Kentucky Oaks

Churchill Downs Winner Atta Boy Roy Heads Aristides; Eight 3-Year-Old Fillies in Saturday's Dogwood

R.E.V. Racing’s Atta Boy Roy, who scored a wire-to-wire victory in the seven-furlong Churchill Downs (GII) on Kentucky Derby Day, will face five rivals Saturday in the 22nd running of the $100,000 Aristides (GIII) for older sprinters.

The six-furlong Aristides shares top billing on Saturday with the 36th running of the $100,000-added Dogwood (GIII) for 3-year-old fillies at a mile on the main track. The Dogwood drew a field of eight, including two runners that competed four weeks ago behind the victorious Blind Luck in the 136th Kentucky Oaks (GI).

The Aristides goes as the eighth race on the 11-race program with an approximate post time of 4:29 p.m. (EDT). The Dogwood is the 10th race with a 5:29 p.m. post time. First post time Saturday is 12:45 p.m.

Trained by Valorie Lund, Atta Boy Roy drew the rail for the Aristides and will carry high weight of 124 pounds. Calvin Borel, who was aboard for the Derby Day victory, has the call Saturday as he shoots for his second Aristides win. Borel rode Bet On Sunshine to victory in 2001.

Second high weight in the Aristides belongs to Bertram, Richard and Elaine Klein’s Cash Refund, who will carry 122 pounds and break from post position five under Brian Hernandez Jr. Trained by Steve Margolis, Cash Refund has won five of six career starts and captured two sprint stakes this winter at Fair Grounds.

Bold Start won last year’s Aristides for trainer Ken McPeek with Robby Albarado riding.

The field for the Aristides, from the rail out, is as follows: Atta Boy Roy (Borel, 124 pounds), Chief of Affairs (Miguel Mena, 120), Lissa’s Star (Corey Lanerie, 118), Riley Tucker (Shaun Bridgmohan, 118), Cash Refund (Hernandez Jr., 122) and Cassoulet (Francisco Torres, 118).

Starlight Partners’ Ailalea, fifth in the Kentucky Oaks, and Twin Creeks Farm, Sky Chai Racing and Bluegrass Equine Center’s Age of Humor, 12th in the America’s premier race for 3-year-old fillies, headline the Dogwood field.

lalea, trained by Todd Pletcher, won the Tempted (GIII) at Aqueduct last fall and this year, prior to the Oaks, finished sixth in the Forward Gal (GII) at Gulfstream Park and sixth in the Fair Grounds Oaks (GII). Ailalea, breaking from post position four, will carry top weight of 123 pounds and be ridden by Calvin Borel, who won the Dogwood in 2007 on Lady Joanne.

Age of Humor, trained by Mike Maker, opened the year with a victory in the Busanda at Aqueduct and followed that up with a third-place finish in the Silverbulletday (GIII) at Fair Grounds and a runner-up finish in the Bourbonette Oaks (GIII) at Turfway Park. Francisco Torres has the call on Age of Humor, who will carry 117 pounds and break from post position two. Torres won the 2000 Dogwood on Welcome Surprise.

Hightap won last year’s Dogwood for trainer Steve Asmussen with Shaun Bridgmohan riding. That duo is represented Saturday by the Heiligbrodt Racing Stable’s Vertical Vision, a two-time stakes winner in 2009. Vertical Vision will carry 119 pounds and break from post position six.

The field for the Dogwood, from the rail out, is as follows: Tap Tap Tapping (Freddie Lenclud, 117 pounds), Age of Humor (Torres, 117), Fuzzy Britches (Corey Lanerie, 119), Ailalea (Borel, 123), Helen Belen (Sal Gonzalez Jr., 119), Vertical Vision (Bridgmohan, 119), Visavis (Jamie Theriot, 117) and Bell’s Shoes (Jon Court, 117).

Racing Resumes Thursday, May 6 with Big Carryovers in Pick 6, Super Hi-5

Racing returns to historic Churchill Downs on Thursday, May 6 after a four-day break that followed memorable renewals of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands and the Kentucky Oaks with a 10-race program highlighted by large carryover pools in both its Pick 6 and Super Hi-5 wagers.

The Pick 6, which requires bettors to select the winners of six consecutive races, returns on Thursday in races 5-10 with a two-day Oaks-Derby carryover of $947,641.  The Super Hi-5, which is offered in the day’s final race and requires fans to select its first five finishers in the correct order, returns with a carryover of $147,055 that remained when no one hit the Derby Hi-5 wager in Saturday’s ”Run for the Roses” won by WinStar Farm’s Super Saver.

