Sunday's editorial ("Maintaining Minnesota's 'big mo,' " Feb. 4) made a compelling case that Minnesota should spend more lavishly to entice more major events such as the Super Bowl to the state. Having given the matter serious thought, I have created a short list of famed events that, given the proper financial inducements, might come here occasionally or even regularly. The America's Cup. The world's greatest yachting race has traditionally been held on the high seas. But given its multiple bays and channels, Lake Minnetonka would provide a serious test for great sailors. The mansions lining the lakeshore would be a beautiful testament to Minnesota's quality of life for global television viewers. The Tournament of Roses Parade. What with the great improvement in the quality of wax, silk and plastic flowers, Americans deserve the chance to awaken on New Year's Day to the magnificent sight of faux, flowered floats, gliding gracefully down Nicollet Mall, interspersed with … [Read more...] about The Kentucky Derby in Minnesota? Mardi Gras? Why not?
By Art Wilson | | February 1, 2018 at 3:49 pm This weekend’s three Kentucky Derby prep races will not tell us who is going to win this year’s Run for the Roses on May 5, but rest assured they will assist handicappers in adding and/or eliminating 3-year-olds from their Horses to Watch lists. Locally, nine colts with Derby aspirations are scheduled to run Saturday in the $150,000 Grade III Robert B. Lewis Stakes at Santa Anita. None of the top local Derby contenders — Bolt d’Oro, McKinzie or Solomini — are entered, but Shivermetimbers and Peace, two promising colts that will run, are worth keeping an eye on. Meanwhile, a pair of big 3-year-old races on the East Coast are on tap Saturday — the $350,000 Grade II Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream Park and the $250,000 Grade III Withers Stakes at Aqueduct. The Holy Bull, led by Enticed and Tiz Mischief, drew a large field of 11 opposed to a short six-horse field for the Withers. All three … [Read more...] about 3 prep races Saturday have Kentucky Derby implications
The annual Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic, which featured recruits from college basketball programs nationwide, has been canceled for 2018 due to low attendance and financial struggles. Festival officials announced the decision Thursday and said the basketball game could return to the festival schedule in the future. The Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic began in 1973 and bills itself as the oldest high-school all-star game in the country. The event also featured the Night of Future Stars, where fans could see the athletes compete in dunk and 3-point-shooting contests.But attendance at the game has dropped and in recent years barely eclipsed 5,000, according to a news release. “The Basketball Classic is a Derby Festival tradition and it’s hard to remember a time when it wasn’t part of our spring calendar,” Mike Berry, Kentucky Derby Festival President & CEO, said in the release. “This was not a decision we made lightly. … [Read more...] about No hoops for you: Kentucky Derby Festival cancels high school basketball all-star game
Two sports media heavyweights were in agreement when asked what was the most difficult sports event to produce on live television.It's the Kentucky Derby.Fred Gaudelli, the executive producer of NBC's Sunday Night Football, and Drew Esocoff, the director of Sunday Night Football, were featured in recent days on the SI Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch. While previewing the broadcast of this week's Super Bowl, each was also asked which was the hardest sports production."I would say the Kentucky Derby," Gaudelli replied. "You're on the air for four hours for a two-minute race. These are horses. They can't talk to you. So you have no idea what they're going to do, how they're feeling, if they're actually going to make it to the gate. Churchill Downs is a large, large facility. You have people spread out over miles, and there is so much unpredictability in horse racing."Obviously, you're there for that great race, that two-minute race at the end. But you're covering other races, and … [Read more...] about Morning Coffee: The toughest sporting event for TV executives to capture? The Kentucky Derby
With a loud printing press whirling behind them, the Barnhart sisters bend over a large white desk inspecting one of 2018's first Kentucky Derby Festival posters. Pointing to the left corner of a Pegasus her sister painted for this year's poster, Doreen Barnhart DeHart raises her voice to be heard above the racket of the machine. "We need to add more magenta to bring out this part of the face," she instructed. Barnhart DeHart is 37 minutes older than her sister Jeaneen Barnhart. She jokes that it makes her the boss in the family — which may actually be true. The artistic twins have previously collaborated on four Kentucky Derby Festival Posters — including 1994, 1997, 2009, 2014 — and are now putting the 2018 feather in their fascinator. Background: Meet the duo creating the 2018 Kentucky Derby Festival poster Both sisters bring their individual strengths to the annual … [Read more...] about This poster beautifully represents the Kentucky Derby Festival. See it here