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Churchill's Fall Meet opens to warm weather and good turnout

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Warm weather and family friendly fun made for a good Sunday at Churchill Downs. The Fall Meet opened with an 11-race program, along with a Halloween parade for kids, attracting families and race fans alike.

The five-week race series started Sunday with a program highlighting 2-year-olds. The "Stars of Tomorrow" program, as its called, included a number of thoroughbreds that were making their career debuts.

Former jockey Charlie Woods Jr. said the field of young horses made it a fun day for racing fans.

"They're rather hard to handicap because a lot of them are first time starters. But you always have some added excitement with the 2-year-olds," said Woods.

Churchill Downs officials said the Stars of Tomorrow programs have helped launch the careers of numerous stakes winners, including the 2010 Kentucky Derby champion Super Saver.

The Fall Meet will go through November 30, with over 20 days of racing.

Races will continue at Churchill during the Breeders' Cup World Championships. All Breeders' Cup races will be shown on the big screen between live races. No races will overlap.

Night racing is scheduled for Friday, November 14 with the first post at 4:30 p.m.

There will be an early start on Thanksgiving Day, with the first post time at 11:30 a.m.

General admission to Churchill Downs is $3 ($1 for senior citizens age 60 and up; $10 for Downs After Dark). Children 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult.

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