Post time for the first of Thursday’s 10 races is 12:45 p.m. (all times EDT) and the 5th race, which begins the Pick 6 sequence, has a scheduled post time of 2:53 p.m. The 10th race, which features the Super Hi-5 has a scheduled post of 5:28 p.m.

The Pick-6 sequence looms as a challenging exercise for racing fans with large, competitive fields of Thoroughbreds.  It opens with a field of nine horses entered in the 5th race and is followed by the 6th (11horses), 7th (9), 8th (12), 9th (8 horses, including a coupled entry), and the 10th (a full field of 12 with two also-eligibles), which is also the Thursday’s Super Hi-5 race.

Along with the return of live racing, simulcasting is set to resume at Trackside at Churchill Downs in the track’s clubhouse after spending most of April at Trackside Louisville on Poplar Level Road, which was unable to opens its doors last Sunday because of a power outage.  Fans who wish to cash their Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby 136 mutuel tickets and were unable to do so because of Sunday’s power outage will be admitted free to Trackside at Churchill when they produce one of those tickets at the gate.  Free admission will be granted to those patrons through Sunday, May 9.

Admission gates open on Thursday at 11:30 a.m.  Post time for the first race in Churchill Downs’ Thursday-Sunday racing schedule this week is 12:45 p.m., with the exception of Friday’s 2:45 p.m. post time for the first session of “Dress to Impress Friday Happy Hours” sponsored by Budweiser Select.
Saturday’s racing program features the return of the popular “Get in the Game” seminars conducted by Churchill Downs racing analyst Jill Byrne.  The seminar will be  conducted in the Paddock, weather permitting, and will begin at 11:45 a.m.

Sunday is Mother’s Day at the Downs and fans have the opportunity to treat Mom to a delicious Mother’s Day Brunch and enjoy a day of terrific racing at the home of the Kentucky Derby.  Reservations are required for the spectacular Levy Restaurants’ brunch in Millionaires Row 4 & 6, Skye Terrace 5 and the Stakes Room, all of which offer a spectacular view of the track, admission, reserved seat and racing program.  Reservations may be made online through Churchill Downs’ Box Office at http://tickets.churchilldowns.com/.

Revitalized Derby Trial Kicks Off 42-Day Spring Meet, Kentucky Derby Week at Churchill Downs

Churchill Downs raises the curtain on Kentucky Derby Week and its 2010 Spring Meet on Saturday, April 24 with  the revitalized $200,000-added The Cliff’s Edge Derby Trial (Grade III) set as the featured event on an 11-program kicks off what bids to be a memorable 42-day racing session that will includes four “Downs After Dark” night racing sessions under permanent lights and a compelling schedule of special events.

Along with the outstanding racing on the opening day of the spring racing session, the first 5,000 patrons through the Churchill Downs admission gates will receive a voucher redeemable for an Opening Day T-Shirt sponsored by Fifth Third Bank.  The T-Shirt can be used to gain free admission to the track every weekday throughout the meet, starting Thursday, May 6.  Opening Day fans may also register to win the Kentucky Garland Escort Package, which includes tickets to the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks and the opportunity to escort famed Garland of Roses that goes to the Kentucky Derby winner to the Derby Winner’s Circle, also compliments of Fifth Third Bank.

Admission to Churchill Downs during the Spring Meet is $3 and $1 for seniors and Twin Spires Club members.  Exceptions include April 29-30, May 1 and “Downs After Dark” racing on June 11, 18 & 25 and July 2.  “Downs After Dark” admission is $10.  Children 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by a parent.

Post time for Saturday’s opening racing session is 12:45 p.m. (all times EST) and admission gates open at 11:00 a.m.  The 12:45 p.m. will continue through most of Kentucky Derby Week – there will be no racing on Monday or Tuesday – and for most of the Spring Meet.  There is a special 10:30 a.m. post time on both Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby Days, then there will be no racing beneath the historic Twin Spires until Thursday, May 6.  Daily post time after Kentucky Derby Week will remain at 12:45 p.m., with the exception of:

  • Fridays after Derby Week except June 11, 18, 25 and July 2: 2:45 p.m. ET.
  • Special 6 p.m. “Downs After Dark” night racing under the track’s new permanent light system on Fridays, June 11, 18, 25 and July 2.

The track’s 136th Spring Meet is headed by the $2 million guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) on Saturday, May 1 and the $500,000-added Kentucky Oaks (GI) on Friday, April 30.  Those  races headline a stakes schedule for the April 24-July 4 Spring Meet with total purses of  $7.1 million.

