Churchill to Celebrate Ladies Weekend Nov. 14

The track will have a ladies-only handicapping seminar, boutique bazaar, and more.

Edited Churchill Downs Report

Churchill Downs will celebrate "Ladies’ Weekend” on Saturday, Nov. 14 and Sunday, Nov. 15 with a ladies-only handicapping seminar, boutique bazaar, warehouse sale, and the second annual celebration of “Horses and Hope” to raise awareness for breast cancer.

The weekend festivities begin early Nov. 14 with an informative new seminar entitled “Ladies First Racing Seminar & Breakfast: How to be a Lucky Lady!"

Churchill Downs has partnered with the newly formed group FATE (Females Are Thoroughbred Enthusiasts) in an effort to educate women on all aspects of horse racing, from beginner handicapping to Thoroughbred ownership.

The seminar and breakfast for ladies of all ages will take place in the Oaks Room on the fourth floor of the Jockey Club Suites from 9-11:30 a.m. and feature Churchill Downs’ Jill Byrne, the Courier-Journal’s Jennie Rees, top horse owner Maggi Moss, and former jockey P.J. Cooksey. In addition to the seminar and breakfast, the $25 admission will include parking, an official program, and reserved seat for a day at the races.

Guests of the seminar will also get a sneak preview of Churchill Downs’ first Boutique Bazaar and Warehouse Sale to benefit the Kentucky Derby Museum. Approximately 15 Louisville-area boutiques--including Clodhoppers, Dressing Room, Peacock Boutique and General Eccentric--will be on hand Nov. 14 for a warehouse sale of discounted ladies fashion, accessories, and hostess gifts. The shop is free to attend with paid general admission from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will also feature a Chambord and Champagne cocktail sample and an appearance by Brown-Forman’s chief entertainment officer Tim Laird with demonstrations of signature cocktails.

On Nov. 15, “Horses and Hope,” the initiative created in 2008 by Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear with the Kentucky Cancer Program, will return to focus attention on breast cancer awareness, education, screening, and treatment referral for the women who work in the barn areas at Kentucky racetracks.

More than 700 cancer survivors attended the inaugural event a year ago in Millionaire’s Row 4. In conjunction with “Horses and Hope”, the color of pink will be scattered throughout Churchill Downs, including pink lights in the Twin Spires. There will also be logos painted on the grass in front of the infield video boards, and a special appearance by “Winston” the miniature pony.

For more information or to purchase reserved seats, call (502) 636-4400 or visit