For First Time, Derby Fans Can Support Their Derby Pick With Officially Licensed Merchandise
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Tuesday, May 1, 2018) –Churchill Downs today announced the Kentucky Derby Contenders Collection, a new line of officially licensed merchandise that showcases a majority of the contenders running in the 144th Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve. Fans will be able to purchase the merchandise on site at Churchill Downs during Derby week and at www.kentuckyderby.com/store
starting on April 30.
The Kentucky Derby Contenders Collection features the names and silks of 13 of the 20 Kentucky Derby contenders, including eight of the top 10 horses, and the 144th Kentucky Derby logo on a variety of merchandise. The merchandise includes t-shirts, hats, buttons, pins and koozies.
This is the first time ever that officially licensed merchandise for current Kentucky Derby contenders has been available for fans to purchase prior to the race. In the past, contender merchandise was limited to a post position t-shirt with the contender’s name and gate number.
“We’re excited to offer this great new merchandise,” said Kristin Warfield, Vice President of Partnerships for Churchill Downs Racetrack. “We know Derby fans will enjoy being able to connect with their favorite horses with everything from T-shirts to koozies.”
Contenders participating include Magnum Moon, Good Magic, Audible, Noble Indy, Vino Rosso, Bolt d’Oro, Mendelssohn, Justify, My Boy Jack, Promises Fulfilled, Free Drop Billy, Hofburg, Combatant.
Churchill Downs, the world’s most legendary racetrack, has conducted Thoroughbred racing and presented America’s greatest race, the Kentucky Derby, continuously since 1875. Located in Louisville, the flagship racetrack of Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ: CHDN) offers year-round simulcast wagering at the historic track. Churchill Downs will conduct the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve on May 5, 2018. The track’s 2018 Spring Meet is scheduled for April 28-June 30. An eight-time host to the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Churchill Downs will again be the site of that event on Nov. 2-3, 2018. www.ChurchillDowns.com.