Datebook: May 3 - Kentucky Derby First Nationally Televised 60 Years Ago

May 3, 2012

We're all busy planning our Cinco De Mayo / Kentucky Derby parties this weekend, and you'll probably be watching the Derby on television... Today marks the 60th anniversary of the first nationally televised Kentucky Derby, which was broadcast on WHAS, the then-CBS affiliate out of Louisville. That year, Hill Gail took the prize at 2:01.60. He was raced by the renowned Calumet Farm of Lexington. An injury kept him from racing Preakness and Belmont Stakes. This year, the show will be broadcast on NBC at 6:23 p.m. EST. Get your mint juleps ready, odds are on Bodemeister, but stranger things have happened.

It’s Thursday, May 3

Students are invited to free screenings of the documentary “Bully” this Saturday and Sunday.  The Purchase Area Community Collaboration for Children has sponsored all seats at Maiden Alley Cinema for the 4:30 showings.  Seats will remain available on a first come, first serve basis, and all are welcome.

The fifth annual Derby Arts Festival is Saturday at the Bradford Square Mall in Hopkinsville.  Kids can decorate a derby hat, draw a horse, make a book, and create other art projects.  The free event lasts from 10 to 2 and features live music from the Belmont Elementary School Choir and entertainment by the Fourth Dimension Dance Group. 

The Marshall County Humane Society holds an adoption day and microchip clinic Saturday at the Benton Walmart.  The Homeagain chip is available for an $18 donation, and engraved pet ID tags are $3.  For more information, call 270-354-8738.

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