The Ellis Park Derby will mark the first time in the 98-year history for Ellis Park of Henderson, Kentucky to host a Kentucky Derby qualifying race. Churchill Downs, Inc. of Louisville has just released a new list of prep races for its “Road to the Kentucky Derby Presented By Woodford Reserve” and the Ellis Park Derby was elevated from a listed stakes race to a preparation race.

Kentucky Bourbon Festival of Bardstown Goes Virtual For 2020 Amid COVID-19 Concerns

For the first time in 29 years, the Kentucky Bourbon Festival in Bardstown, Kentucky will be going virtual due to health and safety of distilleries, attendees and the Bardstown community amid the COVID-19 pandemic, their the traditional live event to a virtual experience for the 29th edition of the annual bourbon festival. H

$1,000 Mint Julep for Kentucky Derby 146 Honors 50th Anniversary of First Female Jockey to Ride in Derby

The $1,000 for Kentucky Derby 146 celebrates Diane Crump, first female jockey to ride in The Kentucky Derby, and this year’s Woodford Reserve $1,000 Mint Julep Cup program celebrates that milestone. A limited number of them on sale now the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. Read more about this and the Kentucky Derby 146 scheduled to run in Louisville in September.