A Sportingly Brief History of “The Star Spangled Banner”

The Early and Not-So-Early Years Birth of a Song: In 1812, Francis Scott Key wrote new lyrics for a popular song. World War I: Patriotic ceremonies were common at baseball games. Official, Take 1: In 1916, Woodrow Wilson decreed a presidential order that made the song the official anthem of the United States. The First:… Continue reading A Sportingly Brief History of “The Star Spangled Banner”

Three Derby Jockeys To Be Featured On Reality Program

A production team from the Animal Planet reality series “Jockeys” has been at Churchill Downs this week, following three Kentucky Derby riders who will be featured in the show’s second season. Two of them, Joe Talamo and Mike Smith, were part of the first season of the program, which gave viewers a behind-the-scenes look at… Continue reading Three Derby Jockeys To Be Featured On Reality Program

Trainers, Jockeys Make Final Preps For Derby 135

The 135th Kentucky Derby will be run shortly after 6:00pm Saturday, with a full field of 20 in the Run for the Roses. The early favorite, at 3 to 1, is I Want Revenge, followed by co-second favorites Dunkirk and Pioneer of the Nile, at 4-1. The third favorite, at 5 to 1, is Friesan… Continue reading Trainers, Jockeys Make Final Preps For Derby 135

Churchill Downs: Taking a Gamble on a Song

The Kentucky Derby has invited LeAnn Rimes to sing the national anthem, marking the first time it’s had a national recording artist sing the song at the event. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer reports on why the Derby had begun what it is calling “a new tradition” and what it means. Singing “The Star Spangled Banner” is… Continue reading Churchill Downs: Taking a Gamble on a Song

UPDATE: Possible Swine Flu Cases In Kentucky; Derby Plans Unaffected

From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear says Saturday’s 135th running of the Kentucky Derby will go off as scheduled. He says the possible presence of swine flu in the state will not alter those plans.  “States around the nation are continuing to hold such major events. I’m talking about NBA playoff… Continue reading UPDATE: Possible Swine Flu Cases In Kentucky; Derby Plans Unaffected

Police Ready For Oaks, Derby Traffic

Hundreds of Louisville Metro Police officers will be on traffic control duty on Kentucky Oaks and Derby days. LMPD Lieutenant Doug Sweeney says authorities will shut down some Watterson Expressway offramps near the end of each race day to facilitate the flow of traffic out of  the racetrack area. The Department of Transportation,  one of our… Continue reading Police Ready For Oaks, Derby Traffic

A Field of 20 Will Run In Derby 135

The post positions are set for the 135th running of the Kentucky Derby.           A full field of twenty is entered in Saturday’s race. The early favorite, at 3 to 1, is I Want Revenge, trained by Jeff Mullins.                                      This is Mullins’ fifth Derby, but his first as trainer of a morning line favorite.  He says… Continue reading A Field of 20 Will Run In Derby 135

Police Easing Some Derby Cruising Rules

Louisville Metro Police have lifted some of the restrictions that were put in place to crack down on Derby weekend cruising along West Broadway. Assistant Chief Philip Turner says motorists will no longer need a permit for access to the route, and police won’t divert traffic unless there’s a heavy backup of vehicles. “(Such as)… Continue reading Police Easing Some Derby Cruising Rules