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NO JUSTIFYING NEEDED: BAFFERT IS THE BEST

screen-shot-2018-06-05-at-2-35-27-pmSTORY & PHOTOS BY JEFF NUNN

IN A SPORT where the competition is based on four-legged creatures, why is it that the sport’s biggest star is a two-legged man that isn’t even on the track during the race? Is it because his white hair makes him recognizable to even the most casual fan? Is it because of the mystery that lurks behind those ever-present sunglasses? Is it because of the way he presents himself as confident and positive yet humble? Is it because he is so approachable and friendly?

Yes, yes, yes and yes. All of those attributes help distinguish Baffert as the biggest star in the sport, but what really makes him the star is that he is really good at training horses. And because he is good at training horses, his horses win a lot of races. Not just any races – the most prestigious races.

But the 2009 Hall of Fame inductee wasn’t always the best. He worked his way to the top and has endured the ups and downs of the sport since winning his first Triple Crown race in 1997 with Silver Charm.

Young Baffert grew up on his parents’ ranch in Arizona and became a jockey of Quarter Horses during his teen years. He then began training and scored his first victory at age 17. Out of high school, he asked D. Wayne Lukas for a job, but Lukas turned him down. He graduated from the University of Arizona’s race track industry program with a bachelor’s degree. In the early 1980s, he moved to Southern California and trained four champion Quarter Horses. He made the switch to thoroughbreds in 1988 with a purchase at an auction and won his first Breeders Cup race in 1992 with that purchase of a horse named Thirty Slews.screen-shot-2018-06-05-at-2-35-35-pm

Baffert came up just a nose short in his first Triple Crown race as Cavonnier finished second in the 1996 Kentucky Derby. In 1997 (Silver Charm) and 1998 (Real Quiet), Baffert won both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes only to fall one race short of the Triple Crown when both lost in the Belmont Stakes. He became the first trainer in history to win the Kentucky Derby and Preakness in back-to-back years. After a disappointing fifth place finish in the 2001 Kentucky Derby with Point Given, his horse went on to win both the Preakness and Belmont Stakes. In 2002, Baffert won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes with War Emblem only to lose in the Belmont Stakes. It was yet another lost opportunity to take the Triple Crown. He didn’t win another Triple Crown race until the 2010 Preakness with Lookin At Lucky.


screen-shot-2018-06-05-at-2-40-26-pm“EVEN IF JUSTIFY DOESN’T WIN THE TRIPLE CROWN, THIS WILL GO DOWN AS BAFFERT’S GREATEST TRAINING FEAT OF ALL TIME AND QUITE POSSIBLY THE GREATEST TRAINING FEAT EVER.”


In 2015, Baffert finally captured that elusive Triple Crown with American Pharoah. It was the first time in 37 years since that feat had been accomplished and twelfth time overall in the sport’s more than 140-year history.

This year, Baffert won the Kentucky Derby for the fifth time when Justify took home the roses. The victory moved Baffert into second place all time, one behind Ben Jones who trained in the 1940s.

Baffert and Justify also won the 2018 Preakness Stakes, giving Baffert his seventh Preakness victory, which moved him into a tie with Robert Wyndham Walden, who trained from 1875 to 1888. That Preakness victory also moved him into a tie with D. Wayne Lucas for the most Triple Crown race victories of all time (14).

The attempt to win the Belmont Stakes on June 9 would give Baffert his second Triple Crown winner in three years.

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One Race, Many Reasons

1By Nicholas Siegel | Photos by Kentucky Derby Festival Official Photographer Jonathan Roberts

IF YOU’VE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY to attend The Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon in the past, you probably know that every participant has a unique reason for being there. Whether it be personal growth, community building or running for a cause they believe in, for these runners, it’s a lot more than just a race.

One of this year’s participants, Donna Giovenco, likes to run the marathon because it reminds her of this time of year. “There is something about this race that speaks spring to me,” Giovenco said. “There is something about seeing and feeling the quiet at (Churchill Downs) and the horses out for their morning workouts that keeps me coming back.”