The Cliff’s Derby Trial on Saturday, April 24 gets the stakes schedule off to a spectacular start as the 86th running of the last of the spring’s Kentucky Derby prep races has a new sponsor in Thoroughbred owner and breeder Robert LaPenta and the race is named in honor of his star The Cliff’s Edge, who finished fifth in the 2004 Kentucky Derby.  The Grade III race carries a record purse of $200,000-added, has been restored to its traditional one-mile distance and looms as an important Kentucky Derby prep for the first time in years.

The Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Oaks and Stephen Foster Handicap on June 12+`, respectively, head three special event days that consist of five or more stakes races with total purses in excess of $1 million.  The biggest of those days is Kentucky Derby Day, which includes six stakes races with total purses of $3.35 million.  Kentucky Oaks Day features the main event and five other stakes races with total purses of $1.325 million.  And five stakes races set for Stephen Foster Handicap Day carry total purses of $1.15 million.

The Stephen Foster Handicap racing program on Saturday, June 12 shares the spotlight with the return of Kentucky Derby Alumni Day, which will feature appearances by Derby stars from the illustrious decade of the 1970’s that produced three Triple Crown winners.

Popular recurring events during the 2010 Spring Meet include:

  • Dress to Impress Friday Happy Hours sponsored by Budweiser Select (beginning Friday, May 7);
  • "Get in the Game” Seminars with Jill Byrne beginning May 8;
  • “Who’s the Champ?” Handicapping Tournament on Sundays May 16, 23 & 30 and June 6 & 13;
  • Senior Days on Thursday June 10, 17 & 24.

Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra is "Rachelesque' in Six-Furlong Work

Stonestreet Stable and Harold McCormick’s Rachel Alexandra turned in a sizzling six-furlong workout on Monday at Churchill Downs as the reigning Horse of the Year displayed increasing sharpness as she nears a return to competition.

Trainer Steve Asmussen’s 4-year-old daughter of Medaglia d’Oro covered the distance over a fast track in 1:11.40 shortly after 6 a.m. (EDT).   She worked in fractional times of :12.40, :24.40, :36.40, :48 and :59.40 under Dominic Terry and the champion galloped out seven furlongs in 1:24.1.  The work was the fastest of seven at the distance.

It was her Rachel Alexandra’s third work since her return to Churchill Downs and her second consecutive move at six furlongs.  Last Monday she breezed that distance in :1:12 and galloped out seven furlongs in 1:25.20.  She had breezed five furlongs in 1:00.20 a week earlier.

“She worked crazy good,” said Asmussen.  “She’s had three works here since she’s been here and they have been extremely ‘Rachelesque.’ I’m happy to see her putting in work like she did last year.”

There is still no decision on the race that will mark Rachel Alexandra’s return to competition.  She has competed only once since a victory over males last fall in the Woodward (GI) at Saratoga – the first win by a female of any age in that prestigious race.  She was defeated in her only start this year when she was upset by Zardana in a runner-up finish in the $200,000 New Orleans Ladies at Fair Grounds on March 13.

Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra Works A Sharp Five Furlongs

Reigning Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra worked a strong six furlongs on Monday in her second major training move since her return to her home base at Churchill Downs.

Stonestreet Stable and Harold McCormick’s reigning Horse of the Year covered the distance over “fast” footing in 1:12 under regular training partner Dominic Terry.  The 4-year-old daughter of Medaglia d’Oro worked in fractional times of :12.80, :25.40, :37.20, :48.40 and 1:00.20.  The Steve Asmussen-trained champion galloped out seven furlongs in 1:25.20.

The move was easily the fastest of seven at the distance.  In terms of comparison, two other Asmussen-trained stars – the brilliant 3-year-old filly Hot Dixie Chick and 2009 Louisiana Derby (GII) and beaten Kentucky Derby 135 favorite Friesan Fire also breezed six furlongs. Hot Dixie Chick was timed in 1:13.40 and Friesan Fire covered the distance in 1:12.80.

”I was very pleased with her work,” Asmussen said.  “She looks happy and she cooled out great.  It was a very strong move.”

Rachel Alexandra, winner of the 2009 Kentucky Oaks (GI) by a record 20 ¼ lengths over the same track nearly a year ago, turned in a solid five-furlong work in 1:00.20 and galloped out six furlongs in 1:14 a week earlier in her first work at Churchill Downs since last fall.  But Monday’s move was stronger throughout and Asmussen said his team would be looking at how she recovers from it as the filly’s next racing step is assessed.

“I’m very anxious to see her attitude off of the work,” he said.  “How she acts, how she rests in her stall and if she’s comfortable with everything we’re doing.  From a work standpoint it was very impressive and fast, which she is.”

