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KET Derby Programming Is an Impressive Field

Are you on the bit for this year’s Derby? In anticipation for the first Saturday in May (that’s Derby Day for all of you visiting non-Kentuckians), relive some of KET’s favorite horse-related programming leading up to the “most exciting two minutes in sports.”

Kentucky Life

from May 2, 2015

In the years following the Civil War, African-American jockeys won 15 of the first 28 runnings of the Kentucky Derby. “Kentucky Life” remembers some of these renowned athletes. Also featured are stories on track ponies, the unsung heroes of the racetrack; the Kern’s Kitchen  official Derby Pie; and women’s eye-catching hats.

Louisville Life

from April 30, 2011

For more than 30 years in Louisville’s south end, Swag Hartel has been fitting feet from all walks of life at Louisville’s largest specialty running and athletic shoe store. Stroll down memory lane with a look at a key figure in Derby’s past – Samuel Culbertson and his former Kentucky home. Former jockey and Derby commentator Donna Barton Brothers shares her memories. Meet Clare Jett, owner of Jett Stream Productions, an official licensee of Kentucky Derby artwork.

Kentucky Life

from May 4, 2014

Featured are the career of Kentuckian Roscoe Goose, who rode Donerail to victory in the 1913 Kentucky Derby; a look at Churchill Downs, which officially opened on May 17, 1875; the mint julep, the quintessential southern cocktail; and Zenyatta, the first filly ever to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic.


from May 5, 2011

“Thoroughbred” follows a year in the life of this storied horse, showcasing the beauty of the breed, revealing the people whose lives revolve around the racing industry, and exploring the history and traditions of the Thoroughbred world. A KET production.