WAVE 3 Derby Programming

Saturday, April 25, 7:00AM - 10:00AM
"The Great Balloon Race and Marathon/mini-Marathon" (live)
The Great Balloon Race is an aerial game of the "Hare and Hound" and one of Louisville's favorite family traditions. Thousands watch the colorful balloons lift off from the grounds of the Kentucky Fair & Exposition Center.

The Marathon/mini-Marathon has become one of the Kentucky Derby Festival's premiere event.   This 26.2 mile (13.1 mini) road race, starts at Southern Parkway near Iroquois Park and finishes downtown at 6th and Market.

Hosted by Ray D'Alessio, Carrie Weil, and Kevin Harned.

Monday, April 27 thru Friday, May 1, 5:00AM - 7:00AM
"Sunrise at the Downs" (live)

Sunrise at the Downs will highlight the festivities of Derby week from the backside of Churchill Downs.

Carrie Weil and Ray D'Alessio will interview the trainers, jockeys and celebrities that make the Kentucky Derby the greatest two minutes in sports.

Monday, April 27, 7:00PM - 8:00PM
"The Great Bed Races (live)
Live from Broadbent Arena, Kentucky Fair & Exposition Center.

A variety of decked-out beds will take to the track competing for the fastest times.  The five-person teams dress in wild and crazy costumes to compete in the wacky task. Great fun!

Hosted by Kent Taylor, Connie Leonard and John Belski.

Tuesday, April 28, 7:30PM - 8:00PM
"Kentucky Derby Cooking"
Local chef demonstrates tips and recipes to enhance any Derby party.

Thursday, April 30, 5:30PM - 7:30PM
"The Pegasus Parade" (live)
WAVE has the exclusive coverage of the Kentucky Derby Festival's 54th annual Pegasus Parade. The Pegasus Parade is consistently voted one of Louisville's favorite events.  The parade highlights local floats, marching bands, inflatable characters and equestrian units that will entertain both the young and young at heart.

Hosted by WAVE's Dawne Gee, John Belski and Connie Leonard.

Thursday, April 30, 7:30PM - 8:00PM
"Derby 134 Revisited"
A 30-minute sports special featuring highlights from the 2008 Derby with a feature on Eight Belles.

Friday, May 1, 10:00AM - 6:30PM
"WAVE 3's Kentucky Oaks Coverage" (live)
Anchors Jackie Hays, Dawne Gee and Scott Reynolds along with the entire WAVE 3 Team provides exclusive local coverage of the Kentucky Oaks along with all the other races on Churchill Downs' race card.  It is Louisville's day at the track and WAVE 3 will provide front row action as the excitement builds for the 135th running of the Kentucky Oaks.

Saturday, May 2, 7:00AM - 8:00AM
"Sunrise at the Downs" (live)
Sunrise at the Downs will highlight the festivities of Derby Day from the backside of Churchill Downs.

Carrie Weil and Ray D'Alessio will interview the trainers, jockeys and celebrities that makes the Kentucky Derby the greatest two minutes in sports.

Saturday, May 2, 8:00AM - 8:30AM
"Derby 134 Revisited " (Working Title)
A 30-minute sports special featuring highlights from the 2008 Derby with a feature on Eight Belles.

Saturday, May 2, 8:30AM - 5:00PM
"WAVE 3's Kentucky Derby Day Coverage" (live)
Anchors Jackie Hays, Dawne Gee and Scott Reynolds along with the entire WAVE 3 Team provides exclusive local coverage of all the races leading up to the 135th Kentucky Derby. WAVE 3 is the only local station live inside Churchill Downs to provide the excitement leading up to the greatest two minutes in sports.

Saturday, May 2, 7:00PM - 8:00PM
"WAVE 3's Derby Day Wrap-Up"
Coverage of the last two races at Churchill Downs along with interviews with the winning Jockeys, Owners and Trainers.