After racing fans reacted with disgust to the news that freelance television analyst Caton Bredar had been denied a media credential to the Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs management has reversed its decision.
Bredar, who works as an independent contractor for Twinspires competitor TVG, said she received a call over the weekend from Kevin Flanery, Churchill Downs Racetrack president and Churchill Downs Incorporated senior vice president.
“I really feel it was a very positive conversation,” said Bredar. “They want to look ahead and put this behind them, and I'm happy we can do that.
“I was very happy because that's what I wanted — to be able to work.”
Bredar has worked as an analyst for Louisville's WAVE 3 News during Derby week for the past 18 years. The television station, which expressed regret at the news earlier this week that she would not be credentialed, had already hired another analyst and Bredar said the station will now use both of them. Bredar begins her coverage at the post position draw on Tuesday, which will be broadcast live on WAVE 3 and streamed on the station's website, and will be covering Oaks and Derby Day.
Although it was a worrying ordeal, Bredar said she has come away feeling very appreciated.
“I am so grateful to so many people, a lot of whom I don't even know,” she said. “I knew I had enjoyed a favorable impression in the industry but I had no idea that so many people would step up. It's heartening to see how many people care and appreciate the coverage. It made a huge difference to me and I think that's what made people react.”
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