Kosair Charities and the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame are proud to announce that Mike Battaglia is among a class of eight that will be inducted as the Class of 2017 into the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame. The Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame recognizes athletes and sports figures who were born in, or played their respective sport, in the state of Kentucky. Each inductee is recognized with a bronze plaque.
One of the faces of thoroughbred racing in the Commonwealth since he began calling races in 1972. Battaglia called races at Turfway Park, Keeneland and Churchill Downs where he called 19 Kentucky Derbies, from Affirmed (1978) to Grindstone (1996). He also worked for NBC on Triple Crown and Breeders' Cup coverage from 1993 until 2014. He's been the morning-line maker for Churchill Downs, Turfway Park and Keeneland, where he is also the on-air handicapper, since 1974. He remains the associated Vice-President at Turfway.
Past inductees into the Hall of Fame include Muhammad Ali, Pee Wee Reese, Adolph Rupp, Paul Hornung, Pat Day, Denny Crum, Joe B. Hall, Secretariat, Mary T. Meagher, Johnny Unitas and others.
The KAHF induction will take place on June 1 at 6:00pm at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Louisville. Tickets are $100 per person, or $800 for a table of eight. For information go to www.kosair.org
Tickets will go on sale in April.
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