Before the recession inspired people to take a "staycation" the Chow Wagon was Louisville's excuse for a relaxing hometown day off. It's one part state fair, one part day at the park, and one part grownups playing hookey with their friends for a cheerful drink or three.
Two sportswriting hacks, a local radio "personality", a preschooler, and a professional turf writer/handicapper enter a Battle Royale of Handicapping for the 25 races of the Oaks and Derby cards. Who will come out on top?
Unless jockeys have gotten tall and have ample cleavage, that is
Rachel Alexandra returns to Churchill Downs on Friday. Could the champion filly, who wowed us with her victory in the 2009 Kentucky Oaks and Preakness Stakes, overshadow the 136th Run for the Lillies?
Or, the Louisville Pride Festival had an entry in this year's Pegasus Parade, and this was not it...
Here is a quick glance at what each of the 14 fillies in Friday's 136th Kentucky Oaks did on Oaks Eve.
Rodney Atkins is set to perform tomorrow night, Derby Eve, as part of Kroger's Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront.
Frankfort Avenue's monthly F.A.T. Friday Trolley Hop falls on the night before Derby. Party accordingly
Kentucky Derby culture is lost on this non-native, but it brings us all together in a small town way.
This downtown red carpet event justly calls itself, "The one Derby party you'll feel good about the morning after."
If you're looking for a Derby party far from the madness of Churchill Downs, check out the live music, freshly made BBQ, and unpretentious atmosphere of the Hillbilly Outfield.
It's the event with the most exclusive guest list and the best celebrities in Louisville. And, we'll be bringing you all the action before, during and after the party!