For another participant, Heidi Seuling, running the race over the years has been a great way to explore her passion of running and to relieve stress. “It’s very inspiring to see your friends and fellow runners in the community supporting each other, supporting fitness, supporting a healthy lifestyle, supporting happiness and fun at the same time,” Seuling said. “You’re meeting new people along the way, you’re encouraging each other … all of those things together make it such a positive experience.”

Seuling also touched on the diversity of reasons for participating. “Someone may be in a time-period where they need to refocus and get back in shape. Someone may be in a period where they are really fast and they’re training to qualify for something,” she said. “One year, I used it as a qualifying race for Boston. It was my way of working up to personal goals.”

Both Giovenco and Seuling are also ambassadors for the marathon, which means they were chosen to help advocate for the race as past participants. For them, spreading the word has always been part of the process, but this gives them an organized way to sing its praises.

The marathon also gives participants the opportunity to run for a charity of their choice.

Lara MacGregor with Hope Scarves, a charity that sends scarves to women battling cancer, ran the marathon a few times before deciding to start her organization. “I loved the idea of combining health, wellness, facing challenges and supporting our nonprofit organization. After my cancer diagnosis, I shared pictures of runs around the world with the hashtag #outrunningcancer,” MacGregor said.

“As a long time runner, I simply love the energy of the race. The excitement at the start, the pushing through when your legs are heavy at mile 10, the last mile when you realize how strong you are. Every outrunning cancer race I run, I’ve cried because each step we take as a team is for something bigger than ourselves. We run for our friends, mothers, wives, sisters. We run for those who can’t and for those who have died of cancer. We run with the hope that the money we raise will lead to more treatment options for people like me living with a terminal illness. We run to feel our heart pound in our chest and feel how alive we truly are. We are outrunning cancer, one step at a time – miles to go, but closer with each step.”

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Run for a Cause

For years, Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon

& miniMarathon runners have used the races

as vehicles to raise awareness and funds

for many local and national charities. The

Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation created a

committee to help oversee the efforts of the

Charity Program. Foundation board members

and volunteers are assigned as liaisons to

help coordinate the fund-raising efforts.

Since the online program was created in 2005,

more than $2 million has been raised for

participating local and national charities.


Benefiting Charities

ALSA C St. Jude

Alzheimer’s Association

American Printing House for the Blind

Bahkita Empowerment Initiative

Boys & Girls Clubs of Kentuckiana

Cure CF, Inc.

Cure SMA

Diamond Blackfan Anemia Foundation

Families for Effective Autism Treatment (FEAT )

Gilda’s Club

Girls Rock Louisville


Hope Scarves

House of Ruth

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

Kentucky Animal Relief Fund

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

LoveMyJoey

Noah’s Styling

Parkinson Support Center

Rettsyndrome.org

Summit Academy

The Arrow Fund

The Lord’s Kitchen


The Molly Johnson Foundation

The Shamrock Pet Foundation

Twisted Pink

Uspiritus


Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon & miniMarathon

Presented by Walmart

and Humana

7:30 a.m. April 28

derbyfestivalmarathon.com

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Derby Trot & Shop

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PHOTO BY DANNY ALEXANDER

DERBY TROT & SHOP

Join Sarah Jordan of Alpha Media April 14 in New Albany for Derby Trot & Shop powered by Bliss Travel. For just $25 you can sample your favorite wines and beers inside select locations, receive a signature glass and a shopping bag. The party starts at 2 pm in Bicentennial Park. Purchase tickets for the 21 and over event at www.bit.ly/TrotShop

(enter promo code SAVE5).


PSSTTT: SURE, BEN FRANKLIN IN NEW ALBANY IS THE PLACE TO GO FOR ALL THINGS ARTS AND CRAFTS, BUT DID YOU KNOW THEY CARRY A NUMBER OF DERBY ITEMS, INCLUDING HATS THAT THEY’LL DECORATE FOR YOU.

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A Voice and a Face

Strandz and Threadz red dress, $50; cocktail ring, $9; fascinator, $15.

Strandz and Threadz red dress,
$50; cocktail ring, $9; fascinator, $15.

