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GOLD RIVER, BC (February 18, 2013)— Skuna Bay Salmon has been selected as the “Salmon of Choice” of the historic Kentucky Derby and Churchill Downs Racetrack. This year’s race is the 139th annual “Run for the Roses,” occurring on Saturday, May 4, 2013.

“We at Skuna Bay are incredibly proud to have been selected as the ‘Salmon of Choice’ for the world’s most well-known, and historic, horse race and venue. The Kentucky Derby is iconic in sports and culture. It is amazing that the 139th running of America’s Race will include some of the best chefs in North America, serving Craft Raised Salmon from British Columbia,” said Dave Mergle, Director of Skuna Bay Salmon.

The Skuna Bay partnership with the Kentucky Derby began in late 2012 after the culinary team at Churchill Downs, including chefs from Levy Restaurants, the service provider, had a chance to sample the salmon. They determined that the quality of the salmon met the Kentucky Derby’s high standards of excellence. Skuna Bay was then invited to become a preferred partner and have its Craft Raised Salmon served at the Kentucky Derby and year-round at Churchill Downs.

“To create the exceptional dining experience that our guests deserve and expect, we choose the freshest and finest ingredients and there is nothing better than Skuna Bay Craft Raised Salmon,” says Executive Chef Jo-Jo Doyle. “Skuna Bay Salmon is tender, buttery and just perfect for our menu.”

For the next two years, Skuna Bay Salmon will be the “Salmon of Choice” and will play a prominent role at the Taste of Derby™ culinary experience. Held the Thursday before the Kentucky Derby, this year’s event will be at the Kentucky Exposition Center. Skuna Bay will execute a competition where great chefs from around North America will compete to cook at this amazing event. Ultimately, two will be chosen to travel to Louisville to face-off for the title of National Skuna Bay Craftsman Chef. Joining these two chef finalists in guiding them in the final round of competition will be two senior “mentor chefs” to be announced at a later date.

Skuna Bay, Vancouver Island Craft Raised Salmon is reared in pristine, glacial-fed waters off the coast of Vancouver Island, B.C. by a dedicated, passionate team of Craftsmen Farmers. North America’s only Craft Raised salmon’s rise in popularity began with its launch in November, 2011 and can now be found at more than 800 high-end restaurants and boutique retailers across 25 states and major urban markets including Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, San Diego, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Palm Springs, St. Louis, Denver, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Minneapolis and St. Paul and now Louisville. For more information, please visit Follow Skuna Bay on Twitter at @SkunaBay.