KENTUCKY DERBY | Making Churchill Downs Look Nice

05/04/2017 01:30 PM

Trainers spend a lot of times preparing their horses for the Kentucky Derby.

But, they are not the only ones who spend a lot of time preparing for the big race.

“Our busiest time is the four weeks before Opening,” said Churchill Downs director of horticulture Matt Bizzell.

Bizzell is responsible for making sure the grounds at Churchill Down look nice. He and his team grow thousands of plants and flowers to place around the famous facility.

“We maintain the greenhouse, all of the landscaping around the property,” said Bizzell.

Andrew Chernoff

Andrew is a sports anchor and sports managing editor for Spectrum News. He covers sports all across the state of Kentucky for Sports Night, which airs weeknights at 6:30 and 10:30 on Spectrum News. Andrew was a sports anchor and reporter at KFDM/KBTV in Beaumont, Texas for four years before making the move back home to the Midwest. He is originally from Carmel, Indiana and majored in broadcast journalism and political science at Syracuse University.

When he’s not on the air or in the field covering sports, you can likely find Andrew playing golf, watching IndyCar and Formula 1 races, or exploring the state of Kentucky. His favorite sport is open-wheel racing. In fact, he has not missed an Indianapolis 500 since the early 2000s.

Whether he is working sporting events or not, he always loves talking sports. He is a prolific tweeter, so if you want to stay “in the know” about sports in the Bluegrass, follow Andrew on Twitter @ADChernoff. If you have a story idea for our sports team, send it to Andrew at


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