Sarah Jordan looks back and ahead on her career.
Story by Remy Sisk
Photos of Sarah Jordan by Danny Alexander
Styling by Miranda McDonald
Hair and Makeup by Strandz Salon & Threadz Boutique
Clothing courtesy Sapphire on Spring Boutique and Strandz Salon & Threadz Boutique
Photos shot at Double Barrel, 147 E. Main St. in New Albany

If you’ve turned on your car radio at some point in the last decade, you’ve almost certainly heard the bubbly, vivacious voice of Sarah Jordan.

A true radio success story who has gone from intern to on-air personality to marketing director, Jordan has led a genuinely remarkable career, and her winning blend of superb talent and stunning personality makes her one of the community’s most revered public figures.

I first met Sarah when I was an intern at 99.7 DJX in 2011. As I began to work regularly with her, what always struck me most was her nonstop positive energy. She was always fully committed to helping me learn and gave me opportunities that I still credit as being highly impactful to my work today.

Strandz and Threadz lace dress, $49.99; fascinator, $19.95; butterfly clips, $3.50 each; gold necklace, $29.

Strandz and Threadz lace dress,
$49.99; fascinator, $19.95; butterfly
clips, $3.50 each; gold necklace, $29.

Personally, she always carried a contagious shine and lit up the room whenever she walked in. She and I would get overly emotional about reality TV contestants together and talk about the strengths and weaknesses of the latest singles (and fashions) from Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift. I learned so much from Sarah, and it’s no surprise to me that she’s risen to the heights that she has.

She’s been in radio for 12 years, and most listeners were first introduced to her when she was the night show host on DJX. When she became a mom, she transitioned to day shifts and worked mornings on 102.3, another of the five stations clustered under Alpha Media Louisville. Now, she’s the marketing director of all five brands, which include 99.7 DJX and 102.3 Jack FM as well as B96.5, Magic 101.3 and G105.1.

Sapphire on Spring blue dress, $86; fascinator $32.

Sapphire on Spring blue dress, $86; fascinator $32.

Jordan is keen to note that as she has gone from a wife to a first-time mother to now a mom of two, her career has simultaneously grown and developed. “When I was pregnant with my son, I was still doing nights on DJX, and I kept thinking that that was not going to work being a mom, and then I transitioned to doing a daytime shift and that worked better,” she remembers. “And so, as I’ve grown up as a mom, I do feel like my job has matured as I’ve matured – now in this level of management where I am with my two kids versus where I was when I just started having kids and was still a night show host on DJX.”

Regardless of her position, however, her passion for her industry has never faltered: “My favorite thing about radio,” she says, “is that it changes every single day. The landscape is constantly changing, mostly due to social media. Every day, we have to keep up with the latest technology, what’s trending on social media and what’s trending in the music world. So, every day is something different, and that’s my favorite thing about radio because just when you think you’ve figured it out, it changes the next day.”

Sapphire on Spring maxi skirt and crop top combo, $36; fascinator, $50.

Sapphire on Spring maxi skirt and crop top combo, $36; fascinator, $50.

Off the clock, Jordan spends as much time as she can with her husband as well as her two beautiful children. Currently, the crew resides in Jeffersonville and is actively building a house in Floyds Knobs. “Southern Indiana has always been my home – that’s where I grew up and where I went to high school and now my husband and I have lived here since 2009,” Jordan says. “We decided we wanted to raise our kids in the New Albany Floyd County school system, so we’re building back up in the Knobs now.”

Although Jordan is eminently ingrained in the culture of Louisville, she insists her love for Southern Indiana is strong and indeed emphasizes her appreciation for getting to split her time across the two states. “I like the small-town feel of Southern Indiana – I think it’s because I grew up there that it feels like home to me,” she enthuses. “I love Louisville, I work in Louisville and I probably spend more hours of my days in Louisville, but I like that I can cross the bridge and dance on both sides.”

Although Jordan is always busy – whether at work or at home – no time of the year is more demanding than Derby season, which is rapidly approaching.

Jordan has always relished Derby season and was actually a Derby princess in 2009. But this year, she’s going even further into the whirlwind by serving on the Kentucky Derby Festival board. Her work with the radio stations has her grooving around town already, and being on the board ensures it’ll be hard to find an event she won’t be attending.