Asmussen said there is still no decision on the race that will mark Rachel Alexandra’s return to competition.  She has raced only once since a victory over males last fall in the Woodward (GI) at Saratoga – the first win by a female of any age in that prestigious race.  But she lost her only race this year when she surrendered the lead in the stretch to eventual winner Zardana in a runner-up finish in the $200,000 New Orleans Ladies on March 13 at Fair Grounds.  The defeat resulted in the scrapping of plans for a match between Rachel Alexandra and the unbeaten Breeders’ Cup Classic (GI)-winning mare Zenyatta in the Apple Blossom (GI) at Oaklawn Park, a race the latter won with ease at the Hot Springs, Ark. track last Friday.

So Rachel Alexandra’s response from Monday’s strong six-furlong workout at Churchill Downs will be significant as her team considers her next move.

“We’re trying to get her back in the rhythm that she had success with last year,” Asmussen said, “because we were very unsuccessful in trying to alter that.”

GENERAL QUARTERS WORKS – Owner-trainer Tom McCarthy’s General Quarters, 10th in the 2009 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) and second to Battle Plan in the recent New Orleans Handicap (GII) at Fair Grounds, worked five furlongs in :50.20 over a “fast” track around 9 a.m. ET on Monday.

Jockey Robby Albarado was in the saddle for the work, which ranked 19th among 28 at the distance.  The 4-year-old son of Sky Mesa is preparing for a run in the $500,000-added Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (GI) on Kentucky Derby Day.  General Quarters won the 2009 rrenewal of the Toyota Blue Grass (G) at Keeneland, but has not won since.

WORK TAB (Track - FAST) -- In other Monday morning works, multiple stakes winner Acoma breezed four furlongs in :48.80 … Hightap breezed four furlongs in :49.80 … Kensei worked five furlongs in 1:02.20.

Churchill Downs Issues 'Pink Fridays' Challenge

Got pink? Churchill Downs and Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, the world’s largest breast cancer organization, are issuing the people of Louisville a challenge to “Get Your Pink On!” each Friday leading up to the 136th running of the Kentucky Oaks to honor breast cancer survivors.

Pink is the official color of both breast cancer awareness and the April 30 Kentucky Oaks – the Kentucky Derby’s companion event for 3-year-old fillies; therefore, Churchill Downs, in conjunction with its Oaks Day charitable partner Susan G. Komen for the Cure, is staging its second PINK OUT at the track on Oaks Day. All Oaks attendees are encouraged to wear pink or to incorporate pink into their attire for the day to show their support.

To celebrate PINK FRIDAYS during the month of April, Churchill Downs and its PINK PATROL will award a local business, restaurant, school and boutique that best “Pinks Out” its establishment with pink decorations, trim, products and clothing. Weekly winners will receive a surprise Friday afternoon visit by the Churchill Downs PINK PATROL with free third floor grandstand box seats for six on Kentucky Oaks Day. In addition, all winners will be saluted and recognized on Kentucky Oaks Day during a winner’s circle ceremony in conjunction with the 12th race.

To participate, simply log onto Facebook.com, search Kentucky Oaks (Brand/Company), “Become A Fan” of Kentucky Oaks and post your “PINK OUT” photo on the official Kentucky Oaks Facebook page.

PINK FRIDAYS’ weekly PINK PATROL prize schedule:

·    Businesses and Restaurants – Post “PINK OUT” photos by Wednesday, April 7 at 11:59 p.m. ET; winner to be announced Friday, April 9;
·    Schools – Post “PINK OUT” photos by Wednesday, April 14 at 11:59 p.m. ET; winner to be announced Friday, April 16; and
·    Boutiques – Post “PINK OUT” photos by Wednesday, April 21 at 11:59 p.m. ET; winner to be announced Friday, April 23.

Continuing a commitment to new Kentucky Oaks Day traditions established a year ago, Churchill Downs and Susan G. Komen for the Cure renewed their partnership to raise funds to aid in breast cancer awareness and research through Kentucky Oaks Day events.

The Kentucky Oaks will once again be televised live on NBC Sports’ sister cable network Bravo from 5-6 p.m. EDT. The one-hour broadcast will spotlight the 1 1/8-mile Oaks with an additional focus on fashion, cuisine, the celebrity experience associated with Kentucky Oaks Day and Churchill Downs’ renewed partnership with Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

For more information on the Kentucky Oaks, please visit www.KentuckyOaks.com.

