Derby

Post positions set for Preakness Stakes 146

Post position draw for the 146th running of the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore, Maryland took place Tuesday afternoon.

  Medina Spirit scandal will not impact Derby race payouts

  How did officials find an illegal substance in Medina Spirit’s blood?

  Churchill Downs suspends Baffert following Medina Spirit’s positive test for banned drug

  Baffert faced previous scandals prior to Medina Spirit’s positive test

  Kentucky Derby 147 brings millions of tourism dollars to Louisville

  Good Samaritan on way to Kentucky Derby uses EMT training to help crash victims

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  Derby guests, including Louisville mayor, ditch required masks at track

  Fern Creek athletes score selfie with football legends at the Kentucky Derby

  Following Derby, work begins to clean up Churchill Downs

  Medina Spirit trainer Bob Baffert breaks record for Kentucky Derby wins

Medina Spirit wins Kentucky Derby 147

D. Wayne Lukas performs Rider’s Up at Kentucky Derby

  Remembering the last Black jockey to win the Kentucky Derby

Success in the saddle can come at an early age for some jockeys. In the case of one well known Kentucky Derby winning rider, amazing seeds of greatness were planted during life’s formative years.

  How COVID, smaller Derby celebrations are impacting Louisville’s economy

Magnetic events and magical moments connected to the Kentucky Derby Festival showcase our city’s character. However, in 2021, so many activities we regard as familiar now look different.

PHOTOS: Derby Week at Churchill Downs

It’s Derby season in Louisville, and that means we’ve got a bunch of photos to share.

Churchill Downs valets not to strike on Derby day following contract dispute, lawsuit

It was in the eleventh hour when valets announced they would work Derby Saturday despite ongoing contract disputes with Churchill Downs.

  Malathaat races to victory in Kentucky Oaks 147

King Fury scratched from Derby 147

‘All eyes on Derby’: Louisville organizers plan protests for Kentucky Derby weekend

  Neighborhoods near Churchill Downs ready to cash in on Derby Week

  Churchill Downs nurse looking forward to 56th Kentucky Derby

  KHRC rejects complaint against wealthy Sheikh and his horse, Derby favorite Essential Quality

Filly named Breonna victorious at Churchill Downs on Thurby

Fourteen months after the death of Breonna Taylor in Louisville, a filly bearing the 26-year-old’s name raced her way to a victory at Churchill Downs two days before the Kentucky Derby.

TV Schedule: How to watch Oaks, Derby on WAVE, NBC

WAVE 3 News will be partnering with NBC and NBC Sports to bring you live coverage of every race at historic Churchill Downs, including Friday’s Kentucky Oaks and Saturday’s Kentucky Derby.

LMPD releases street closures, no parking areas leading up to Kentucky Derby

Several streets will be closed leading up with the 147th Run for the Roses.

  The rise, fall and return of the Black Derby

People who live in west Louisville reflect on a Kentucky Derby day tradition that was shut down.

  Baffert groom needs kidney donor

While Baffert’s mind is always on his contenders, lately his heart has been with his groom.

  Post positions, morning line odds set for Kentucky Derby 147

The post positions for the 147th running of the Kentucky Derby are set.

Gov. Beshear honors African American contributions to horse racing ahead of Kentucky Derby

Gov. Beshear is recognizing the contributions of African Americans to horse racing ahead of the 147th running of the Kentucky Derby.

  Lousville milliners, hat shops tackle Derby week

Many local shops are moving full speed ahead as out-of-state customers and last-minute locals select their Derby hats five days before the big day.

Kentucky Oaks field, post positions set

Find out how they will break from the gate along with the morning line.

  Tourism leaders: ‘Derby is our tipping point’

Local tourism leaders said the Kentucky Derby should infuse the Louisville hospitality industry.

Louisville Native Assistant Trainer Dreams of Winning the Garland of Roses

St. X grad, Whit Beckman hopes to be in the house for his first Kentucky Derby win.