But she’s up for the challenge and is sure to not only show up, but show up in style. “Obviously, I’m excited to figure out what to wear to the track because it’s always a task, but at the same time, one of my favorite things is pulling together hats and dresses and jewelry and evening gowns,” she maintains. “There is nothing like it.”

As far as her favorite event of Derby season, Jordan insists she can’t pick just one but does assert that one of the greatest experiences of the week is actually one of the less glamorous: “If you ever have the chance to be on the backside of Churchill Downs during Derby week, watching the sun rise between the Twin Spires and seeing those Derby horses practice for their big two minutes of fame – the sound of the hooves, it’s chilly, it’s damp, the sun’s rising, it is perfect.”

Although visiting the backside in the early morning may be a highlight, Jordan emphasizes that it’s more about the energy of the week than anything else, living through the hum of Derby week and embracing its nonstop excitement.

“When it’s Derby week, there’s a buzz in the city,” says Jordan. “I don’t care if you are walking down Fourth Street Live!, if you are you are at your house, if you hear airplanes flying in the sky or are you’re stepping on to the track. There is a certain energy that is around this entire city, and I think it’s because it knows it is being watched by the entire world for that one week.”

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Doing Derby

The Kentucky Derby Festival includes Southern Indiana, too.

Yes, it’s called the Kentucky Derby Festival, but there are plenty of reasons why those of

us in Southern Indiana should take time to enjoy the festival, too.


HORSESHOE FOUNDATION KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL FAMFEST

4-8 P.M. April 11.

Downtown New Albany (next to the YMCA)

This new family-friendly event includes a special preview of the 2018 Festival, featuring a hot air balloon, inflatables, mini golf and bed races, face painting and more. The first 1,000 attendees receive a custom Pegasus Pin.


April 16

KENTUCKY DER BY FESTIVAL FOUNDATION PRO-AM GOLF

TOURNAMENT. Noon Tee Time. Wildwood Country Club. Team entries $2,000.

Individual entries $500. Entries open to the public, includes lunch, golf with local pro,

cocktail reception following tournament and gifts. Contributing Sponsor: KPGA. Media

Sponsor: 1450/96.1 The Big X Sports Radio WXVW. Prize Sponsor: Horseshoe Southern

Indiana. A Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation event. A portion of the entry fee is tax

deductible. Contact Jon Pollock at jpollock@kdf.org or (502) 572-3833 to register.


Tuesday, April 17

KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL “TASTE OF DERBY FESTIVAL®”. 5:30 PM

– 8 PM. Louisville Slugger Field. Features exquisite fare from over 65 of Louisville’s finest

restaurants and beverage companies. Bourbon tasting, wine tasting and a silent auction.

Tickets $85, available in advance only. Coordinated by Dare to Care Food Bank. All proceeds

to benefit Dare to Care. Sponsor: Brown-Forman Corporation. Media Sponsor: 840 WHAS.

For more information call (502) 966-3821.


Thursday, April 19 – Sunday, April 29

STOCK YARDS BANK KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL $1 MILLION

DOLLAR HOLE-IN-ONE GOLF CONTESTSM. April 19-April 28: 10 AM – 8:30

PM, Closed April 21, April 29: 10 AM – 5 PM, Semi-finals 6 PM. Seneca Golf Course Driving

Range. $1 per shot and free for spectators. April 22: Jr. Day – Under 18 get 2 shots for

$1. April 23: First Responders and Veterans Day get 2 shots for $1. April 24: Ladies Day –

Ladies get 2 shots for $1. April 25: Long Drive Contest 11 AM – 7 PM, 2 shots for $5. Senior

Special Weekdays 10 AM – 2 PM, 62 and up get 2 shots for $1. Grand Prize: $1 million.

First Prize (if no Hole-in-One): $5,000. Sponsor: Stock Yards Bank. Contributing Sponsor:

Louisville Parks & Recreation. Media Sponsors: WLKY TV, 840 WHAS and Insider Louisville.


Friday, April 20

KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL THEY’RE OFF!® LUNCHEON. 11:30 AM.

