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New Wagers at Churchill

| Churchill Downs Communications | 04/25/2008 #

Churchill Downs will offer a daily opportunity for its racing fans to win big when it introduces its new Super Hi-5 wager starting with Saturday’s opening day of the historic track’s April 26-July 6 Spring Meet.  A special Super Hi-5 wager on the 2008 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands will offer fans a chance of a massive payout and a possible bonus of a new Mercedes Benz SL550 valued at more than $100,000.

The Super Hi-5 is a minimum $1 wager that challenges bettors to select the first five finishers in correct order in a designated race.  If there is no winning ticket in that race, the betting pool will be carried over to the next day’s designated Super Hi-5 race.  The Super Hi-5 betting pool could grow very large if the wager goes several days without being hit.

The Super Hi-5 Special offered on the 134th running of the $2 million-guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands on Saturday, May 3 will provide a new opportunity for fans to win big on America’s greatest race and the best betting opportunity of the year.  Fans who correctly select the first five finishers in order in the expected 20-horse field in the “Run for the Roses” not only have a chance for a huge winning payout, but if there is only one winner that bettor will take home a 2009 Mercedes Benz SL550 valued at more than $100,000.

The luxurious Mercedes Benz SL550, furnished by Louisville’s Tafel Motors, will be awarded as a bonus only if there is a single winning ticket in the Kentucky Derby Hi-5.  If there is no winning ticket, the pool will carry over, as usual, to the first post-Derby racing program at Churchill Downs on Wednesday, May 7.

“Fans of Churchill Downs racing love the prospect of competitive fields and large winning payouts, and the new Super Hi-5 provides a new product with the potential to build to a huge payout if the betting pool carries over for a few days,” said Jim Gates, general manager of Churchill Downs.  “The Kentucky Derby Hi-5 is a great addition to an already exciting wagering menu on the Kentucky Derby, which in recent years has seen huge payouts in exactas, trifectas, superfectas and multi-race wagers like the Pick 3, Pick 4 and Pick 6.  And the bonus of a $100,000 Mercedes Benz SL550 if yours is the only winning ticket should only add to its attraction and excitement.  Whether you’re a skilled handicapper or just plain lucky, you can end up in the same place: cashing a big Super Hi-5 payout at Churchill Downs.”

The 2009 Mercedes Benz SL550 that is being offered as the bonus to a lone winning ticket holder in the Kentucky Derby Hi-5 will be on display in front of the centerfield tote board at the track throughout Kentucky Derby Week.

The Super Hi-5 will be offered as a daily betting option beginning with the final race of Saturday’s 11-race opening day racing program.

Churchill Downs, the world’s most legendary racetrack, has conducted Thoroughbred racing and presented America’s greatest race, the Kentucky Derby, continuously since 1875. Located in Louisville, the flagship racetrack of Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ Global Select Market: CHDN) also operates Trackside at Churchill Downs, which offers year-round simulcast wagering at the historic track. Churchill Downs will conduct the 134th running of the Kentucky Derby on May 3, 2008. The track’s 2008 Spring Meet runs from April 26 through July 6. Churchill Downs has hosted the Breeders’ Cup World Championships a record six times. Information about Churchill Downs can be found on the Internet at www.churchilldowns.com.