisville’s academic success and perfect 1000 APR score has come while the men’s basketball team won a combined 123 games, the second-most in the nation over that period behind. The Cardinals won the 2013 NCAA Championship, reached the 2012 Final Four, the NCAA Sweet 16 all four years, three Elite Eights, won three conference tournament championships and claimed two league regular season titles during that stretch with a perfect APR.

Prior to entering the ACC, UofL’s men’s basketball team earned four straight league Team Academic Excellence Awards, recognizing the highest collective grade-point averages in each of the conference sports (2014 American Athletic Conf., 2011-13 Big East).

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Bats return to LouisvilleKY for a seven game homestand Monday, May 16 2016 


LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Louisville Bats return home from their season-long 11-game, 10-day road trip through the division for a seven-game homestand. The homestand opens on Monday, May 16 with Scranton Wilkes-Barre making their lone trip to Louisville Slugger Field for four games.
Thursday, May 19, is the third $1 Budweiser Happy Hour of the season from 5:30-7 p.m. with live music featuring “Soul Circus” on the Overlook Deck from 5:30-6:25 p.m.
Friday, Columbus enters town and Colts in Motion will be at the stadium as gates will open at 5:45 p.m. with first pitch at 7:05 p.m. Two Colts players, kicker Adam Vinatieri and running back Robert Turbin will be available for autographs from 5:45-6:45 p.m. on the main concourse inside the stadium during the caravan stop. Five Colts Cheerleaders are also scheduled to appear, along with Colts mascot Blue, and will be available for autographs.
Photo by Eric Bentley

Photo by Eric Bentley

Saturday, the Bats host their third annual STAR WARS Night with approximately 16 characters in attendance and available for meet and greets and photos. The first 1,000 children 12-and-under receive Lighted Space Swords.  Bats players will wear special editionStar Wars jerseys modeled after R2D2, which will be auctioned online at bats.milbauctions.com.  The auctions will begin on Tuesday, May 23 at 10 a.m. and end at 10 p.m. on Tuesday, May 31 with all proceeds benefitting Kosair Children’s Hospital.
The Bats enter the final three games of the road trip at division-leading Columbus Friday, in second place in the International League West, 2.0 games back of the Clippers. The Bats are 7-5 in May and 19-14 overall, the second-best record in the International League. Infielder Jermaine Curtis is seventh in the league with a .310 batting average and left-handed pitcher Cody Reed is ninth in the circuit with a 1.88 ERA.  
The Bats have averaged 8,827 fans per game at Louisville Slugger Field since its opening in 2000 and have totaled over 10 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.

Homestand Highlights May 16-May 22


Monday, May 16 – Louisville Bats vs. Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders – 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.

·         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, May 17 – Louisville Bats vs. Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders – 7:05 p.m.

·         $1 Hot Dogs and Pepsi Products, presented by Pepsi, Meijer and 100.5 MYfm

·         Baseball Bingo: Winner receives a $50 Meijer gift card.


Wednesday, May 18 – Louisville Bats vs. Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders – 7:05 p.m.
·         Republic Bank Customer Discount Wednesday: Fans can buy a half price Field Reserved Ticket discount (up to four (4) people) when presenting their Republic Bank “banking card” or by using the promo code REPUBLIC.
Thursday, May 19 – Louisville Bats vs. Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders – 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 “Soul Circus” from 5:30-6:25 p.m.
·         Barefoot Wine Tasting Night 1
Friday, May 20 – Louisville Bats vs. Columbus Clippers – 7:05 p.m.
·         Indianapolis Colts Caravan: Fans can enjoy the Colts Mobile Tour, a traveling museum on Witherspoon Spoon plaza with the “Play 60” zone.
·         Player Autographs: Colts players, Adam Vinatieri and Robert Turbin will be signing autographs from 5:45-6:45 p.m. on the main concourse. Colts Cheerleaders will perform on the field in the second inning and signing autographs beginning in the third inning.
·         Boy Scout Night: Parade beginning at 6:30 p.m., sponsored by White Castle
·         Jake the Diamond Dog, courtesy of PNC Bank
·         Barefoot Wine Tasting Night 2


Saturday, May 21 – Louisville Bats vs. Columbus Clippers – 6:05 p.m.

·         STAR WARS Night

·         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.