About Churchill Downs Incorporated
    Churchill Downs Incorporated, (“CDI”), headquartered in Louisville, Ky., owns and operates four world renowned Thoroughbred racing facilities: Arlington Park in Illinois, Calder Casino and Race Course in Florida, Churchill Downs Race Track in Kentucky and Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots in Louisiana.  CDI operates slot and gaming operations in Louisiana and Florida.  CDI tracks are host to North America’s most prestigious races, including the Arlington Million, the Kentucky Derby and the Kentucky Oaks, the Louisiana Derby and the Princess Rooney, along with hosting the Breeders’ Cup World Championships for a record seventh time on Nov. 5-6, 2010.  CDI also owns off-track betting facilities, TwinSpires.com and other advance-deposit wagering channels, television production, telecommunications and racing service companies such as BRIS and a 50-percent interest in the national cable and satellite network, HorseRacing TV, which supports CDI’s network of simulcasting and racing operations.  CDI’s Entertainment Group produces the HullabaLOU Music Festival at Churchill Downs Racetrack which premieres on July 23-25, 2010.  CDI trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol CHDN and can be found at www.churchilldownsincorporated.com.

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Simulcast Wagering Shifts to Trackside Louisville; 60 New Flat Screen TVs Installed

Churchill Downs will shift simulcast wagering operations to its Trackside Louisville facility at 4520 Poplar Level Road starting Wednesday for the month-long lead-up to Kentucky Derby 136. The necessary annual move is done to minimize inconvenience for customers as track officials prepare the landmark Louisville racetrack for hosting the typical Derby Day crowd of about 150,000.

Churchill Downs recently installed 60 new 47-inch flat screen televisions at Trackside Louisville. Other improvements, including a new roof above the popular hangout “Warner’s Corner,” were made as well.

Simulcast wagering will be offered five days a week (dark Mondays and Tuesdays) for an admission fee of $3 ($1 for Twin Spires Club members and seniors age 60 and up). Admission gates at Trackside Louisville will open at 11:30 a.m. (Note: Churchill Downs’ Gold Room 6 will remain open throughout the month of April for eligible Twin Spires Club Members.)

Simulcast wagering will return to Churchill Downs on Saturday, April 24 for the start of the 42-day Spring Meet. It will remain on-track through Thursday, April 29, before shifting back to Trackside Louisville for Kentucky Derby weekend (Friday, April 30 through Sunday, May 2). Trackside Louisville admission gates will open at 9 a.m. for the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby, and admission for those days will be $10. Gates will open at noon on Sunday, May 2 and admission will be free.

Simulcast wagering will return to Churchill Downs on Thursday, May 6, following dark days at the racetrack May 2-5.

The temporary relocation of Churchill Downs’ simulcast wagering operation comes just prior to opening day at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Ky., on Friday, April 2.

    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 host the 136th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands on Saturday, May 1 and the Kentucky Oaks on Friday, April 30. The track will conduct its 2010 Spring Meet from Saturday, April 24 through Sunday, July 4. Churchill Downs is scheduled to host the Breeders’ Cup World Championships for a record seventh time on Nov. 5 and 6, 2010. Churchill Downs tickets are available at http://tickets.churchilldowns.com or by calling (502) 636-4400. Additional information about Churchill Downs can be found on the Internet at www.churchilldowns.com.
    
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Final Day for Survivors Parade Nominations is Thursday

The final day to nominate a breast cancer survivor to march in this year’s Survivors Parade on Kentucky Oaks Day at Churchill Downs is Thursday (March 11) at midnight ET.

    The Survivors Parade, presented by Kroger, was arguably last year’s most memorable and emotional event on Kentucky Oaks Day. Breast cancer survivors invited by Churchill Downs and Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, the world’s largest breast cancer organization, proudly paraded on the racetrack shortly before the running of the Kentucky Oaks – the Kentucky Derby’s companion event for 3-year-old fillies.

This year, all survivors have a chance to participate in the Friday, April 30 parade through a nomination and voting process on the official event Web site, www.KentuckyOaks.com. Guests can nominate a friend, relative or themselves by sharing a brief personal experience that relates to breast cancer survival.

Once the nomination process concludes Thursday night, KentuckyOaks.com visitors can vote for their favorite and most inspirational stories between Friday, March 12 and Friday, March 26. The 136 survivors with the most votes will receive two (2) free reserved seats to the Kentucky Oaks and lunch courtesy of Churchill Downs (travel and hotel accommodations not included). The winners will be announced at KentuckyOaks.com on Friday, April 2.

The Survivors Parade is one the newest traditions on Kentucky Oaks Day, which features a “Ladies First” theme to raise money and awareness for Susan G. Komen for the Cure – the global movement leader for breast cancer research, education, advocacy and community support.

Churchill Downs Incorporated will donate $1 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure for every person in attendance on Kentucky Oaks Day and $1 to Horses and Hope from the sale of Oaks Lilies, the official drink of the Kentucky Oaks. All attendees are encouraged to participate in a “PINK OUT” and incorporate pink into their attire to show support the cause. There will also be a First Lady of Fashion Contest and a special Kentucky Oaks winner’s circle formed by breast cancer survivors.

