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Churchill Downs Presents 'Downs After Dark: College Rivalry Night' Saturday, Sept. 7th

Kentucky area college students will be the benefactors of Churchill Downs’ first Downs After Dark nighttime racing and entertainment event during the track’s inaugural September Meet.
 
Fans are encouraged to express their passion and dress in support of their favorite school on Saturday, Sept. 7 as Churchill Downs is transformed into Louisville’s ultimate nighttime hot spot for “Downs After Dark: College Rivalry Night” Presented by Finlandia Vodka.
 
That night, Churchill Downs will award $10,000 in scholarships. Each fan that passes through admission gates will be asked which collegiate team they support. At night’s end, the school with the most votes will be awarded $5,000 in scholarships. Additionally, the runner-up will receive $3,000 in grants, while the third-place finisher will get $2,000.
 
College Rivalry Night comes a week in advance of the 26th Governor’s Cup showcasing the University of Louisville and University of Kentucky football programs, so it’s certain to be the unofficial kickoff of a week filled with trash talk between the bitter in-state rivals. 
 
Churchill Downs After Dark
 
Churchill Downs’ celebration under the lights is sure to have the atmosphere of a tailgate party in its spacious 30,000- square-foot Plaza, complete with live music, unique food and drink offerings, corn hole games, a football toss, cheerleaders and more.
 
. . . College Rivalry Night is the centerpiece of opening week activities for Churchill Downs’ inaugural September Meet. The track’s historic boutique meet – the first of its kind in 139 years – will be conducted over 12 dates every Friday, Saturday and Sunday between Sept. 6-29. A second Downs After Dark event will be staged on Saturday, Sept. 28.