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Behind the Scenes at the Kentucky Derby

Churchill Down's New Addition - The Mansion

The Kentucky Derby will not be the same for most media members in 2013 with Churchill Downs unveiling plans of the “Mansion” this morning. The $9 million dollar expansion will move the media center, which is currently located on the top floor of Churchill Downs, to the first floor offices.

 

The current Media Center will be transformed into a new area featuring seating, a fully catered dining area and butler services. As an unofficial “media member” during the live racing at Churchill Downs I think this is a fantastic move in more ways than one. During regular live racing days at Churchill I would always sit in the 3rd Floor Grandstand to have better access to the track and paddock. In that aspect little will change from what I will be doing to cover the races. There will be several boxes set aside on the 3rd floor for media members to view the races, along with several television monitors in close proximity.

 

Although I’ve never experienced butler service, or plan on experiencing it ever in my life, these new additions to one of the best sporting venues in the world will be one of a kind. Even though I will miss the breathtaking view on Kentucky Derby day from the Media Center, I will certainly enjoy being closer to the track, horses, and the fans. The new location of the Media Center will bring everyone closer together to have access to the best coverage for the sport we love. The Mansion will offer something that has never been experienced at any other sports venue in the entire world. It will offer features such as a library, parlor, veranda and private dining rooms. The full expansion will be completed by the fall meet at Churchill Downs, starting October 28th.

 

 

 

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I can't wait to go.
Of course, they're getting ready for a casino. Kentucky Downs has vlts which has made money for them and the industry. The Gov. Was planning for 7 or 8 casino destinations. With Keeneland and Red Mile sharing one.
Churchill announced last season that they are currently making more money from their casinos that racing interests. They are licking their collective chops at this expansion so it will hasten a casino at that parent venue.
Just preparing for the casino
That looks awesome! I'm sensing a HRN suite Derby weekend!
Wow, looks pretty cool to me. :)

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Meet Kevin Kerstein 

Long story short, I took the long road getting involved in the industry. I did not get into horse racing until 2008 when I came to Louisville for college.

I'm originally from outside of Philadelphia and attend college at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky. Since I was 15 I was involved with working in radio and TV. I first covered horse racing at the 2011 Kentucky Derby and my passion just continues to grow. Let the early mornings begin and the Derby fever heat up as we hit the backside to get the exclusive stories leading up to the first Saturday in May.  

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