The Kentucky Oaks race and activities will be showcased live by the Bravo Network from 5-6 p.m. ET in partnership with its parent company, NBC Universal.

    Churchill Downs Incorporated, (“CDI”), headquartered in Louisville, Ky., owns and operates four world renowned Thoroughbred racing facilities: Arlington Park in Illinois, Calder Casino and Race Course in Florida, Churchill Downs Race Track in Kentucky and Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots in Louisiana.  CDI operates slot and gaming operations in Louisiana and Florida.  CDI tracks are host to North America’s most prestigious races, including the Arlington Million, the Kentucky Derby and the Kentucky Oaks, the Louisiana Derby and the Princess Rooney, along with hosting the Breeders’ Cup World Championships for a record seventh time on Nov. 5-6, 2010.  CDI also owns off-track betting facilities, TwinSpires.com and other advance-deposit wagering channels, television production, telecommunications and racing service companies such as BRIS and a 50-percent interest in the national cable and satellite network, HorseRacing TV, which supports CDI’s network of simulcasting and racing operations.  CDI’s Entertainment Group produces the HullabaLOU Music Festival at Churchill Downs Racetrack which premieres on July 23-25, 2010.  CDI trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol CHDN and can be found at www.churchilldownsincorporated.com.

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Kentucky Oaks 136 Update: Devil May Care Heads Fair Grounds Silverbulletday

TIME TO ‘THINK PINK’ AS KENTUCKY OAKS, SUSAN G. KOMEN FOR THE CURE® RENEW PARTNERSHIP -- Churchill Downs and Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, the world's largest breast cancer organization, officially renewed their partnership on Wednesday, Feb. 17, to raise funds to aid in breast cancer awareness and research during Kentucky Oaks Day, Friday, April 30.

The 136th running of the $500,000-added Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) and activities surrounding America’s premier race for 3-year-old fillies will again be televised live by the Bravo Network in partnership with its parent company, NBC Universal.  Churchill Downs Incorporated has pledged to donate $1 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure for every person in attendance on Kentucky Oaks Day.  Last year's race won by eventual Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra attracted a crowd of 104,867.

Oaks Day events will include a "PINK OUT," which encourages all Oaks attendees to incorporate pink into their attire for the day; a moving Survivors Parade; First Lady of Fashion Contest; and a special Kentucky Oaks winner's circle formed by breast cancer survivors.

SOUTH / DEVIL MAY CARE HEADS SILVERBULLETDAY – After a poor run over synthetic footing in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G!) at Santa Anita, Devil May Care looks to make amends in her 2010 debut in Saturday’s 1 1/16-mile Silverbulletday (GIII) at New Orleans’ Fair Grounds.

The Todd Pletcher-trained winner of Belmont Park’s Frizette (GI) finished 11th behind champion She Be Wild in the Breeders’ Cup, her only loss in three starts.

“She hated the synthetic track,” said Pletcher.

Other contenders in Saturday’s race include Jody Slew, upset winner of the Tiffany Lass Stakes at Fair Grounds for trainer Bret Calhoun, and the Dale Romans-trained Quiet Temper, winner of the Delta Princess (GIII) and the beaten favorite in that race..

FLORIDA / CHAMPION SHE BE WILD NOMINATED TO DAVONA DALE – She Be Wild, winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (GI) and the champion 2-year-old filly of 2009, heads the roster of 3-year-old fillies nominated to the Davona Dale (GII) at Gulfstream Park on Feb. 27.

Also among the nominees is Bickersons, a seven-length winner in the Forward Gal (GII) on Jan. 31 over a field that included She Be Wild, and the Dale Romans-trained Sassy Image, winner of the Pocahontas (GIII) and Golden Rod (GII) in November at Churchill Downs.

WEST / TORNADO SET TO ROAR IN OAKS – Tornado Betty, considered the top 3-year-old filly at Turf Paradise in Phoenix, is favored in Saturday’s $25,000 Arizona Oaks.  The winner of the Arizona Juvenile Filly will be challenged by Pocketful, an eight-length maiden winner in January.

Churchill Downs, Susan G. Komen for the Cure Renew Kentucky Oaks Fundraising Partnership

Continuing a commitment to new Kentucky Oaks Day traditions established a year ago, Churchill Downs Racetrack, the home of the world-famous Kentucky Derby® and Kentucky Oaks®, and Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, the world’s largest breast cancer organization, officially renewed their partnership today to raise funds to aid in breast cancer awareness and research through events on Friday, April 30 – the day prior to the famed “Run for the Roses.” The Kentucky Oaks race and activities will again be showcased live by the Bravo Network in partnership with its parent company, NBC Universal.