·         Barefoot Wine Tasting Night 3.

Sunday, May 22  – Louisville Bats vs. Columbus Clippers – 2:05 p.m.
·         Bats Bucket Hat: First 2,000 fans receive a Bats Bucket Hat presented by Mt. Dew.
·         Barefoot Wine Tasting Night 4.

·         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

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LouisvilleKy’s Run for the Roses draws millions of viewers Tuesday, May 10 2016 


STAMFORD, Conn. – May 10, 2016 NBC Sports’ coverage of Nyquist’s victory in Saturday’s 142nd Kentucky Derby averaged 15.5 million viewers – marking the fourth consecutive year the “Run for the Roses” has topped 15 million viewers on NBC, according to final data provided by The Nielsen Company.

Viewership peaked with 17.9 million viewers from 6:45-7:00 p.m. ET when Nyquist crossed the finish line, which matched the peak from last year’s Kentucky Derby victory by Triple Crown champion American Pharoah. Nyquist’s time of 2:01.31 over the mile-and-a-quarter race topped Pharoah’s winning time by nearly two seconds (2:03.02).

Photo by Paula Presley

Photo by Paula Presley

For the first time ever, NBC aired a Stanley Cup Playoff game in primetime after the Kentucky Derby. With Saturday’s puck drop shortly after Nyquist’s victory, Game 5 of the Penguins-Capitals second-round series averaged 4.164 million viewers – ranking as the second-most watched non-Stanley Cup Final game in 23 years (additional details below).

  • Saturday’s Kentucky Derby is the most-watched weekend sporting event since Super Bowl 50.
  • The Kentucky Derby (6:21-7:08 p.m. ET) posted a 9.0/21 national rating.
  • This is the fourth consecutive year and sixth time in eight years (2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016) that NBC’s Kentucky Derby coverage averaged more than 15 million viewers. From 1991-2008, Kentucky Derby average viewership did not reach 15 million.
  • Saturday’s pre-race coverage, which included the 6 p.m. ET show open narrated by Kentucky’s own Ashley Judd (click here to watch), averaged 9.3 million viewers – second-best ever for a pre-race show (since 1992).
  • NBC Sports Live Extra’s presentation of the Kentucky Derby ranks as the most streamed Kentucky Derby ever, delivering 7 million minutes, up 75% from last year (3 million minutes). The stream also delivered a record 225,000 unique users. Coverage included a mosaic of four different camera angles for the first time ever, including the NBC broadcast, a grandstand camera, an overhead camera, and an infield camera. During the race, the infield camera was replaced by “Collmus Cam” – Larry Collmus’ Kentucky Derby race call as streamed by a camera in his booth at Churchill Downs. Click here to watch the mosaic replay.
  • Johnny Weir’s tweet-powered brooch galloped and lit up more than 6 million times.
  • On Derby Day, NBC Sports’ Facebook delivered 10 million impressions (up 372% compared to the 2015 Kentucky Derby) and the @NBCSN Twitter handle delivered 1.5 million impressions (up 123%), with 1.1 million video views on Derby Day across Facebook and Twitter. A replay of the race, sponsored by Longines, racked up 1 million views on Facebook, and was shared more than 6,000 times. In addition, nearly 35,000 fans tuned in to NBC Sports Group’s Facebook Live content on Derby Day.
  • Louisville, the home of the Kentucky Derby, topped the metered markets with a 33.7 rating/62 share (top 20 markets listed below).


2016 15.5 million NBC Nyquist
2015 16.0 million NBC American Pharoah
2014 15.3 million NBC California Chrome
2013 16.2 million NBC Orb
2012 14.8 million NBC I’ll Have Another
2011 14.5 million NBC Animal Kingom
2010 16.5 million NBC Super Saver
2009 16.1 million NBC Mine That Bird
2008 14.2 million NBC Big Brown
2007 13.7 million NBC Street Sense
2006 12.9 million NBC Barbaro
2005 13.6 million NBC Giacomo
2004 14.6 million NBC Smarty Jones
2003 11.8 million NBC Funny Cide
2002 12.8 million NBC War Emblem
2001 13.5 million NBC Monarchos
2000 9.1 million ABC Fusaichi Pegasus
1999 9.9 million ABC Charismatic
1998 9.5 million ABC Real Quiet
1997 11.3 million ABC Silver Charm
1996 11.0 million ABC Grindestone
1995  9.3 million ABC Thunder Gulch
1994 12.2 million ABC Go For Gin
1993 11.5 million ABC Sea Hero
1992 13.7 million ABC Lil E Tee
1991 13.4 million ABC Strike The Gold
1990 15.6 million ABC Unbridled
1989 18.5 million ABC Sunday Silence


