Thursday, June 28 2012

Churchill Downs All-Night Racing Closing Weekend Topped by Saturday’s ‘Downs After Dark’ White Paty

LOUISVILLE, KY (Thursday, June 28, 2012) – The complexion of the three racing sessions that comprise the final racing days of Churchill Downs’ 38-day Spring Meet changed drastically in recent days as record heat pushed into the Ohio Valley, but the centerpiece of the meet’s farewell weekend – the return of the popular “White Party” for the final Downs After Dark Presented by Stella Artois and Finlandia Vodka night racing program on Saturday, June 30 – remains intact with only one minor change in schedule.

A forecast of a rare streak of several days of triple-digit temperatures and concerns about possible heat-related issues for horses and humans prompted Churchill Downs officials to cancel the nine-race program on Thursday, June 28 and to move the racing programs of Friday, June 29 and Sunday, July 1 to a nighttime schedule. The result is the first stretch of three consecutive night racing programs since Churchill Downs first introduced racing under temporary lights in 2009 and conducted night racing sessions under a state-of-the-art system of permanent lights beginning the following year.

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