Super Stock carries Derby dream for entire Asmussen family

Trainers parents co-own Arkansas Derby champ

  Kentucky Derby Festival set to begin 4-day marathon, mini-marathon event

Just one day away from the first leg of the Kentucky Derby Festival marathon and mini-marathon, runners are preparing for a different kind of race.

  Snowy morning at Churchill Downs gets mixed reviews from trainers, horses

A rare snow day less than two weeks until the Run for the Roses.

  Restaurants, residents near Churchill Downs prepare for the Kentucky Derby

There are 11 days left until Kentucky Derby 147, businesses and those who live around Churchill Downs are getting ready for an influx of visitors.

Probable Kentucky Derby favorite Essential Quality works at Churchill Downs

Second to last work before running for the roses

Pletcher Works His Four Contenders at Churchill Downs

Two time Derby winning trainer, Todd Pletcher works his four contenders at Churchill Downs.

  Derby trainers return to Churchill Downs; morning workouts open to spectators

In just over two weeks, a limited number of spectators will fill the stands at Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks.

On Sale Today: Churchill Downs offering infield-only general admission tickets for Oaks, Derby

After an Oaks and Derby last year without fans, Churchill Downs will be bringing fans back to the infield for this year’s events.

  Kentucky Derby Festival organizers shake up Pegasus Parade traditions

The Kentucky Derby Festival Pegasus Parade could be coming to your neighborhood this year, organizers announced Tuesday.

Churchill Downs job fair announced ahead of upcoming spring meet

Jobs include positions in housekeeping, security and more.

  New Derby changes include all-inclusive tickets

There will be some changes to this year's Derby, including all-inclusive tickets.

Derby 147 sign installed at Churchill Downs

A sign of the times. Churchill Downs changes the grandstand sign to read "Kentucky Derby 147".

New Kentucky Derby ticket inventory to go on sale Friday

New Kentucky Derby ticket inventory will go on sale Friday, March 26 at noon.

Churchill Downs looking into increased capacity for 2021 Kentucky Derby following new guidance

Churchill Downs announced they are considering allowing more fans in to this year’s Kentucky Derby following new guidance on in-person capacity.

Former Churchill Downs President, CEO Albert Lynn Stone dies at 95

Stone started at Churchill Downs in 1961, working as resident manager.

  Catching Up with Starlight Racing

Starlight Racing has won two of the last three Kentucky Derby races.

Bill to preserve historical horse racing wins final passage

Kentucky’s horse industry has won a high-stakes showdown in the legislature.

  2021 Kentucky Derby Festival poster unveiled

This year’s Kentucky Derby Festival poster went to print at Derby City Litho on Friday morning. The artist, Louisville local Andy Perez, watched as his artwork came off the press.

Bill aiming to legalize historical horse racing in Kentucky passes committee

Kentucky lawmakers are hoping to make historical horse racing legal again in the state.

  Proponents of a legislative rescue of historical horse racing predict job losses if gaming revenue dries up

People who depend on horse racing for a living have some dire predictions of what might happen in Kentucky if the money suddenly disappears from historical horse racing.

  Thunder, Pegasus Parade happening in 2021 without crowds

While some indoor events will have to be sidelined, the show will go on for two of the festivals biggest events, but not to crowds.

Historical racing operations temporarily closing at Red Mile

Red Mile and Keeneland released a statement about the closure Sunday, Jan. 24.

  100 days until Kentucky Derby 147?

Churchill Downs on Thursday launched a countdown of 100 days to the 2021 Kentucky Derby by releasing a promotional video.

  Kentucky Derby thoroughbred slaughtered for meat in South Korea

According to PETA, 400 or more thoroughbreds from the U.S. are sold to South Korea each year.

  Unbridled Spending: Troubleshooters examine a popular Derby gala

It’s one of Louisville’s grandest Derby galas, but a WAVE 3 News Troubleshooter investigation found some interesting trends regarding the amount of money the Unbridled Eve gala has been donating to charities.

