A copy of an invitation to a Derby-day event at Churchill Downs held by “MAGA, Again!”, a Trump-aligned super PAC, was tweeted out by New York Times writer Maggie Haberman on Thursday.
Numerous Kentucky GOP individuals with knowledge of the fundraiser event confirmed its existence.
According to the invitation, the PAC, together with the board of directors chair Pam Bondi, national finance chair Kimberly Guilfoyle, Richard Grenell, and Matt Whitaker, “welcome you to the Kentucky Derby with special guest President Donald J. Trump…”
The PAC’s entire legal name is “Make America Great Again, Again! Inc.”, and the fee to attend is $75,000 per person and $150,000 per couple, according to the invitation.
Churchill Downs, through a representative, denied confirming that this event is taking place on their grounds.
“Every year, many high-profile individuals, including significant political personalities, choose to attend the Kentucky Derby,” Darren Rogers, Churchill Downs’ senior director of communications, told The Courier Journal Thursday evening. “We do not discuss or confirm the presence of specific visitors or those hosting private gatherings that are not organized by Churchill Downs.”
“Churchill Downs does not organize any private or political fundraisers during the Derby,” Rogers told The Courier Journal when asked if private and/or political fundraisers are allowed at Churchill Downs during the Derby.
This will not be Trump’s first appearance at the most electrifying minutes in sports. He also attended the 1999 Derby with Melania Trump, who later became Melania Knauss.
Despite the fact that the ex-president will be in Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s home state and hometown, it’s reasonable to assume the lifelong senator will not attend the super PAC’s event.
Trump has publicly chastised McConnell several times after losing the 2020 election to Vice President Joe Biden.
Since voting to acquit Trump of encouraging an insurgency at the United States Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, McConnell has remained mainly silent on Trump. (On the day of Trump’s acquittal, the Kentuckian did declare Trump was “practically and ethically culpable” for the events on Jan. 6.)
Book Tickets for the Kentucky Derby event at Churchill Downs hosted by MAGA Again
On the event’s official website, you may purchase regular tickets. You may not be able to go with Trump due to the cost, but you will be able to purchase ordinary tickets.
Watch the Kentucky Derby event at Churchill Downs hosted by MAGA Again Livestream
For those who cannot attend the event, you can watch the entire event streamed live right here on World Wire.
About the Kentucky Derby Event
The Kentucky Derby is an annual horse race held in Louisville, Kentucky, United States, nearly usually on the first Saturday in May, and culminating in the two-week-long Kentucky Derby Festival. The event is a Grade I stakes race for three-year-old Thoroughbreds run at Churchill Downs over a distance of one and a quarter miles (2.0 km). Fillies carry 121 pounds, while colts and geldings carry 126 pounds.
It’s known as “The Run for the Roses” because the winner gets clothed in a blanket of roses. Because of its approximate time, it is also known in the United States as “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports” or “The Fastest Two Minutes in Sports.” The Preakness Stakes is the first leg of the American Triple Crown, followed by the Belmont Stakes.
The Kentucky Derby is the only one of the three Triple Crown events that have been run continuously since its inception in 1875. Due to the COVID-19 epidemic, the event was delayed to September 2020. The Preakness and Belmont Stakes events were both on hiatus from 1891 to 1893 and 1911 to 1912. The Derby, Preakness, and Belmont were held during the Great Depression and both World Wars, despite the Olympics and major professional sports leagues being suspended at the time.
To win the Triple Crown, a horse must win all three races. The Kentucky Derby was tied with the Whitney Handicap as the highest Grade 1 race in the United States outside of the Breeders’ Cup events in 2015, according to the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA).
The Kentucky Derby has the highest attendance in North America, generally outnumbering all other major races such as the Preakness Stakes, Belmont Stakes, and Breeders’ Cup.
Col. Meriwether Lewis Clark Jr., the grandson of Lewis and Clark expedition member William Clark, came to England in 1872, stopping at Epsom, Surrey, where the Derby had been held annually since 1780.  Clark then travelled to Paris, France, where the French Jockey Club was founded in 1863 by a group of racing aficionados.
They had put on the Grand Prix de Paris at Longchamp, which was the most important event in France at the time. When Clark returned to Kentucky, he founded the Louisville Jockey Club to gather funds for the construction of high-quality racing facilities just outside the city. The racecourse was immediately dubbed Churchill Downs, after the Churchill brothers, who donated the property for the racetrack. In 1937, the naming became official.
Millions of individuals wager at numerous live racetracks and online sportsbooks across the world. Always Dreaming won the Derby in 2017, drawing 158,070 spectators, the seventh-largest crowd in the racetrack’s history. On all of the races on the Kentucky Derby Day schedule, the track reported a total wagering total of $209.2 million from all sources. It was a 9% rise over the total of $192.6 million in 2016 and an 8% increase over the previous record of $194.3 million established in 2015.
The Churchill Down races brought $32.8 million in handling for the Kentucky Derby Day programme, according to TwinSpires, an online betting platform and Breeders’ Cup partner. This was a 22% rise over the previous year’s total. The handle of TwinSpires in the Kentucky Derby alone was $20.1 million, a 22 per cent increase over the previous year.
Celebrities frequently attend the event. In 2007, on a visit to the United States, HM Queen Elizabeth II joined the racegoers at Churchill Downs. Trump also is visiting in 2022, of course.
Now, let’s see other instances of Trump going to sports events.
Sports and Trump
There have been many instances of Trump making it to numerous sports events and other events alike. Here are some of those moments.
On the field before the College Football Playoff national championship game between the Clemson Tigers and the LSU Tigers at Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on Jan. 13, 2020, US President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump.
This is Donald Trump throwing the first pitch at a New York Yankees spring training contest, in 2004.
More about MAGA Again
“Make America Great Again,” or MAGA, is a campaign slogan popularized by Donald Trump during his successful 2016 presidential campaign in the United States. In his victorious 1980 presidential campaign, Ronald Reagan utilised the phrase “Let’s Make America Great Again.” Bill Clinton used the term in speeches during his successful 1992 presidential campaign, and it was subsequently used in radio advertising for his wife Hillary Clinton’s failed 2008 presidential primary campaign. According to Douglas Schoen, who cites majorities of Americans who feel the country is in decline, Trump’s use of the term is “perhaps the most evocative campaign slogan in modern history.”
The slogan became a pop-cultural phenomenon, with many variations appearing in the arts, entertainment, and politics, and being used by both supporters and opponents of Donald Trump’s presidency.
The slogan has been seen as a loaded term since its popularization in the 2010s. It has been linked to racism in the United States by a number of analytic journalists, researchers, and pundits, who see it as dog-whistle politics and coded language. The slogan was also at the core of two occurrences, the Jussie Smollett hate crime hoax and the January 2019 Lincoln Memorial altercation, both of which were first reported incorrectly by most media sources.
Ronald Reagan’s 1980 presidential campaign slogan was “Let’s Make America Great Again.” At the time, the United States’ economy was deteriorating due to stagflation, and Reagan used the slogan to evoke patriotism among the people, utilizing the country’s economic misfortune as a springboard for his campaign. Reagan declared during his victory address at the 1980 Republican National Convention, “We’ll provide new chances for people without jobs, particularly in the inner cities where they dwell. We will give hope to people who have lost hope and welcome them into a tremendous national effort to make America great again.”