Galt House East Grand Ballroom. Tickets: $680 Table of 8 or $85 each. Official Kentucky Derby

Festival kick off luncheon. Contributing Sponsors: Fifth Third Bank, Kentucky Blood Center,

and Kentucky Proud. Media Sponsor: Business First. Official Hotel: The Galt House.


Saturday, April 21 – Sunday, April 29

KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL VOLLEY BALL CLASSIC.

One of the country’s largest outdoor volleyball tournaments. Contributing Sponsors: ASICS and Mikasa. Media

Sponsor: 98.9 Radio Now. For more information call The Volleyball Connection/Tandem

Sports (502) 582-3530.

Sand Divisions at Baxter Jacks

April 21 and 22: 9 AM – 9 PM and

April 28 and 29: 9 AM – 9 PM

Grass Divisions at Seneca Park at the Tennis Courts

April 28 and 29: 9 AM – 6 PM


Saturday, April 21

KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL OPENING CEREMONIES: THUNDER

OVER LOUISVILLE®. FoodFest and Ford’s Thunder On the Ground open at 11:00 AM,

Airshow at 3:00 PM, Fireworks at 9:30 PM. Downtown Louisville Riverfront, Waterfront Park,

River Road and Southern Indiana shoreline.

Sponsors: Horseshoe Southern Indiana, LG&E, Meijer, UPS, and Valero, along with Papa

John’s Thunder Funders. Thunder on the Ground Sponsor: Ford Motor Company. Official

Hotel: The Galt House. Official Sound Sponsor: Logan Lavelle Hunt.

All-day live coverage on WLKY TV and 106.9 PLAY. Event programs distributed April 21 by

The Courier-Journal. Featuring the Thunder Chow Wagon at Waterfront Park and the East

River Road Beer Garden. Admission is free with a 2018 Pegasus Pin. (Open 11AM – 11PM.

NO TENTS, STAKES, TAPE OR PETS.) Meijer Family Fun Zone on the Belvedere. Admission

is free with a 2018 Pegasus Pin. (Open 11AM – 11PM. NO TENTS, STAKES, TAPE OR PETS.)

North Great Lawn area opens at 9 AM. Admission is free with a 2018 Pegasus Pin.

(NO TENTS, STAKES, TAPE OR PETS.)

ThunderOverLouisville.org


Sunday, April 22

JUNIOR DAY AT STOCK YARDS BANK KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL

$1 MILLION DOLLAR HOLE-IN-ONE GOLF CONTESTSM. Seneca Golf Course

Driving Range. 10 AM – 8:30 PM (Open Daily through April 29). Under 18 get 2 shots for

$1. Over 18 is $1 per shot. Grand Prize: $1 million. First Prize (if no Hole-in-One): $5,000.

Sponsor: Stock Yards Bank. Contributing Sponsor: Louisville Parks & Recreation. Media

Sponsors: WLKY TV, 840 WHAS and Insider Louisville.


Monday, April 23

FIRST RESPONDERS AND VETERANS DAY AT STOCK YARDS BANK

KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL $1 MILLION DOLLAR HOLE-IN-ONE

GOLF CONTEST. Seneca Golf Course Driving Range. 10 AM – 8:30 PM (Open Daily

through April 29). First Responders and Veterans get 2 shots for $1. Other participants

pay $1 per shot. Grand Prize: $1 million. First Prize (if no Hole-in-One): $5,000. Sponsor:

Stock Yards Bank. Contributing Sponsor: Louisville Parks & Recreation. Supporting Sponsor:

Academy Sports + Outdoors. Media Sponsors: WLKY TV, 840 WHAS and Insider Louisville.


Tuesday, April 24

LADIES DAY AT STOCK YARDS BANK KEN TUCKY DER BY FESTIVAL $1

MILLION DOLLAR HOLE-IN-ONE GOLF CONTEST. Seneca Golf Course

Driving Range. 10 AM – 8:30 PM (Open Daily through April 29). Ladies get 2 shots for $1.

Other participants pay $1 per shot. Grand Prize: $1 million. First Prize (if no Hole-in-One):

$5,000. Sponsor: Stock Yards Bank. Contributing Sponsor: Louisville Parks & Recreation.