1. Louisville 33.7/62
2. Cincinnati 16.6/33
3. Ft. Myers 16.5/30
4. West Palm Beach 14.6/27
5. Tampa-St. Pete 14.2/29
6. Buffalo 13.6/25
7. Richmond 13.3/26
8. Pittsburgh 13.1/28
9. Hartford 12.5/24
T10. Denver 12.2/28
T10. Orlando 12.2/24
T10. Jacksonville 12.2/22
13. New Orleans 12.1/23
14. Indianapolis 12.0/26
15. Knoxville 11.9/23
16. Philadelphia 11.3/24
17. Detroit 11.2/24
18. Tulsa 10.5/20
19. Nashville 10.4/21
T20. Columbus 10.3/22
T20. Greensboro 10.3/20

141st PREAKNESS STAKES ON NBC SPORTS, MAY 21: In two weeks, Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist will take the next step in his quest to succeed American Pharoah as a Triple Crown champion. NBC Sports Group’s coverage of The 141st Preakness Stakes from Pimlico Racecourse in Baltimore, Md., begins Friday, May 20 at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN.  NBC presents The Preakness Stakes on Saturday, May 21 at 5:00 p.m. ET, with coverage beginning at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.


Date Time Event Network
Fri., May 20 3 p.m. Black Eyed Susan NBCSN
Sat., May 21 2:30 p.m. Preakness Saturday NBCSN
Sat., May 21 5:00 p.m. Preakness Stakes NBC


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DERBY: A Winner in LouisvilleKY, by the Numbers, Betting and a Complaint Monday, May 9 2016 

So you had Nyquist and Exaggerator in the exacta, did you? Sorry, but you don’t get the same kind of amazed reactions from us, even if you bet on the horse only because you’re a Detroit Red Wings hockey fan. We know you bet the favorite in the Derby and it paid off to the tune of $6.60.  So don’t over-celebrate — it’s not like you picked Mine That Bird in 2009.

2spiresChalk was the big winner on the big race — I had my money on horses that finished 2nd, 4th and 5th. In all I spent $98.40 on bets Derby Week, using the Twin Spires app. About that — it was almost flawless, but even with all their preparations, the app couldn’t handle the traffic that came right after the race, and once on Friday I couldn’t get it to come up.

Traditionalists – like Paula – prefer the thrill of cashing a ticket at a teller window. I’m all for technology that eliminates waiting in line, even a short one. So it’s nice that we have both choices.

Speaking of preparations, how could a concession stand run out of hot dogs an hour before the Derby?

girlattrackOtherwise, high grades on our city’s performance — I talked with people from Montana, California, Florida, Texas, South Carolina and Michigan — many on bucket-list trips to Louisville. Even those who lost money on the race, and got rained on, and paid too much for a hotel room, were jubilant.

In losing my $98.40, I cashed just one ticket, out of more than a dozen. Paula’s method seems as good as any — she bets the three longest shots across the board — and is about a hundred bucks ahead of the track. However, in the Derby, she had two of the last three finishers.

Which brings me to one complaint — hotel prices. In the minds of many, Louisville’s reputation for price-gouging exceeds other memories of the city. While the Metro Council takes up the issue of  making it tougher for residents to rent their houses, why does it look the other way as hotels charge five times a normal rate — just because they can.

Here’s some official numbers from Churchill Downs:

Second-Highest Attendance in Track History as 167,227 Fans Watch Undefeated Nyquist Win the 142nd Kentucky Derby

Derby Week Breaks All-Sources Wagering and Attendance Records

Nyquist added the 142nd Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands to his already impressive and perfect resume. Attendance of 167,227 was the second largest crowd in Derby history, just under the record of 170,513 in 2015.

Wagering from all-sources on the Kentucky Derby Day program was the second highest in history, totaling $192.6 million and only 1% off the record set in 2015. Wagering from all-sources on the Kentucky Derby race was $124.7 million, down 10% from 2015’s record, impacted by 2-1 prohibitive favorite, Nyquist.

