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Churchill Downs Opens 119th Fall Meet on Sunday, Oct. 26 With Ack Ack Handicap, 2009 Wall Calendar Giveaway

(Monday, Oct. 20, 2008) – World-class horse racing returns to legendary Churchill Downs on Sunday, Oct. 26 for the Louisville, Ky. racetrack’s 119th Fall Meet which covers 26 days through Saturday, Nov. 29.

Churchill Downs to Become First U.S. Racetrack to Offer High-Definition Simulcasting

Churchill Downs will become the first racetrack in the United States to offer simulcasting in high definition (“HD”) when it opens its 2008 Fall Meet on Sunday, Oct. 26.  The HD signal will be rolled out progressively to select off-track betting locations (“OTBs”) and racetracks across the nation, as well as on-track in a variety of public areas.

Churchill Joins With NTRA in Industry-Wide Safety and Integrity Alliance

National Thoroughbred Racing Association President and CEO Alex Waldrop and Thoroughbred racing industry leaders outlined a series of industry-wide safety and integrity reforms at a press conference in New York on Wednesday, Oct. 15.  The NTRA also announced the creation of a new Safety and Integrity Alliance, comprised of the largest tracks and horsemen’s groups in the U.S.

Toe Grabs Banned at Churchill Downs Incorporated Racetracks

Churchill Downs Incorporated has implemented a new horseshoe policy at its four racetracks that bans the use of toe grabs greater than two millimeters. The new policy is effective immediately.

The policy, which will apply to all horses racing and training at Churchill Downs, Arlington Park, Calder Race Course and Fair Grounds Race Course, states:

Churchill Downs to Host 2010 Breeders' Cup World Championships

The Breeders’ Cup and Churchill Downs Incorporated joined state and local officials on Wednesday to announce that the 2010 Breeders’ Cup World Championships will be held at historic Churchill Downs for a record seventh time.

Breeders' Cup Ltd, Churchill Downs to Host Wednesday Press Conference

Officials of the Breeders' Cup Ltd and Churchill Downs will make a major economic development announcement in a press conference scheduled at the historic racetrack on Wednesday, October 8 at 10:30 a.m. (EDT).

The press conference is scheduled to be held in the Aristides Room on the 4th floor of the Churchill Downs clubhouse.

Select Group Of Five Guest Announcers Will Be Featured During Churchill Downs’ Fall Meet From Oct. 26-Nov. 29

The talents of a select group of five guest announcers will be showcased at Churchill Downs during the Louisville, Ky. racetrack's Fall Meet, which begins its 26-day run on Sunday, Oct. 26.

Churchill Downs, Britain's Kempton Park Create New 'Challenge' for 2009 Kentucky Derby Berth

Churchill Downs and Great Britain’s Kempton Park Racecourse have announced a partnership to create a race for 3-year-old Thoroughbreds that will provide a clear path for the winner to a starting spot in the field for the 2009 running of the $2 million guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I).

Best of Golf, Racing Meet During Churchill's 'Soiree Under the Spires' on Sept. 19

The elite of the professional golfing world will combine with the best of Thoroughbred racing on Friday, Sept. 19, as historic Churchill Downs hosts “Soiree Under the Spires,” an exclusive gala that serves as the premier social event of The Cup Experience during Ryder Cup week in Louisville.

Churchill Downs Reduces Stakes Purses for 2008 Fall Meet

Due to a decline of purse money earned from wagering sources during its 2008 Spring Meet, Churchill Downs Racetrack has been forced to reduce $975,000 from its stakes program for the upcoming 2008 Fall Meet through purse reductions in 11 stakes races and the elimination of two other stakes.

Churchill Downs Incorporated Approves New Directors

The board of directors of Churchill Downs Incorporated has elected James McDonald and Alex Rankin to the positions of director to serve until the 2010 annual meeting of the Company’s shareholders. The Company’s shareholders will be given an opportunity to vote to ratify the election of McDonald and Rankin at the 2009 annual meeting of the Company’s shareholders.

Churchill Downs Foundation Contributes $100,000 to Jefferson County Schools' Every 1 Reads Program

The Churchill Downs Foundation has contributed $100,000 to Every 1 Reads, a community-wide effort with a goal of having every child enrolled in Jefferson County Public Schools (“JCPS”) reading at or above their grade level.

Genuine Risk Photo Gallery

Genuine Risk, one of only three fillies to win the Kentucky Derby, died on Aug. 18 at the age of 31. Relive her crowning glory here and watch as she set the racing world aflame in 1980 with her victory in the Run for the Roses.

Churchill Downs Presents $25,000 Grant to Kentucky Derby Museum

Churchill Downs Incorporated has presented a check for $25,347 to the Kentucky Derby Museum to help in the funding and development of education programs at the museum.  Those programs benefit the more than 22,000 students from schools throughout the region who visit the museum each year.

Churchill Downs Back-to-School Supplies Drive Gets an A+

Churchill Downs annually helps to support local kids by collecting school supplies and other items to help children get their school year off on the right foot. This year, the employees of Churchill Downs racetrack and the corporate office worked together to support the students of our backside workers.

The school supplies drive collected the following items:

Kentucky Derby Winner Genuine Risk Dies

Genuine Risk, one of only three fillies to win the Kentucky Derby, died on Monday at the age of 31.  Relive her crowning glory here and watch as she set the racing world aflame in 1980 with her victory in the Run for the Roses.
 

Churchill Downs' Chef Gil Hosts 'Beef vs. Bison' Cooking, Dining Event to Benefit Kosair Children's Hospital

Churchill Downs, Levy Restaurants Sports & Entertainment and Chef Gil Logan, the executive chef for the historic home of the Kentucky Derby and Levy Restaurants, will present “Beef vs. Bison,” an unforgettable evening of cooking demonstrations and dining to benefit Kosair Children’s Hospital, from 6-10 p.m. (EDT) on Friday, Aug.

Kentucky Derby Museum Announces Memorial Service for Eight Belles

Eight Belles, the runner-up in Kentucky Derby 134 who was euthanized after suffering a catastrophic injury moments after the race, will be memorialized at the Kentucky Derby Museum on Sunday, Sept. 7. The service will be open to the public and is scheduled to take place at 2 p.m. ET in the Museum's outdoor garden.

Churchill Downs Announces 26th Annual Red Smith Kentucky Derby Writing Contest

Churchill Downs is accepting entries for the 2008 Red Smith Kentucky Derby Writing Contest, which annually recognizes outstanding print media coverage of the Kentucky Derby.

Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear Announces 'Horses and Hope' to Fight Breast Cancer

On July 18, Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear announced Horses and Hope, an initiative she has created with the Kentucky Cancer Program. The project will foster work with the state's equine industry to identify new opportunities to provide breast cancer awareness, education, screening and treatment referral, as well as to raise funds to sustain programs into the future.