Mike Hartnett

Mike Hartnett

Mike has been a weekend sports anchor for WAVE 3 News since 1996 and has been seen on Louisville television for 35 years.

He grew up in Louisville and is a graduate of Western Kentucky University.

Mike has played a vital role in WAVE News' award-winning coverage of thoroughbred racing including the station's Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby broadcasts. His expertise on this sport ranks second to none in our TV market. Over the years, he has also covered racing for ESPN  and the Breeders' Cup.

Mike has three daughters, a son and a grandson.


Recent Articles by Mike

Cards hang for a half, then Clemson pulls away

Wild one in Winston-Salem as Cards upset Wake Forest

Cards, Cats, and Hoosiers all gearing up for sixth game of the season

Third down woes, missed chances hurt Cats at Mississippi State

Dennis’ Moment wins Iroquois Stakes and becomes a 2-year-old to watch for Derby

Cards race to big lead and go on to top WKU 38-21

Hoosiers top Ball State 34-24 in season opener

Epic 3rd round by Justin Thomas at the BMW

Lou City battles to a gritty 1-nil victory at Charlotte

Maximum Security holds off Mucho Gusto in Haskell thriller

What a Finish in Sparta as Kurt Edges Brother Kyle

Cousins, Rondo both bound for the Lakers

Racing Roundup for Saturday: Plat, Holldendorfer and Churchill’s Closing Day

Hall of Fame trainer Hollendorfer banned from Santa Anita

A Season of Perfection: Male High Girls Win State Softball To Finish Undefeated

Racing Roundup: Maximum Security’s return, thoughts on Triple Crown, Foster Night at Churchill

Sir Winston captures Belmont Stakes

Belmont Stakes Preview: 2 stand out for the final Triple Crown jewel

Cards are NCAA regional champs

Illinois State upends U of L in NCAA baseball

Missing key Derby horses, Preakness show carries on

Lou City impressive in win at Birmingham

Lou City slips by Ottawa 1-0

Mike Hartnett’s Derby Fab Five ... Plus Five

Bellarmine tops USI to advance to GLVC title game

Bellarmine romps by McKendree for 20th victory

Bellarmine crushes Missouri S & T

Nwora’s sizzling start sparks Cards in romp over Tech

Tale of two halves at Rupp as Cats defeat Vandy

Mike Hartnett: Baffert’s barn brimming with 2019 Derby contenders