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Louisville (Listeni/ˈlvɪl/, local Listeni/ˈl.əvəl/ or Listeni/ˈlʌvəl/) is the largest city in the U.S. state of Kentucky, and the county seat of Jefferson County. Since 2003, the city's borders have been coterminous with those of the county because of a city-county merger. The city's population at the 2010 census was 741,096. An important internal shipping port in the 19th century, Louisville today is best known as the location of the Kentucky Derby, the first of three annual thoroughbred horse races making up the Triple Crown.

Louisville is situated on the Ohio River in north-central Kentucky at the Falls of the Ohio. Because it includes counties in Southern Indiana, the Louisville metropolitan area is often referred to as Kentuckiana. The river forms the border between Kentucky and Indiana. A resident of Louisville is referred to as a Louisvillian. Although situated in a Southern state, Louisville is influenced by both Southern and Midwestern culture. It is sometimes referred to as either the northernmost Southern city or the southernmost Northern city in the United States.

The settlement that became the city of Louisville was founded in 1778 by George Rogers Clark and is named after King Louis XVI of France.

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The Kentucky Derby is a Grade I stakes race for three-year-old thoroughbred horses, held annually in Louisville, Kentucky, on the first Saturday in May, capping the two-week-long Kentucky Derby Festival. The race is one and a quarter miles (2 km) at Churchill Downs. Colts and geldings carry 126 pounds (57.2 kg) and fillies 121 pounds (54.9 kg). The race is known in the United States as "The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports" for its approximate duration, and is also called "The Run for the Roses" for the blanket of roses draped over the winner.

It is the first leg of the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing in the US and typically draws around 155,000 fans. It is the oldest organized sporting event of any kind in the South, and the second oldest in the entire nation (only the Travers Stakes at Saratoga is older).

The fastest time ever run in the Derby (at its present distance) was set in 1973 at 1 minute 59 2/5 seconds when Secretariat broke the record set by Northern Dancer in 1964. Not only has Secretariat's record time stood for 34 years and counting, but in the race itself, he did something unique in Triple Crown races: each successive quarter, his times were faster.

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The Great Steamboat Race is usually between the Belle of Louisville and the Delta Queen.

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Beck's Mill is a historic gristmill in Washington County, Indiana in the United States. It is seven miles southwest of Salem. It was built in 1864, one year after John Hunt Morgan asked for ransom for every Washington County mill to be spared from burning. The mill was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990. It was on the list of the Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana's 10 Most Endangered historic places in 2005 and 2006, but was removed from the list after funds were allocated for its renovation.

Friends of Beck's Mill, a nonprofit organization, bought the property, totaling fourteen acres, and are hoping the mill can be saved, and maybe even become operational as the centerpiece of a local park. In June 2006, the president of the Friends, Larry Nelson, won a $1,000 door prize from the Washington County Community Foundation, an annual giveaway for use of community projects, and chose to use the $1,000 to start an acorn fund for the mill, creating a permanent endowment to repair the mill.

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Caesars Indiana, formerly the RDI/Caesars Riverboat Casino, LLC, is a riverboat casino operated by Harrah's Entertainment. Opened in 1998, it is located outside the community of Elizabeth, Indiana, across the Ohio River from Louisville, Kentucky. The complex is located at the Harrison County line. This is the closest location to Louisville and other cities as is legally possible as casino gambling is not legal in neighboring Floyd County.

The complex includes the four-deck Glory of Rome riverboat, which houses the gaming area; it is the largest riverboat in the United States, and the largest riverboat casino in the world. Other amenities include a hotel, a pavilion with four restaurants and a showroom, two parking decks, and a golf course.

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Rick Pitino (born September 18, 1952) is the head basketball coach at the University of Louisville. He has also served as head coach at Providence College and the University of Kentucky, leading that program to the NCAA championship in 1996. Pitino holds the distinction of being the only men's coach in NCAA history to lead three different schools (Providence, Kentucky, and Louisville) to the Final Four. He has coached on the professional level for the New York Knicks and Boston Celtics with mixed success. He has earned respect as both a coach and motivator.

Pitino is considered by many to be one of the first coaches to promote fully taking advantage of the 3-point shot, first adopted by the NCAA in 1987. By exploiting the 3-point shot, his teams at Kentucky in the early 1990s were known as Pitino's Bombinos, as a significant portion of the offensive points came from the 3-point shot. Even now, Pitino's teams are known for the 3-point threat and all of his teams rank towards the top in 3-point attempts per season.

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  • “It all keeps me busy, I love Louisville. I'll always be in Louisville.”Paul Hornung
  • “It's important to support this because of what happened right here. It's like living in Louisville and someone never having been to the Derby. I don't think a lot of people realize what goes on here.”Mark Wells
  • “As the state's biggest city, Louisville sets the precedent.” – Mike Kuntz

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