Churchill Downs Kicks Off New Season of Night Racing Friday

by Stephanie Crosby A new season of night racing gets underway tomorrow evening at Churchill Downs. It’s the first night racing event since the four-million dollar permanent lights were installed at the track. Spokesperson Darren Rogers says they learned a lot from three night racing events last year under the temporary lights. He says they’re… Continue reading Churchill Downs Kicks Off New Season of Night Racing Friday

Permanent Lights In Place At Churchill Downs

By Rick Howlett Technicians are are making some final adustments to the permanent lights just installed at the home of the Kentucky Derby. Churchill Downs officials decided to install the fixtures after the success of a night racing experiment last year that used temporary lights (pictured). Track spokesperson Darren Rogers says the permanent lights are… Continue reading Permanent Lights In Place At Churchill Downs

Permanent Lights Construction at Churchill Begins This Week

The construction project at Churchill Downs that will bring permanent lighting to the track starts tomorrow. Track officials announced earlier this month that they had awarded the contract to Musco Lighting, and will host six night racing dates in 2010. Musco Vice-President Jeff Rogers says his company paid special attention the historic nature of the… Continue reading Permanent Lights Construction at Churchill Begins This Week

Night Racing Dates Announced at Churchill Downs

Plans are being made for six nights of racing at Churchill Downs next year. Officials at the historic track announced today that Iowa-based Musco Lighting has been selected to design and install permanent lights before the spring meet. Churchill Downs President Kevin Flanery says even though it will cost between three-and-four million dollars to install… Continue reading Night Racing Dates Announced at Churchill Downs

Churchill Downs To Install Permanent Lights

The home of the Kentucky Derby will have permanent lights installed for night racing. Churchill Downs officials announced Monday that the lights will be ready in time for the 2010 spring meet. Three experimental night racing cards last summer using temporary lights were a success, drawing a total of nearly 90,000 fans. Churchill Downs spokesperson… Continue reading Churchill Downs To Install Permanent Lights

Flanery Is New Churchill Downs Track President

A Louisville native has been named the 13th president of Churchill Downs racetrack. Kevin Flanery joined Churchill Downs, Incorporated four years ago as vice-president of national public affairs. Flanery replaces Steve Sexton, who took another position in the company. Flanery says he’ll continue to pursue innovative ways to bring more people to the historic track. He… Continue reading Flanery Is New Churchill Downs Track President

Churchill Launches Online Poll on Night Racing

Churchill Downs is turning to racing fans for their input on whether the track should install permanent lights so night racing can be offered on a more frequent basis. The last night racing event for the trial run this spring was Thursday night. It drew more than 33,000 people. Spokesperson Darren Rogers says they’ll soon… Continue reading Churchill Launches Online Poll on Night Racing

Churchill Offers Mea Culpa After Shaky Night Racing Start

Churchill Downs is offering one-dollar beer and reduced admission fees for people who attend their two remaining night racing events. The changes are a mea culpa for problems at last Friday’s foray into night racing. Many patrons say they had to wait more than an hour in concessions lines; some stands ran out of product.… Continue reading Churchill Offers Mea Culpa After Shaky Night Racing Start

Night Racing Starts This Week at Churchill

After 135 years of operation, Churchill Downs will host its first night racing event later this week. Churchill spokesman Darren Rogers says the track will be transformed into a very different atmosphere during the evening. “We’re going to try and redefine the racetrack experience and keep our sport relevant to today’s customers. It’s going to… Continue reading Night Racing Starts This Week at Churchill

Racing Commission Approves Churchill Night Racing Dates

The Kentucky Racing Commission has approved a request by Churchill Downs to include three night racing dates in it its  upcoming spring meet. The track will have 6:00pm first posts on two Fridays, June 19 and 26 and on Thursday, July 2. Churchill officials say they want to experiment with the concept to determine if… Continue reading Racing Commission Approves Churchill Night Racing Dates