Media Sponsors: WLKY TV, 840 WHAS and Insider Louisville.


Wednesday, April 25

LONG DRIVE CONTEST AT STOCK YARDS BANK KENTUCKY DERBY

FESTIVAL $1 MILLION DOLLAR HOLE-IN-ONE GOLF CONTEST.

Seneca Golf Course Driving Range. 11 AM – 7 PM. 2 shots for $5. Sponsor: Stock Yards

Bank. Contributing Sponsor: Louisville Parks & Recreation. Media Sponsors: WLKY TV, 840

WHAS and Insider Louisville.


Thursday, April 26

KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL HEALTH FAIR PRESENTED BY

WELLCARE HEALTH PLANS. 4 PM – 8 PM. NEW LOCATION: Fourth Street Live!

Featuring exhibits, activities and screenings for families that will be educational and

entertaining. Admission is free with a 2018 Pegasus Pin®. Sponsor: WellCare Health Plans.

Contributing Sponsors: Bluegrass Pain Consultants, PLLC and KentuckyOne Health. Media

Sponsors: 100.1/103.5 WAKY and Today’s Transitions.


Thursday, April 26 – Friday, April 27

KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL RACE EXPO AND PACKET PICK-UP

PRESENTED BY FLORASTOR. Kentucky Exposition Center West Wing. Two-day

Expo where you can see the latest running gear, get nutritional advice, pre-race running tips

and pick up your race packet for Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon/iMarathon® and PNC

Tour de Lou. Sponsor: Florastor. Official Bourbon: Jim Beam. Media Sponsor: 99.7 DJX.

Thursday: 4 PM – 8 PM. Expo and Packet Pickup.

Friday: 11 AM – 9 PM Expo and Packet Pickup


Thursday, April 26 – Saturday, April 28

U.S. BANK KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL GREAT BALLOONFEST.

Admission is free with a 2018 Pegasus Pin®. Sponsor: U.S. Bank.

Contributing Sponsor: V.G Reed & Sons.

April 26:

7 AM Launch. U.S. Bank Kentucky Derby Festival Great Balloon Charity Race. Bowman Field.

8:30 PM. U.S. Bank Kentucky Derby Festival Great Balloon Glimmer.

Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront. Media Sponsor: Q103.1.

April 27:

7 AM Launch. U.S. Bank Kentucky Derby Festival

Great Balloon Rush-Hour Race. Bowman Field.

Public entrance off Pee Wee Reese Road.

Media Sponsor: 99.7 DJX.

9 PM. U.S. Bank Kentucky Derby Festival Great Balloon Glow. Kentucky Exposition Center.

Gates open at 6 PM. $8 KEC parking fee. Media Sponsor: 106.9 PLAY. Broadcast special by

WLKY TV on MeTV Louisville 32.2.

April 28:

7 AM Launch. U.S. Bank Kentucky Derby Festival Great Balloon Race®. Bowman Field.

Public entrance off Pee Wee Reese Road. Media Sponsor: 99.7 DJX.


Thursday, April 26 – Friday, May 4

KROGER’S FEST-A-VILLE ON THE WATER FRONT. Open Daily 11 AM

– 11 PM, except Sunday 12 PM – 10 PM. Waterfront Park. ULTIMATE ENTERTAINMENT

EXPERIENCE featuring concerts with national talent, family fun, food, kids’ inflatable

playground, midway rides and more. Happy Hour Weekdays 4-6 PM, $2 beer. Pegasus Play-

Ville Free Rides (kids 12 and under) 4 PM – 6 PM daily, courtesy of AETNA Better Health of

Kentucky. Admission is free with a 2018 Pegasus Pin®. (FOOD, DRINK AND PETS ARE NOT

PERMITTED). Sponsor: Kroger. Media Sponsor: The Courier-Journal.

KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL CHOW WAGON® Open Daily 11 AM – 11

PM, except Sunday 12 PM – 10 PM. Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront. Outdoor food &

live music venue. Sponsors: Kroger and Miller Lite. Featuring the Miller Lite Music Stage.

