LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Down the Stretch with Sherlene Shanklin:  It’s the countdown to Derby 145 held on the first Saturday in May.  There will be plenty of events to attend but the question everyone seems to ask me “What celebrity will travel to Louisville to be apart of the celebration?”  So, I create a list along with their confirmed event.  If you’re having a Kentucky Derby event and you have a special guest attending, please send it to me so I can announce. 

Here's some of the celebrities heading to the Bluegrass State in order in which I received them.   

Usher Raymond-  Trifecta Gala (performing)

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Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds-  Urban League Gala (performing)

Tank-  Darrell Griffith Foundation “Experience” (performing)  

After 7-  Annual Derby Gala 100 Black Men of Louisville (performing)

Angel McCoughtry- WNBA Atlanta Dream-Skills Camp (youth) & Sneaker Ball 

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Asia Durr- WNBA New York Liberty-Skills Camp (youth)

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Louisville guard Asia Durr raises her arms in celebration following Louisville's 78-69 victory over Connecticut in an NCAA college basketball game in Louisville, Ky., Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
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Darryl DMC McDaniels- Black Butterfly Speaker Series at Chestnut St YMCA 

Joe Torry- Annual Derby Gala 100 Black Men of Louisville 

Percy "Master P" Miller - Barnstable Brown Gala 

Romeo Miller- Barnstable Brown Gala 

Sheryl Rouse- 2nd Annual Oaks Day Brunch (performing) 

Jason Clayborn- 2nd Annual Oaks Day Brunch (performing)

Jon-John- 2nd Annual Oaks Day Brunch (performing) 

Cameo- KDF Fest-A-Ville (performing)

Kym Hampton-Sneaker Ball 

Kid Capri- Darrell Griffith Foundation "Experience" (performing)

Junior Bridgeman- Trifecta Gala (host) 

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Amerie- Trifecta Gala 

Bozoma St John- Trifecta Gala

Bryson Tiller- Trifecta Gala 

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Cynthia Bailey- Trifecta Gala 

Damaris Phillips- Trifecta Gala 

Edric Bam Adebayo- Trifecta Gala 

Elijah Wilkinson- Trifecta Gala 

Fred McGruff- Trifecta Gala 

Frostee Rucker- Trifecta Gala 

Chef Gerron Hurt, Trifecta Gala, KDF Parade and Celebrity Day  

Kevin Knox, Trifecta Gala 

Michelle Williams- Trifecta Gala 

Mike Hill- Trifecta Gala 

Nene Leakes- Trifecta Gala 

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Phaedra Parks- Trifecta Gala, Parade and Celebrity Day  

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Preston Brown- Trifecta Gala 

Ray J.- Trifecta Gala 

Shelvon Mack- Trifecta Gala 

Star Jones- Trifecta Gala 

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Steve Harvey- Trifecta Gala 

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Stephen A. Smith- Trifecta Gala 

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ESPN's Stephen A. Smith (Michelle Homer photos)

Deion Branch, Trifecta Gala 

Former Cardinal Deion Branch teaches kids the techniques of football

Natalie Zea- Trifecta Gala, KDF Parade and Celebrity Day 

Travis Schudlt- Trifecta Gala, KDF Parade and Celebrity Day  

Vivica A. Fox- Trifecta Gala 

Xavier Rhodes- Trifecta Gala 

Zapp Band- Trifecta Gala 

Monte Durham, Trifecta Gala, KDF Parade and Celebrity Day 

Robert Williamson III, Vegas in The Ville, KDF Great Steamboat Race, Celebrity Day and Unbridled Eve Gala 

JD Shelburne, Unbridled Eve Gala, KDF Great Steamboat Race and Celebrity Day 

How's JD Shelburne going to top his Derby red carpet proposal?

Miss Kentucky 2018 Katie Bouchard, KDF Great Steamboat Race and Celebrity Race 

Jamon Brown, KDF Parade and Celebrity Day 

Members of Louisville FC-KDF Parade 

Jecorey "1200" Arthur- KDF Parade (performing) 

Chef Darnell "Superchef" Ferguson- Unbridled Eve, KDF Parade and Celebrity Day 

Chef Dallas McGarity, KDF Parade and Celebrity Day 

Chef Josh Moore- KDF Celebrity Day 

Maestro J- Annual Derby Gala 100 Black Men of Louisville (performing) 

Denny Crum- Vegas in The Ville (host) 

Jerry Mathers- Unbridled Eve Gala 

Brandon Jenner-Unbridled Eve Gala (performing)

DJ 2nd Nature-Unbridled Eve Gala (performing)

John Driskell "Hop" Hopkins- Unbridled Eve Gala (performing)

John Elefante- Unbridled Eve Gala (performing)

Linkin' Bridge-Unbridled Eve Gala (performing)

Mark McGrath-Unbridled Eve Gala (performing)

Mike Mills-Unbridled Eve Gala (performing)

Skip Martin-Unbridled Eve Gala (performing)

D.B. Woodside-Unbridled Eve Gala 

Paul Sorvino- Unbridled Eve Gala 

The411: Babyface will be at Derby gala and more events around Louisville

Nick Vallalonga- Unbridled Eve Gala 

Bob Guiney- Unbridled Eve Gala 

Nora Roberts- Unbridled Eve Gala 

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LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 02: Author Nora Roberts attends the 2014 Unbridled Eve Derby Gala during the 140th Kentucky Derby at Galt House Hotel & Suites on May 2, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for York Sisters, LLC)
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Linda Thompson- Unbridled Eve Gala 

