Fall will always mean football in Kentuckiana. This fall, Churchill joins the fray with its first all-September meet in more than 100 years.
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - With back to
school and all the activities surrounding it, this is a busy time of year for a
lot of families. Horse racing fans can
add one more event to the calendar.
Churchill Downs is a week and a half away from kicking off its first
all-September meet in more than a century.
Where will you be September 14? If you're among the lucky ticket holders,
you'll be in Commonwealth Stadium, watching the Governor's Cup -- UK versus
UofL -- in person.
Most of the rest of us will be watching on
television. Churchill Downs hopes you'll
be tailgating at the track.
"We'll have a giant
video board with the game, both video and audio," said Darren Rogers,
Senior Director of Communication at Churchill Downs. "There will be plenty of tailgating type
Fall will always mean football in
Kentuckiana. This fall, Churchill joins
the fray with its first all-September meet in more than 100 years.
"Cutting through the
clutter during football season is going to be a challenge for us," Rogers
admitted, "but if you can't beat them, join them."
So while you'll see horses racing
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in September, the rest of the track will often
play off the gridiron starting with the September meet's opening night. September
7 is college rivalry night.
"When you walk through
the attendance gates, you'll be asked a question -- which team do you support?'
said Rogers. "The school with the
most votes will be rewarded $5,000 in scholarship for their students.
If it seems like a stretch, Churchill
said it's a needed one. With the fading
of Turfway Park in Northern Kentucky, horsemen needed a reason to stay in the
Rogers said now they have one.
"It's Churchill in September,
Keeneland in October and back at Churchill Downs in the month of
November," he said.
He says there are lots of new faces in
the barns at the Churchill backside so among horsemen, the new meet is a
success. Whether September horse racing
picks up speed with the fans is something we'll find out starting next month.
Churchill Downs has worked hard to tie-in with its
neighbors down the street, UofL and Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. However, September 21 could be a test. The Cards play FIU at noon. Racing is supposed to start at 11:30 a.m. Rogers said they are still considering what to
do and moving the first post time back is a possibility.
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