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September racing returns; brings college rivalry and love

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Churchill Downs hosted its inaugural September Meet "Downs After Dark" Saturday. Churchill Downs hosted its inaugural September Meet "Downs After Dark" Saturday.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Churchill Downs hosted its inaugural September Meet "Downs After Dark" Saturday.      
 
Churchill Downs officials said they are having their September Meet for the first time since the 1890s.  This is the first time in Churchill Downs history that they have had three race meetings in a calendar year.

Saturday nights theme was "College Rivalry Night."  Area college students and other racing fans were encouraged to express their school spirit and wear their collegiate gear.  Churchill Downs made a commitment to award $10,000 in scholarships based on the school with the most support.  Upon admission to Churchill Downs, each fan was be asked which college team they support.  
 
"At night's end, the school with the most votes will be awarded $5,000 in scholarships. Additionally, the runner-up will receive $3,000 in grants, while the third-place finisher will get $2,000," said the Churchill Downs website.  

The return of Kentucky horse racing comes with live entertainment, mint juleps, and love. Couple Paige Malone and Britton McPherson got engaged. "We met here about two years ago," said McPherson, "so it seemed like the perfect place at the perfect time and the perfect girl."
 
Malone said, "I'm in a dream.  I'm very happy though, very happy."  The couple's relatives came from all over the country to attend.

Fan Pam Osborne also celebrated a special occasion.  She hoped her special day would be her good luck charm for betting.
 
"The number I picked was the date of my birthday which was yesterday, so I picked number six," she said. 

Fans seem to enjoy and embrace the September change.

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