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BC-Kentucky Sports Digest

May 1, 2019

Here’s a look at how AP’s sports coverage is shaping up in Kentucky. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Louisville bureau at (502) 583-7718 or aplouisville(at)ap.org. Beth Campbell is on the desk. News editor Scott Stroud can be reached at sstroud@ap.org. A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. All times are Eastern.

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Thoroughbred Racing:

KENTUCKY DERBY-BAFFERT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. _ The pain of seeing Cavonnier get beat by a nose in his first Kentucky Derby nearly kept Bob Baffert from returning to Churchill Downs. He figured he would never again have a horse good enough to win on the first Saturday in May. By Racing Writer Beth Harris. SENT: 680 words, photos.

HORSE RACING-BETTING FOR DUMMIES

LOUISVILLE, Ky. _ Betting on horse racing is as close as a cellphone, computer or smart TV. There’s also simulcasting as well as the old-fashioned experience of placing a bet at the track. A simple guide to making a wager. By Gary B. Graves. UPCOMING: 740 words by 3 p.m., photos.

NASCAR-EARTHARDT-KENTUCKY DERBY

CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ Dale Earnhardt Jr. will work his first Kentucky Derby on Saturday as part of his expanding role with NBC Sports. The retired NASCAR superstar is also slated to cover his first Indianapolis 500 later this month. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. SENT: 470 words, photos.

SPORTS BETTING RESPONSE

UNDATED _ After holding a monopoly on gambling in most of the U.S. for so long, horse racing is now grappling with the challenge of legalized sports betting. Moving to a fixed odds system and making horse’s past performances free to the public are two of the ways the industry could respond and adapt to the changing betting landscape that threatens to further cut into the sport’s popularity. By Stephen Whyno. SENT: 1130 words, photos.

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