Kentucky Derby 2018 - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Coach Rocks, a filly trained by Dale Romans, breezes around the Churchill Downs track on Saturday morning in preparation for the Kentucky Oaks. (WDRB photo by Eric Crawford) Coach Rocks, a filly trained by Dale Romans, breezes around the Churchill Downs track on Saturday morning in preparation for the Kentucky Oaks. (WDRB photo by Eric Crawford)

CRAWFORD | Pitino still a scratch, but Romans returns for another shot at Oaks, Derby dreams

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Instead of the "when are you going to win the Kentucky Derby?" question, trainer Dale Romans is fielding the "Rick Pitino question" in advance of this year's Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby.

Thunder Over Louisville brings big crowds and big headaches downtown Saturday Video included

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Planes spent Friday rehearsing and getting a feel for the airspace along the Ohio River. On Saturday, it will be time for the real thing when an estimated 500,000 people are expected to ascend on Waterfront Park for Thunder Over Louisville.

Pilot Billy Werth hopes to pull off new Thunder Over Louisville stunt Video included

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WDRB's Rachel Collier got to take a ride in the air with stunt pilot Billy Werth.

Skystar Wheel offers VIP Thunder fireworks viewing for a hefty price

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The amount you have to pay to rent one of the 6-person gondolas to watch the show on Saturday night. 

BOZICH | Playoff Rondo as good as any NBA guard in first round

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When the NBA playoffs begin, former Eastern HIgh and UK guard Rajon Rondo is capable of a triple-double every night. Ask the Portland Trailblazers.

EMS leaders urge all Thunder and Derby visitors to sign up for emergency text alert option Video included

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There is a new safety feature for the Kentucky Derby Festival this year. 

Louisville prepares to cue the planes, fireworks and music for Thunder Over Louisville Video included

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This year's theme is "A Disco Thunder," and even the technicians for Zambelli Fireworks are feeling the beat. 

NFL's Rob Gronkowski buys in to namesake Ky. Derby horse Video included

The Patriots' Rob Gronkowski bought a minority stake in the Kentucky Derby horse named after him. The Patriots' Rob Gronkowski bought a minority stake in the Kentucky Derby horse named after him.
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The horse named Gronkowski has won his last four races going into the Run for the Roses. 

New security measures will be in place at Churchill Downs during Derby Week Video included

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This year's visitors will be among the first to use the Downs' new expanded entry plaza.

Louisville installing digital kiosks to provide information on attractions, events Video included

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Each "City Post" kiosk is like a giant iPad that puts information about Louisville's attractions at visitors' fingertips. 

Celebrity guest list announced for 2018 Unbridled Eve Derby Gala Video included

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Proceeds from the event will towards several charities.

IRS pushes tax deadline back to Wednesday after technical difficulties Tuesday morning

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Wednesday is the new deadline to file and pay taxes after the Internal Revenue Service spent hours dealing with technical difficulties on Tuesday.

Popular Thunder Over Louisville viewing areas filled with debris Video included

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Thunder Over Louisville is in four days, and popular viewing areas along the Ohio River are covered in debris. 

U.S. COAST GUARD: Ohio River to be extremely dangerous for boaters during Thunder Over Louisville

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Officials want people to wear their life vests and to leave the alcohol at home.

Crews to begin setting up Chow Wagon at Waterfront Park Tuesday afternoon

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The Chow Wagon opens next Thursday, April 26, at 11 a.m., and remains open until Oaks Day, May 4.

Workout with a purpose at the 413 Fitness Dry Tri Video included

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413 Fitness created a workout to get the blood pumping and help raise money for Redeem The Dream.

Weather will play a role in Saturday's Thunder Over Louisville plans Video included

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Thunder Over Louisville marks the opening ceremony for the Kentucky Derby Festival, and the show will go on, rain or shine. 

Hip-hop superstar Lil Wayne to perform in Louisville during Derby week Video included

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The Grammy Award-winner and platinum-selling recording artist will headline Derby Soundstage 2018 on Thursday, May 3 at the Broadbent Arena.

Spalding University hosts Disney-themed 'Running of the Rodents' Video included

Spalding University held the 46th annual "Running of the Rodents" on April 12, 2018. Spalding University held the 46th annual "Running of the Rodents" on April 12, 2018.
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The 46th annual race featuring students, costumes and rats. 

