Looks to be soggy the rest of the week, though the latest forecast calls for a break for today’s Parade downtown. Golfer Kenny Perry and his Dad are the grand marshals. Also honored will be the U of L Lady Cards basketball team. On with the news…
Derby Coverage: The C-J and H-L feature artwork of the Derby starting gate on their front pages, with the C-J front a giant photo of Bob Baffert and his son at the post position draw. Aside from its main Derby story, the C-J has a news feature detailing how there won’t be as many buses, rides will cost more, and Miller Transportation will be using school buses near the track. But officials still hope things go smoothly…in the rain. [Courier]
Our Belle Beat Their Belle: The score was 77.5 to 22.5, whatever that means. Everybody had a big time at the Steamboat/Diesel Contest/Race. [Courier]
In the Times: The New York Times is here. Joe Drape writes that owners and trainers are still resistant to sharing their horses’ vet records, that the sport still has loose medical regulations and vets are concerned about overmedication of horses. It’s the increased use of legal drugs, he writes, that has vets concerned. [NY Times]
Just Hope This Affects You: Ever won big at the track? Then you know the IRS is standing by to take a portion of your winnings — on the spot. John Yarmuth is doing something about it, introducing legislation to end the practice. “It is simply unfair that a low-dollar better who hits it big walks away from the window with only 75 percent of their winnings, while a high roller that wins the same amount is not subject to the automatic withholding,” Yarmuth said. “It is also wrong to assume that horse racing fans will cheat on their taxes and unnecessary to force racetracks to act as agents of the IRS.”
Close a Street, Another One Opens: Notice you haven’t heard much about Derby cruising in the West End this year. Since the Mayor ended the madness three years ago, other events are popping up there. Check out LEO’s story. [LEO]
$2 Million Saved: City government workers get the day off tomorrow, the last involuntary furlough day of the year. The Mayor’s Office says it’s been popular with staffers.
Never, Ever, Say Never: Rick Bozich speculates on the unthinkable — a Derby run at night. Now that there are plans for night racing later this year, it’s only natural to think it could happen for the big race, right? The track says the idea has never come up. [Courier]
Two Events: There are dozens of parties and celebrations tonight. The biggest may be Churchill Downs’ VIP/Media Party. We’ll be at the Creative Vibrations event, benefitting the Dream Factory.