- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 13, 2018

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Churchill Downs is auctioning 19 spots for people to race on its iconic thoroughbred track.

The racetrack says in a statement that the Nov. 21 race called Heart Race at the Track is being held to raise money and awareness for the American Heart Association in Louisville. The runners will start out at Churchill Downs‘ starting gate and run the Kentucky Derby’s 1 ¼-mile distance to the finish line. The winner will receive two tickets to the 2019 Kentucky Derby.

Bidding for spots is open and the highest bidders will be announced on Monday, Nov. 19.

Churchill Downs‘ Vice President of Partnerships Kristin Warfield helped organize the Heart Race at the Track and will fill the 20th spot in the race but is not eligible for the winning prize.

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