Solid gold trophy for 144th Kentucky Derby unveiled at Churchill Downs Video included

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The trophy coveted by thoroughbred racehorse owners around the world is waiting to be claimed at Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May.

Grammy-winning A Cappella group to sing anthem at the Kentucky Derby Video included

Pentatonix to sing the anthem at the 144th Kentucky Derby. Pentatonix to sing the anthem at the 144th Kentucky Derby.
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Pentatonix is the lastest in a long line of nationally-known artists to sing the "Star Spangled Banner" at Churchill Downs. 

Woodford Reserve's 2018 $1,000 mint julep features the 'Best of Kentucky' Video included

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The cup design and ingredients that pay homage to the Bluegrass State. 

Coaching legends to be co-grand marshals of KDF Pegasus Parade

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Joe B. Hall an Denny Crum also served as grand marshals in 1975. 

Expect big changes for parking near Churchill Downs for Derby Week Video included

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The new restrictions on Central Avenue and changes for parking at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium and the Ky. Expo Center. 

Jeffersonville Police release traffic plan for Thunder Over Louisville

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Restrictions take effect at 8 a.m on Saturday, April 21. 

Churchill Downs' Darren Rogers gives top picks for Derby 144

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It's time to start talking Kentucky Derby 144. Darren Rogers with Churchill Downs takes a look at the horses to keep an eye on ahead of next month's big race.

Indiana prepares for Thunder Over Louisville crowds Video included

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Jeffersonville Fire Chief Eric Hedrick said 250,000 to 270,000 people are expected for the airshow and fireworks on the Indiana side of the Ohio River.

Derby Countdown: Signs updated at Churchill Downs Video included

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The 144th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, and crews have finished making sure signs at the historic track are up to date

Organizers hoping snow won't affect Papa John's 10 Miler on Saturday Video included

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As of now, the race is set to start at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 7 -- and organizers are hoping the chance of snow Friday night won't change that.

Kentucky Derby Festival officials not concerned about rising floodwaters on Waterfront Park Video included

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The rising water of the Ohio River is slowly overtaking part of Waterfront Park, and officials with the Kentucky Derby Festival is preparing for whatever Mother Nature will bring.

Rapper Diddy to host Trifecta Gala after-party at The Louisville Palace Video included

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Diddy -- also known as Sean Combs -- posted the announcement and invitation on Instagram Wednesday.

Zombies and flag football among new additions to Kentucky Derby Festival schedule

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KDF President and CEO Mike Berry said the mission is to provide something for everyone in the lead up to the Derby.

Horse named after Patriots' Rob Gronkowski to run Kentucky Derby

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Kerri Radcliffe of Phoenix Thoroughbred, which owns the horse, said the name was fitting.

SkyStar Observation Wheel at Waterfront Park officially opens Video included

The SkyStar will be on the waterfront  until the day after the Kentucky Derby. The SkyStar will be on the waterfront until the day after the Kentucky Derby.
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The Ferris wheel is set up next to the Big Four Bridge and features 36 gondolas that can hold six people each.

Arsenio Hall to emcee 'The Trifecta' Derby Eve Gala

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The Gala, an official Kentucky Derby Festival event, is being held at the new Omni Louisville Hotel on Friday, May 4, 2018. 

Fourth Street Live! announces Derby concert series

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Pre-sale tickets are $5 and day of tickets cost $10.

Hundreds of JCPS students participate in Kentucky Derby Festival Academic Challenge Video included

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12 teams of elementary school students took part in an Academic Challenge at the Hyatt in downtown Louisville on Saturday.

Anthem 5K kicks off 2018 Triple Crown of Running Saturday

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The race will wind through downtown Louisville.

Officials hold groundbreaking ceremony for Kentucky Derby Museum's $6.5 million expansion Video included

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The expansion will include seating for educational programming, and construction of an entirely new third floor to house administrative offices, a large conference room and storage areas. 

Tickets for 2018 Derby Festival go on sale Friday, March 2

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"We have another exciting line-up of events on the Derby Festival schedule," said Mike Berry, Kentucky Derby Festival President and CEO.

Royal Court introduced for 2018 Kentucky Derby Festival

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As court members, the women serve as ambassadors for the 2018 Kentucky Derby Festival and attend nearly 70 events during a two-week period.

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