Bruce Wilder- Unbridled Eve Gala 

Patrick Warburton- Unbridled Eve Gala 

Jack Harlow- Unbridled Eve Gala 

Rob Angel- Unbridled Eve Gala 

Conrad Bachmann- Unbridled Eve Gala 

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LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 04: Conrad Bachmann (R) and guest attend the 139th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 4, 2013 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
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Austin Ramsey- Unbridled Eve Gala 

Ameara Wahhab-Unbridled Eve Gala 

Brandi Alexander-Unbridled Eve Gala 

Layla Spring- Unbridled Eve Gala 

Brandy Neelly-Unbridled Eve Gala 

Mike Smith- Jockey of Triple Crown aboard Justify 2018, Unbridled Eve Gala 

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Jean Cruguet-Jockey of Triple Crown aboard Seattle Slew 1977, Unbridled Eve Gala 

Ramon Dominguez- Unbridled Eve Gala 

Sandy Hawley- Unbridled Eve Gala 

Tyler Gaffalione- Unbridled Eve Gala 

Gabe Saez- Unbridled Eve Gala 

Jon Court-Unbridled Eve Gala 

Ricardo Santana- Unbridled Eve Gala 

Sophie Doyle- Unbridled Eve Gala 

Luke Hancock-Unbridled Eve Gala 

Warren Moon- Unbridled Eve Gala 

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LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 02: Warren Moon attends the 2014 Unbridled Eve Derby Gala during the 140th Kentucky Derby at Galt House Hotel & Suites on May 2, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for York Sisters, LLC)
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Mario Urrutia-Unbridled Eve Gala 

John Miller- Unbridled Eve Gala 

Bonnie-Jill Lafflin- Unbridled Eve Gala 

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LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 03: Bonnie-Jill Laflin attends the Unbridled Eve Gala for the 139th Kentucky Derby at The Galt House Hotel & Suites' Grand Ballroom on May 3, 2013 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for York Sisters, LLC)
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PJ Fleck-Unbridled Eve Gala 

Joe Johnson-Unbridled Eve Gala 

Sam Boyd-Unbridled Eve Gala 

Jennifer Hoffman- Unbridled Eve Gala 

Terry Meiners-Unbridled Eve Gala 

Dawne Gee-Unbridled Eve Gala 

Jennifer Nettles-Churchill Downs (performing National Anthem on Derby Day)

Chris Lane- KDF Fest-A-Ville

Building 429-KDF Fest-A-Ville

Kongos- KDF Fest-A-Ville

The Struts- KDF Fest-A-Ville

My Posse in Effect- KDF Fest-A-Ville

Martina McBride-Fillies and Lilies Party (performing) 

Rajon Rondo- Trifecta Gala 

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Tom Brady- Barnstable Brown Gala

Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland- Barnstable Brown Gala

Trey Songz- Barnstable Brown Gala

Aaron Rodgers- Barnstable Brown Gala

Backstreet Boys-- Barnstable Brown Gala

Dennis Quaid- Barnstable Brown Gala

Boyz II Men- Barnstable Brown Gala

Master P- Barnstable Brown Gala

Romeo Miller- Barnstable Brown Gala

Johnny Gill-- Barnstable Brown Gala

Joe Don Rooney of Rascal Flatts-- Barnstable Brown Gala

Richie Sambora of Bon Jovi-- Barnstable Brown Gala

Travis Tritt- Barnstable Brown Gala

Wilmer Valderrama-- Barnstable Brown Gala

Bode and Morgan Miller- Barnstable Brown Gala

John Grisham- Barnstable Brown Gala

David Alan Grier-- Barnstable Brown Gala

Stephen Amell- Barnstable Brown Gala

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Mario Lopez- Esquire Derby 

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Tyler Childers-Ashbourne Farms Derby Social 

Sara Evans-A Celebration of Second Chances 

Pat Green- A Celebration of Second Chances 

John Carter Cash- A Celebration of Second Chances 

Lee Brice-Barnstable Brown Gala  

Tanya Tucker-Barnstable Brown Gala

Taylor Dayne-Barnstable Brown Gala

Eddie Montgomery of Montgomery Gentry-Barnstable Brown Gala

Joey Fatone-Barnstable Brown Gala

Jordan Smith-Barnstable Brown Gala

Clay Walker-Barnstable Brown Gala

Von Miller-Barnstable Brown Gala

Julian Edelman-Barnstable Brown Gala

Jimmy Garoppolo-Barnstable Brown Gala

Danny Amendola-Barnstable Brown Gala

Mike Vrabel-Barnstable Brown Gala

Sean McVay-Barnstable Brown Gala

Kliff Kingsbury-Barnstable Brown Gala

Brian Hoyer-Barnstable Brown Gala

Matt Cassel-Barnstable Brown Gala

Jacoby Brissett-Barnstable Brown Gala

Jimmy Graham-Barnstable Brown Gala

Devante Adams--Barnstable Brown Gala

Randall Cobb--Barnstable Brown Gala

David Bakhtiari--Barnstable Brown Gala

Bryan Baluga--Barnstable Brown Gala

Corey Linsley-Barnstable Brown Gala

A. J. Hawk--Barnstable Brown Gala

Erik Bakhtari--Barnstable Brown Gala

Opening night of Churchill Downs is Saturday, April 27th.  Thurby is held on Thursday, May 2nd. Kentucky Oaks is on Friday, May 3rd and the Kentucky Derby is on Saturday, May 4th all held in Louisville, Ky under the “Twin Spires”. 

If you have a story idea, and/or would like to announce your guest(s) for your Kentucky Derby event send it to me at The411@whas11.com.  Follow me on social for real-time updates Twitter: @sherlenemediapr, Instagram: @sherlenemediapro and FB: SherleneShanklin.