On-track wagering on the Kentucky Derby Day program was up 2% to $23.5 million, just shy of the record $23.7 million in 2012.  On-track wagering on the Kentucky Derby race totaled $11.3 million, a decrease of 6% from 2015.

Churchill Downs returned $151.8 million to bettors on the Kentucky Derby Day program.  Additionally, purses earned from the Kentucky Derby Day program approximated $10.7 million that will be paid out to horsemen during the remainder of the 2016 race meets.


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Louisville Ky’s “Thurby” kicks off Derby Weekend tomorrow Wednesday, May 4 2016 



Features New ‘Thurby’ Logo and 2016 Oaks and Derby Box Giveaway


LOUISVILLE, KY (Wednesday, May 4, 2016) – The third annual Thurby, presented by TwinSpires.com, marks the official start of Kentucky Derby weekend on Thursday, May 5 at Churchill Downs Racetrack. This year’s Thurby will continue its tradition of celebrating the best of Kentucky and the local community and launch the new Thurby logo, which will be available on an assortment of merchandise on site at the event. Gates open at 11 a.m. with the first post at 12:45 p.m. ET. Tickets start at $20 and are available at www.kentuckyderbyweek.com. Thurby also will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network from 4-6 p.m.


To showcase all the things that make Kentucky great, Thurby will feature live bourbon demonstrations by Old Forester Master Bourbon Specialist Jackie Zykan and local bartenders and performances by local bands Dean Heckel and Thirty Spokes on the Plaza stage. Kentuckian Marlena Van Hoose will perform the national anthem.


In addition to watching 11 races and celebrating Kentucky, Thurby attendees can text-to-enter the third annual Thurby Classic Sweepstakes for a chance to win a six-person box to each the 2016 Longines Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands.


The Thurby Classic Sweepstakes will take place as part of Race 10 – the $100,000 Kentucky Juvenile, a six-furlong sprint for 2-year-old Thoroughbreds. Onsite guests will be invited to enter the contest via text until race nine. Prior to Race 10, as many names as there are horses running in Race 10 will be randomly drawn from the pool of entrants. Each name drawn will be paired with a single horse running in the race. The person who is paired with Race 10’s winning horse will receive a free six-person box to this year’s Oaks and Derby.


Thurby’s new logo is inspired by the elements that make Louisville and Churchill Downs special places in American culture. The new design features an authentic, handcrafted look to embody Kentucky’s bourbon industry and a retro-future feel to honor the deep traditions of horse racing and Thurby’s newfound status as the official start of Derby Weekend. The logo was designed by SME, a New York-based marketing agency that has developed the official Derby and Oaks marks since 2007.


Recommended attire for non-dining areas is whatever reflects your Kentucky spirit – from casual jeans to Derby-inspired.


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 141st running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands on May 2, 2015. The track’s 2015 Spring Meet is scheduled for April 25-June 27. The track has hosted the Breeders’ Cup World Championships eight times. www.ChurchillDowns.com.


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Louisville Ky infielder named Player of the Month Monday, May 2 2016 

Story and photo from www.batsbaseball.com.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The International League announced today (Sunday) that Louisville infielder Jermaine Curtis has been named the International League Player of the Month for April. He becomes the first Bat to be named as IL Player of the Month since pitcher Homer Bailey received the award in June of 2009.

Curtis led the International League for the first month of the 2016 season with a .385 batting average, 18 RBI, and a .515 on-base percentage, with six hit by pitches. “I am happy [to hear the news],” exclaimed Curtis. “I have put a lot of work in and to start off good means I could have a great year. I can use this accolade to propel me forward [mentally] the rest of the season.”


Curtis has led the Bats to a 12-9 start, driving in at least one run in ten of the sixteen games he has played in. He has cleared the bases with a double twice this season, first on April 20 against the Clippers and six days later versus Norfolk. He hit .464 with runners on-base in April, and an even better .526 (10-for19) with runners in scoring position.

Jermaine Curtis

“The main thing that comes to mind about Curtis is his consistency,” stated Bats’ manager Delino DeShields. “He works hard and is one of the players guys can look up to in the clubhouse.”