Admission is free with a 2018 Pegasus Pin®. (FOOD, DRINK AND PETS ARE NOT PERMITTED).


Friday, April 27

KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL NEIGH-MASTE ON THE WATER FRONT.

12 – 1 PM. Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront, Great Lawn. Relax and recharge at this

yoga event at the Waterfront. Admission is free with a 2018 Pegasus Pin®. (FOOD, DRINK

AND PETS ARE NOT PERMITTED.)

KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL OHIO VALLEY WRESTLING RUN FOR THE ROPES.

6 PM – 7:30 PM. Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront, Great Lawn.

Special meet-and-greet with OVW stars at 5 p.m., followed by six big matches including

a special “all-for-1 one-for all” over the top rope Battle Royal. Admission is free with a

2018 Pegasus Pin®. For more information call (502) 759-7665. Presented by Ohio Valley

Wrestling. (FOOD, DRINK AND PETS ARE NOT PERMITTED.)

KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL DERBY OF THE DEAD PRESENTED

BY LOUISVILLE ZOMBIE WALK. 6 PM – 11:00 PM. Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville on the

Waterfront, Great Lawn. Entertainment by: Nulydedz zombie rockabilly band, sideshow and

fire arts entertainment by Artemisia, local artists & zombie themed wares, zombie car show,

zombie make up demonstration by Team Demon Fabulous from The Devil’s Attic. Admission

is free with a 2018 Pegasus Pin®. For more information visit derbyofthedead.com (FOOD,

DRINK AND PETS ARE NOT PERMITTED.)

MAX FEATURING SPECIAL GUEST LOGAN HEN DER SON AT

WATER FRONT JAM. 8 PM. Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront. Admission is free

with a 2018 Pegasus Pin®. VIP Viewing Tickets $20, online at KDF.org. Media Sponsor: 98.9

Radio Now (FOOD, DRINK AND PETS ARE NOT PERMITTED.)

KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL KEN-DUCKY DERBY. 4 PM – 8PM. Call to the

post 7 PM. Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront. See the launch of 20,000 ducks into

the Ohio River for a chance to race and compete for prizes. Proceeds benefit Harbor House.

Admission is free with a 2018 Pegasus Pin®. To adopt a duck, visit DuckTruck.org. For

more information go to KDF.org or call (502) 717-0072. Sponsor: Swope Family Dealerships.

Media Sponsor: WLKY TV. (FOOD, DRINK AND PETS ARE NOT PERMITTED.)

KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL DA’VILLE CLASSIC DRUM LINE

SHOWCASE. 5 PM. The Louisville Palace. High school and community drum lines from

Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana showcase their creativity, musicianship, and pageantry. General

Admission Seating is $10. For tickets call, (502) 905-2908. Media Sponsor: B96.5 FM.

KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL FITNESS JAM. 5 PM – 7 PM. Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville

on the Waterfront, Great Lawn. Join the best Zumba and U-JAM instructors in the area, wear

comfortable clothes and come burn calories with the fitness craze that is sweeping the

nation! Admission is free with a 2018 Pegasus Pin®. For information call (502) 554-4486

or visit www.kyfitnessparty.com. Sponsor: ELeet Stone Countertops. Media Sponsor: 93.1

The Beat. (FOOD, DRINK AND PETS ARE NOT PERMITTED.)

KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL THESLICE: SPICE, STYLE AND SOUL.

6 PM – 9 PM. The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage. Live entertainment and

food tasting. Proceeds benefit charities and assistance programs. Tickets include 2018

Pegasus Pin. $65 in advance, $75 day of event. For tickets call (502) 584-4602, visit

TheSliceofLouisville.org or purchase at Kentucky Center for African American Heritage,

Better Days Records at Lyles Mall or JAM BUSTERS at 4906 Poplar level Road. Media

Sponsor: MAGIC 101.3.

