Coming to you today from the ultra-comfy media room at Churchill Downs.
That new Barbaro statue at the main entrance is pretty impressive, much bigger than you’d expect. It looks as if it were designed for the spot. Check out how sculptor Alexa King created it.
A really odd incident occurred on the track today when a horse dumped its rider and took off while 10 Derby horses were on the track. Doctor Rap was going full speed when it collided with a 2-year-old, Raspberry Miss, who was later euthanized. Doctor Rap was sent to an equine hospital and will survive. Neither of the exercise riders was seriously injured, though one was taken to the hospital.
Speaking of Accidents: They can take down that sign at the arena construction site listing how many days they’ve gone with a lost-time accident. A support gave way this morning and three workers had to be rushed to the hospital. They’re OK, and we’re sure the construction managers will say everything’s on schedule. [WHAS-TV]
Worth Watching: CNBC has produced an in-depth special on the Kentucky Derby’s business side. The show premiers Thursday at 9. [CNBC]
Grand Guests: Today’s the day for announcing what celebs are coming to your Derby Party, and the edge goes to the Grand Gala, with at least eight NFL players on the guest list, plus Michael Jordan.
Page’s Last Punch: The sad story of former heavyweight boxer Greg Page ended when the 50-year-old passed away, eight years after he suffered a brain injury during a fight in northern Kentucky. [AP]
Obama Loves Mountains: Pres. Obama is pushing to reverse a Bush-era regulation that allow mountaintop removal waste to be dumped into streams. [Page One]
Cafe 360 Going?: We drove down Bardstown Road and noticed moving vans in front of Cafe 360 in the Highlands.
Stay with us as we believe the new owner of the CW Louisville will be announced soon.