Churchill Downs recognized only its closest neighbor ahead of Saturday’s Governor’s Cup football game.As the sun set Friday on the Twin Spires, the lit up, glowing only red in favor of the University of Louisville, set to host rival Kentucky at noon Saturday.The idea was, as a Churchill Downs news release noted, “amazingly” that of racetrack president Kevin Flanery, a Bellarmine graduate with a UK law degree.“Hey, it’s a home game,” Flanery said in the release. “The Big Blue Nation might try to kick me out of the alumni association but U of L has always been a great neighbor to Churchill Downs. But the love only goes so far; I’ll be sporting my Wildcat blue at the track on game day!”The Track has, in the past, lit one of the Twin Spires red and the other blue on such occasions.By the way, Churchill Downs’ “Stars of Tomorrow II” card will go off with the track’s regular 12:40 p.m. post time. The football game will be broadcast on the plaza video board, select monitors around Churchill as well as the track’s Big Board between races.Additionally, those coming from Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium after the game will receive free admission with a U of L-UK ticket stub.Those hoping to avoid game day traffic and just soak in a race program that has included past greats such as Super Saver, Shackleford, Rachel Alexandra and Will Take Charge are encouraged to enter the track from the Watterson Expressway and Taylor Boulevard.
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