Churchill Downs announces all-inclusive ticket plan, safety measures for 2021 Kentucky Derby

The world’s most famous horse race likely will look different again next year, as it did this year when it was moved from May to September and went off in front of just a few hundred spectators at historic Churchill Downs.

  Churchill Downs: Outgoing track president describes ongoing dialogue with community following protests

Kevin Flanery, the retiring president of Churchill Downs, spoke with pride Monday about the relationship the historic racetrack has with the neighborhood outside its gates.

  Kevin Flanery: Churchill Downs Racetrack President retires after series of big challenges

After 11 years in charge, Churchill Downs Racetrack President Kevin Flanery is retiring, leaving behind a track and a sport facing rapid changes.

Churchill Downs President Kevin Flanery stepping down

Kevin Flanery announced Wednesday he plans to retire as president of Churchill Downs at the end of this year.

Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act passes US House of Representatives

Legislation created to reform the horse racing industry has unanimously passed the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday.

Kentucky Derby winner Authentic is 9-5 morning line favorite in Preakness Stakes

A field of 11 was entered on Monday

  Protests and Churchill Downs: What’s next after Derby?

Organizers of protests demanding justice for Breonna Taylor say they intend to continue applying pressure to Churchill Downs for commitments of inclusion in its economic future.

  Louisville woman has share in Derby winner and beats cancer in the same week

A woman is celebrating more than just a Derby victory on the 146th for the run for the roses.

Differences in community outside Churchill Downs on Derby Day

A community outside of Churchill Downs heard the sights and sounds of people demanding change.

Churchill Downs shares behind-the-scenes look at the call of Derby 146

You’ve seen and heard the most exciting two minutes in sports, but have you ever wondered what Derby looks like from the announcer booth?

  101 days of civil unrest in Louisville converge on the 146th Kentucky Derby

A pandemic and civil unrest marked the most unusual "most exciting two minutes in sports".

PHOTOS: Images from a very different Derby Week at Churchill Downs

Legendary photographer Dan Dry is once again sharing his images with us from Churchill Downs this week.

Authentic wins Kentucky Derby 146

The bright and sunny Derby on the first Saturday in September took place at Churchill Downs without fans.

Sen. Mitch McConnell encouraged Churchill Downs to play ’My Old Kentucky Home’

When McConnell was asked, “do you feel that ‘My Old Kentucky Home’ should be played at this weekend’s Derby?” He responded by saying “I do."

Fast Facts: The Kentucky Derby

The Kentucky Derby is known as the most exciting two minutes in sports. Two winners have come in under the two-minute mark, however.

LIST: Kentucky Derby winners

Country House was named the winner of Kentucky Derby 145 last year when Maximum Security was disqualified for interference

LIST: Triple Crown winners

American Pharoah won the Triple Crown in 2015, the sport's first such champion in 37 years. And just three years later, another Bob Baffert-trained horse, Justify, repeated the trick.

Tiz the Law and his shot at the Triple Crown

Belmont Stakes winner is heavy Derby favorite

LIVE POLL: Cast your votes all day throughout Derby!

Check back often throughout the day and answer our poll questions. And be sure to watch our live coverage on WAVE 3 News for poll results and new questions.

Shedaresthedevil wins Kentucky Oaks 146 in an upset

In a year without in-person fans at Churchill Downs, delayed from May due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 146th Run for the Lilies took place Friday evening.

Tiz the Law is a big favorite in a Derby unlike any other

None of the cheering — or cursing after losing wagers — from 150,000 fans will be heard this year at Churchill Downs, where America’s longest continuously held sports event will go on Saturday, four months later than usual. The track initially planned to allow 23,000 fans to attend until escalating

‘My Old Kentucky Home’ to be performed at Derby 146

A Kentucky Derby tradition will continue at Churchill Downs with some modifications.