BELTERRA CASINO RESORT CONCERT FEATURING TYLER FARR

WITH SPECIAL GUEST MITCHELL TENPENNY. 8 PM. Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville

on the Waterfront. Waterfront Jam concert featuring a salute to Veterans and Active Duty

Military. Free admission for Veterans and Active Military all day. General Admission is free

with a 2018 Pegasus Pin®. VIP Viewing Tickets $20, online at KDF.org. Sponsor: Belterra

Casino Resort. Media Sponsor: 97.5 WAMZ (FOOD, DRINK AND PETS ARE NOT PERMITTED.)


Sunday, April 29

PNC KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL TOUR de LOU. Staggered start based

on distance: 62.1 Metric Century – 8:30 AM, 35-mile ride – 8:40 AM, 20-mile ride – 8:50

AM. Open course Cycling event with three distances for beginners to experienced cyclists.

Start and finish near Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville at Waterfront Park. Entry fees and registration

info at KDF.org. Sponsor: PNC. Official Safety Sponsor: AAA East Central. Contributing

Sponsors: Baptist Health Sports Medicine, Louisville Marriott Downtown, and Scheller’s

Fitness & Cycling. Media Sponsors: 102.3 Jack FM and The Courier-Journal. Supporting

Sponsors: Louisville Bicycle Club and Louisville Water Company.

MAYOR’S DERBY BRUNCH ON THE RIVER . 11 AM-1:30 PM. Riverside, the

Farnsley-Moremen Landing. A festive brunch featuring a traditional Kentucky breakfast,

music, and tours of the property including the Moremen Family Chapel. Tickets $100 or $750

for Table of 8. For tickets or information call (502) 935-6809 or Riverside-Landing.org.

KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL “V FOUNDATION” CELEBRITY BOCCE

TOURNAMENT. 12 – 4 PM. Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront, Great Lawn. Have

fun and play bocce with celebrities for a great cause at the Waterfront. For registration

information contact JohnS@ESPNLouisville.com. Admission for spectators is free with

a 2018 Pegasus Pin®. Sponsor: Money Concepts (FOOD, DRINK AND PETS ARE NOT

PERMITTED.)

THE CHILDREN’S TEA WITH THE KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL

PRINCESSES PRESENTED BY BIGELOW TEA. 1 PM – 4 PM. Crowne Plaza,

Louisville Airport. Children ages 4 and up invited to meet the Kentucky Derby Festival Queen

and Princesses. Tickets $35 each. Reservation required. Purchase tickets online at www.

thefillies.org. Sponsor: Bigelow Tea. Produced by: The Fillies, Inc. For more information

contact Cindy Lewandowski at 502-295-1740 or cindy2018tea@gmail.com

KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL YMCA HEALTHY KIDS DAY® PRESENTED

BY HUMANA AND NORTON CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL. 1 – 4 PM. Free,

family friendly fitness event on the North Great Lawn at Waterfront Park inside Kroger’s

Fest-a-Ville. Features interactive activities, community vendors, inflatables, group exercise

classes and the miniFun Run. For kids ages 3 and older, plus adults. Coordinated by YMCA

of Greater Louisville. Sponsors: Humana and Norton Children’s Hospital. Media Sponsors:

B96.5 FM. For more information visit YMCALouisville.org or call 502-587-9622. (FOOD,

DRINK AND PETS ARE NOT PERMITTED.)

PASSPORT KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL GOSPELFEST. 3 PM – 6 PM.

Gospel Choir Showcase. NEW LOCATION: St. Stephen Church Louisville. Admission is free

with a 2018 Pegasus Pin©. Sponsor: Passport. Contributing Sponsors: Hosparus Health

and Kentucky Department of Tourism. Media Sponsors: B96.5 FM and WLOU 104.7 FM.


For more events and information, go to KDF.org.

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47th Jeff Ruby’s Steaks

March 10 • Horseshoe Southern Indiana in Elizabeth

Photos by Amber Chalfin

Just more than two lengths covered the

top three finishers in a thrilling renewal

of the $200,000 Jeff Ruby Steaks (G3)

at Turfway Park Saturday, with Blended

Citizen hitting the wire a neck in front

to earn 20 points toward a spot in the

Kentucky Derby gate. Pony Up was

second, a length ahead of Arawak in

third. Final time for the 1 1/8-mile race

over Polytrack was 1:50.87.