Spalding University, home of the Golden Eagles, plays in NCAA Division III and in the St. Churchill Downs is home to the Kentucky Derby, the largest sports event in the state, as well as the Kentucky Oaks, which together cap the two-week-long Kentucky Derby Festival.
Churchill Downs has also hosted the renowned Breeders' Cup on eight occasions, most recently in 2011, and will next host the event in 2018.
Louisville area high schools have been dominant in football in recent years.
Trinity (1994, 2001–2003, 2005–2008, 2010–2013), Male (1993, 1998, 2000, 2015) and St.
The Louisville Bats are a baseball team playing in the International League as the Class AAA affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds.
Bellarmine University, home of the Knights, fields 16 competitive NCAA Division II teams and competes in lacrosse at the Division I level (the only men's collegiate lacrosse program in the state).
Xavier (1992, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2009) high schools have won 22 of the 24 football titles in Kentucky's largest enrollment class (4A through 2006, 6A since 2007) since 1992.
Central has won five 3A titles since Kentucky's move to a six-class system (2007, 2008, 2010–2012).
Louisville is also the home of Valhalla Golf Club which hosted the 1996, 2000, and 2014 PGA Championships, and hosted the 2008 Ryder Cup.
It is also home to one of the top skateparks in the U. Louisville is also the home of Ohio Valley Wrestling, a professional wrestling promotion that at different times served as the official developmental territory for WWE (2000–2008) High school sports are also very popular in the city, especially football and basketball.