    Kentucky Oaks 136, the Kentucky Derby’s companion event for 3-year-old fillies, will once again feature a “Ladies First” theme and a day of events to raise money and awareness for Susan G. Komen for the Cure, which leads the global movement for breast cancer research, education, advocacy and community support.

    Churchill Downs Incorporated has pledged to donate $1 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure for every person in attendance on Kentucky Oaks Day. Last year’s Oaks attracted a crowd of 104,867. The hope is to set an attendance record to raise maximum funds for a great cause. The attendance record for the Kentucky Oaks is 111,243 attendees.  

Additionally, Churchill Downs will donate $1 to Horses and Hope, the breast cancer outreach and awareness initiative in Kentucky’s horse racing industry, from the sale of Oaks Lilies, the official drink of the Kentucky Oaks. Horses and Hope was founded in 2008 by Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear and the Kentucky Cancer Program to identify new opportunities to provide breast cancer awareness, education, and early detection through screening and treatment referral, as well as to raise funds to sustain programs into the future.

Special Kentucky Oaks Day events will include a “PINK OUT,” which encourages all Oaks attendees to incorporate pink into their attire for the day to show their support. Also, there will be a moving Survivors Parade, First Lady of Fashion Contest and a special Kentucky Oaks winner’s circle formed by breast cancer survivors.

“We learned last year just how much of an impact Oaks Day has for raising awareness and funds for breast cancer programs all around the world,” said Nancy G. Brinker, founder and CEO of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. “As the first ‘First Lady of the Oaks’, I was very moved by the generosity and passion for this cause, and so we are very happy to see this new tradition continuing. Oaks Day is a fun day for a serious mission, and we’re very appreciative to all the fans and employees at Churchill Downs for making it a reality again this year.”

“There are two things I won’t soon forget about last year’s Kentucky Oaks: the unbelievable, record-setting 20 ¼-length victory by the spectacular filly Rachel Alexandra, and the Susan G. Komen for the Cure survivors’ parade where, in honor of the 135th Kentucky Oaks, 135 cancer survivors accompanied the fillies on their walk from the barn area to the saddling paddock,” said Robert L. Evans, president and chief executive officer of Churchill Downs Incorporated, the racetrack’s parent company. “We’re delighted to continue this important partnership to fight breast cancer with Susan G. Komen for the Cure and share in this special celebration through a broad audience on NBC Universal’s Bravo Network.”  

“Pink Out” Returns

The official color of both the Kentucky Oaks and breast cancer awareness is pink; therefore, Churchill Downs is staging its second PINK OUT at the track on Oaks Day and encouraging all Oaks attendees to wear pink or to incorporate pink into their attire for the day to show their support. Additionally, Churchill Downs’ facility will be adorned in pink on Oaks Day, including pink-colored bunting, flower beds, flags and jockeys’ and pony riders’ apparel. Even Churchill Downs bugler Steve Buttleman will sport a pink uniform as he calls horses to the post throughout the Oaks race card. .

Churchill Downs and Susan G. Komen for the Cure are encouraging survivors and supporters from the region, and around the world, to attend this very special event and, of course, show their support by wearing pink. Even if supporters and survivors can’t make it to Louisville, they can get involved by visiting www.KentuckyDerbyParty.com for a specially designed Susan G. Komen for the Cure branded invitation and everything needed to throw an Oaks or Derby party as a fundraiser at home.

“Pink Fridays” In April; Schools, Businesses, Restaurants and Boutiques Can Win Oaks Tickets

To build continued awareness for the Oaks Day PINK OUT within the local community, Churchill Downs is encouraging Louisvillians to wear pink every Friday throughout the month of April and challenging area businesses and schools to participate as well. The area schools (week ending April 9), businesses and restaurants (April 16) and boutiques (April 23) that excel at “pinking out” their establishments with pink decorations, trim and products will win one set of third-floor clubhouse box seats for six (6) on Kentucky Oaks Day. Prizes will be awarded weekly and further details about how to participate in the contest can be found at the official Kentucky Oaks Web site, www.KentuckyOaks.com.

New Online Nomination and Voting Process to Participate in Survivors Parade

The Survivors Parade presented by Kroger was arguably last year’s most memorable and emotional event. Breast cancer survivors invited by Churchill Downs and Susan G. Komen for the Cure paraded Churchill Downs’ main track shortly before the running of the Kentucky Oaks. The parade will return in 2010 and all survivors will have a chance to participate through a new nomination and voting process through KentuckyOaks.com.

