Jill Byrne: At home under the twin spires

Photo courtesy of Jill Byrne

Photo courtesy of Jill Byrne

She’s as closely associated with Churchill Downs as the twin spires, but though she’s been a proud resident of the bluegrass for decades, Jill Byrne is a product of Virginia, her childhood spent at one of the Mid-Atlantic’s premier racing facilities, the pedigree of which might even challenge that of the historic track in Louisville where she now spends most of her time.

The long-time face of Churchill Downs simulcast race analysis, Byrne moved several years ago from her position in front of the camera to one behind it, overseeing a staff of 25 that this week swells to double that, producing everything from live and archived video of morning workouts to simulcasting shows to programming for the Big Board that towers over the Churchill infield.

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