The Bats continue their five-game homestand with the final game of the Durham series today at 2:05 p.m. They finish the homestand with three games versus the Norfolk Tides; highlights of the three games include Dog Night on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. and Education Day on Wednesday at 11:05 a.m.


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LouisvilleKY’s THE WEEK: Statue’s Limitations, Suddenbreakingnews, Jokes and Parties Friday, Apr 29 2016 

As John Asher might tell you, it’s just eight days until the 142nd Run for the Roses, and we’ve already begun to celebrate. Here’s what’s worth paying attention to.

AsherRRKentucky Name Drops: Exaggerator. Suddenbreakingnews. Nyquist. Creator. Mohaymen. To have some proper Derby conversations, learn that these are names of horses who will likely be in the Derby. 20 will start. Nyquist is the undefeated favorite. Buy a Racing form, or ask anyone for their opinion, if you want to know more. And listen to my interview with John Asher on the Rusty Satellite Show.

No Joke – the Mark and Bob Show: On the above-mentioned podcast, you’ll hear some jokes from Mark Klein and Bob Batch, playing all weekend at the Laughing Derby at the Comedy Caravan.  Stumble in from Bardstown Road for a show that’s hilarious, clean and stars long-time locals.

Art of the Squeals: I’ll see you at Churchill Downs Saturday, where the evening will celebrate and raise money for Louisville’s arts community as part of Churchill Downs’ partnership with Fund for the Arts. That means that musicians, artists and the like will be performing all around the Spires.

If you were writing about our city’s charms. . . what would you feature? NY Times writer Elaine Glusac had 36 hours, and visited Old Louisville, Copper & Kings, Butchertown Grocery, the Big Four Bridge, Blue Dog Bakery, the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience, Royals Hot Chicken, Scout, Revelry, Gifthorse and Bermuda Highway. Plus the Speed, Proof on Main, Milkwood and Actors. Read it here.

James Ramsey announces that the statue behind him will be moved. Photo by John Gilderbloom

James Ramsey announces that the statue behind him will be moved. Photo by John Gilderbloom

A Statue’s Limitations: Mayor Fischer and U of L President James Ramsey announced today that the Confederate Statue on campus is coming down, thanks in part to a great column written in the C-J by Ricky Jones, and pressure from people like U of L professor John Gilderbloom. The 3rd Street icon has long been a source of controversy as it is a reminder of past racism.

As the announcement, Ramsey said, ““We are not here to erase history, but we are here to announce that this statue should be situated somewhere more appropriate than a modern campus that celebrates its diversity.”

Big Topic, No Solution: No one in town can decide a fair method for regulating home sharing sites like Airbnb, a big topic during Derby Week.  District 8 Metro Council candidates seem to be all falling in with the idea that “somebody’s making money and they’re not getting taxed enough.” At least Stephen Reily said the key is insure accountability without mentioning excessive regulation. The site has been working just fine for hundreds of homeowners and guests for years, thank you very much, without any regulations. If you want to stay at my place, here’s the listing.

KYderbyBookYour Guests’ Book: Since you’re making so much money renting out your home to guests, ante up $50 splurge for a coffee table book — “The Kentucky Derby.”

Chilled on Grocers Ice: An example how government is not run like a business. This one rivals the idiotic decision to spend a fortune to build a tunnel in the East End for the Bridge. In 2010, Kentucky’s Transportation Department decided it needed the Grocers Ice building on Main, and paid $3.6 million for it. Now it doesn’t need it, and can’t sell it. Bidders now must offer at least $1.2 million.

A Derby Party That Won’t Cost You $500 to Attend: Did you know that some of the big Derby parties cost more than $500 per tickets. You can have a better time at The Oaks Eve Bash at Woodhaven and get in for $50, with proceeds going to Kosair.  Hear about it on the Jtown Chamber Podcast.

Now, a Few Complaints. . .

Not Winning with Knight: No, I wasn’t surprised that Bobby Knight thinks Donald Trump is a great choice for president and campaigned for him in Indiana. Talk about a couple of dudes with mean streaks.

Dear Courier-Journal: You are losing customers daily with those silly questions you require answers for before anyone can read your stories online. I just want to see your coverage.

And Finally — there’s plenty to do and places to go during the best time of year around here. If you need a ride, download Lyft and use my PROMO CODE: RUSTYSATELLITE

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


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.
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 


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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