Beginning Friday, Feb. 19, guests can log onto KentuckyOaks.com and nominate a friend, relative or themselves by sharing a brief personal experience that relates to breast cancer survival. Once the nomination process concludes on Thursday, March 11, the stories will be shared online and a two-week voting process (March 12-26) will begin. Fans will vote for their favorite and most inspirational stories and the 136 survivors with the most votes will receive two (2) free reserved seats to the Kentucky Oaks and lunch courtesy of Churchill Downs (travel and hotel accommodations not included). Winners will be announced Friday, April 2.

Special Survivors Winner’s Circle to be Formed on Turf Course

Following the 136th running of the Kentucky Oaks, a special Oaks winner’s circle will be formed on the Matt Winn Turf Course by breast cancer survivors to celebrate the Oaks winner’s victory on the track and the survivors’ victories over breast cancer. The special survivors winner’s circle was first introduced at Oaks 135 in 2009 and immediately became a favorite new tradition for the event.

First Lady of Fashion Contest Winner Will Win Trip to IMG’s Fashion Week in New York City

Ladies of all ages in attendance on Kentucky Oaks Day can enter Churchill Downs’ First Lady of Fashion contest with the winner receiving an all-expense VIP trip for two to IMG’s Fashion Week in New York City. Entrants showcasing their finest Oaks attire will be judged on the “Pink Carpet” inside Gate 10 early in the afternoon with finalists paraded inside the Aristides Garden later that day live on the Bravo telecast. Participants will be judged on how fashionably they incorporate pink into their ensemble.
 
New Co-Branded Oaks Merchandise Available Online at TheDerbyStore.com

    In conjunction with this year’s Kentucky Oaks Day celebration, Churchill Downs has teamed with Susan G. Komen for the Cure to launch a co-branded line of officially-licensed apparel and gift items that are available for purchase online at www.TheDerbyStore.com. Co-branded merchandise includes ballcaps, T-shirts and a tote bag. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of co-branded products will be donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Kentucky Oaks Will Be Broadcast Live on Bravo from 5-6 p.m. EDT

The Kentucky Oaks will once again be televised live on NBC Sports’ sister cable network Bravo from 5-6 p.m. EDT. The one-hour broadcast will spotlight the 1 1/8-mile Oaks with an additional focus on fashion, cuisine, the celebrity experience associated with Kentucky Oaks Day and Churchill Downs’ renewed partnership with Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

First Lady of Oaks Announcement Coming Soon

An announcement regarding this year’s First Lady of Oaks will come at a later date. The selection of an official Oaks Day ambassador was introduced last year to honor a special woman who has utilized her professional and personal experiences to celebrate women and promote issues and causes that women support. The inaugural First Lady of Oaks in 2009 was Nancy G. Brinker, who established Susan G. Komen for the Cure to honor her sister who died of breast cancer in 1980 at the age of 36.

The 104,867 in attendance for the 2009 Kentucky Oaks witnessed a sublime performance by 3-year-old filly Rachel Alexandra, who cruised to a record 20 ¼-length victory. The 3-year-old filly would go on to beat male rivals in the Preakness, Haskell and Woodward Stakes and be crowned North America’s 2009 Horse of the Year.  

For more information on the Kentucky Oaks and the partnership with Susan G. Komen for the Cure, please visit www.KentuckyOaks.com.

About Churchill Downs Incorporated

    Churchill Downs Incorporated, (“CDI”), headquartered in Louisville, Ky., owns and operates four world renowned Thoroughbred racing facilities: Arlington Park in Illinois, Calder Casino and Race Course in Florida, Churchill Downs Race Track in Kentucky and Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots in Louisiana.  CDI operates slot and gaming operations in Louisiana and Florida.  CDI tracks are host to North America’s most prestigious races, including the Arlington Million, the Kentucky Derby and the Kentucky Oaks, the Louisiana Derby and the Princess Rooney, along with hosting the Breeders’ Cup World Championships for a record seventh time on Nov. 5-6, 2010.  CDI also owns off-track betting facilities, TwinSpires.com and other advance-deposit wagering channels, television production, telecommunications and racing service companies such as BRIS and a 50-percent interest in the national cable and satellite network, HorseRacing TV, which supports CDI’s network of simulcasting and racing operations.  CDI’s Entertainment Group produces the HullabaLOU Music Festival at Churchill Downs Racetrack which premieres on July 23-25, 2010.  CDI trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol CHDN and can be found at www.churchilldownsincorporated.com.

About Susan G. Komen for the Cure®

    Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure and launched the global breast cancer movement. Today, Komen for the Cure is the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. Thanks to events like the Komen Race for the Cure®, we have invested more than $1.5 billion to fulfill our promise, becoming the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world. For more information about Susan G. Komen for the Cure, breast health or breast cancer, visit www.komen.org or call 1-877 GO KOMEN.

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