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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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Churchill Downs to Shift Simulcast Wagering to Trackside Louisville

Due to preparations for the upcoming Spring Meet and Kentucky Derby 135, Churchill Downs will move simulcast operations to its Trackside Louisville facility at 4520 Poplar Level Road from Wednesday, April 1, through Friday, April 24.

Churchill Downs officials will temporarily move simulcast operations to minimize inconvenience to customers in the days leading up to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands, which is scheduled for Saturday, May 2, and opening day on Saturday, April 25.

Simulcast wagering will return to Churchill Downs on Saturday, April 25, and remain through Thursday, April 30, before shifting to Trackside Louisville for Kentucky Derby weekend (Friday, May 1 through Sunday, May 3). Simulcast wagering returns to Churchill Downs on Wednesday, May 6, following dark days at the racetrack on Sunday, May 3, Monday, May 4, and Tuesday, May 5.

Churchill Downs’ Gold Room 6 will remain open throughout the month of April for eligible Twin Spires Club Members.

Admission gates at Trackside Louisville open at 11:30 a.m. (all time Eastern) throughout the month of April unless otherwise noted.

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). Trackside Louisville will also be open on Kentucky Oaks Day, Friday, May 1, and Kentucky Derby Day, Saturday, May 2. Gates open at 9 a.m. on both days and admission is $10. On Sunday, May 3, Trackside Louisville gates open at noon and admission is free.

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 3. The schedule also includes the third and final pool of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager, scheduled for Thursday, April 2, through Sunday, April 5.

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 135th running of the Kentucky Derby on May 2, 2009. The track’s 2009 Spring Meet will take place from April 25 through July 5. Churchill Downs is scheduled to host the Breeders’ Cup World Championships for a record seventh time on Nov. 5 and 6, 2010. Information about Churchill Downs can be found on the Internet at www.churchilldowns.com.

Churchill Downs to Open at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 28 for Dubai World Cup Simulcast

Trackside at Churchill Downs will open early at 9 am (all times Eastern) on Saturday, March 28, to import the six lucrative stakes races that compromise the 14th annual Dubai World Cup program from Nad Al Sheba Race Course in the United Arab Emirates.

            The $21 million extravaganza is anchored by the world’s richest race, the $6 million Dubai World Cup (Group I), which has lured North American horses such as Donn Handicap (GI) champ Albertus Maximus, Goodwood Handicap (GI) winner Well Armed, Meadowlands Cup (GII) hero Arson Squad and Pennsylvania Derby (GII) champ Anak Nakal. The Americans will face a stellar international cast that includes Japan’s Casino Drive, winner of last year’s Peter Pan (GII), and 2007 UAE Triple Crown winner Asiatic Boy, the runner-up to Curlin in last year’s World Cup.

            The Dubai World Cup, scheduled as the seventh race at 1:30 p.m., culminates the action-packed program.  The first import will be the $1 million Godolphin Mile (GII), which is carded as the second race at 9:40 a.m., and is followed by the $2 million UAE Derby (GII) at 10:15 a.m.; the $2 million Dubai Golden Shaheen (GI) at 10:55 a.m.; the $5 million Dubai Duty Free (GI) at 11:55 a.m.; the $5 million Dubai Sheema Classic (GI) at 12:40 p.m.; and Dubai World Cup. Win, Place, Exacta, Trifecta, Superfecta and Pick 3 wagering will be offered.

            The 1 1/8-mile UAE Derby is an important steppingstone to Kentucky Derby 135 for Godolphin’s UAE 2,000 Guineas champ Desert Party, who’ll be ridden by Frankie Dettori. The prominent global outfit will also start Regal Ransom and Jose Adan.

            Other familiar Northern American stars scheduled to run on the program are Archipenko (Duty Free), Black Seventeen (Golden Shaheen), Diabolical (Golden Shaheen), Doctor Dino (Sheema Classic), Gayego (Godolphin Mile), Hyperbaric (Duty Free), Indian Blessing (Golden Shaheen), Kip Deville (Duty Free), Marsh Side (Sheema Classic), Quijano (Sheema Classic), Red Rocks (Sheema Classic), Tiz Now Tiz Then (Godolphin Mile) and Two Step Salsa (Godolphin Mile).

            The roster of winners for the 1 ¼-mile Dubai World Cup includes Cigar (1996), Singspiel (1997), Silver Charm (1998), Dubai Millennium (2000), Captain Steve (2001), Street Cry (2002), Pleasantly Perfect (2004), Roses in May (2005), Invasor (2007) and Curlin (2008).

            Trackside at Churchill Downs will offer free general admission from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday. After 11:30 a.m., general admission is $3, but only $1 for Twin Spires Club members and seniors.  Also, a $4.75 breakfast special – featuring eggs, sausage or bacon, biscuits and gravy, hash browns and coffee or juice – will be on sale in the ITW food court on the second floor of the clubhouse.

Later in the afternoon, Churchill Downs also will simulcast the Florida Derby Day program from Gulfstream Park with the important Grade I race scheduled as Race 10 at 5:44 p.m.

            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 135th running of the Kentucky Derby on May 2, 2009. The track’s 2009 Spring Meet will take place from April 25 through July 5. Churchill Downs is scheduled to host the Breeders’ Cup World Championships for a record seventh time on Nov. 5 and 6, 2010. Information about Churchill Downs can be found on the Internet at www.churchilldowns.com.

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Churchill Downs To Open at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 29 for Dubai World Cup Simulcast

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (March 26, 2008) – Trackside at Churchill Downs will open early at 9 a.m. (all times Eastern) on Saturday, March 29, to import the six lucrative stakes races that comprise the 13th annual Dubai World Cup program from Nad Al Sheba Race Course in the United Arab Emirates.

 

The $21 million extravaganza is anchored by the world’s richest race, the $6 million Dubai World Cup (Group I), which lured North America’s reigning “Horse of the Year” Curlin.

The Dubai World Cup, scheduled as the seventh race at 1:30 p.m., culminates the action-packed program. The first import will be the $1 million Godolphin Mile (GII), which is carded as the second race at 9:40 a.m., and is followed by the $2 million UAE Derby (GI) at 10:15 a.m.; the $2 million Dubai Golden Shaheen (GI) at 10:55 a.m.; the $5 million Dubai Duty Free (GI) at 11:55 a.m.; the $5 million Dubai Sheema Classic (GI) at 12:40 p.m.; and Dubai World Cup. Win, Exacta, Trifecta and Pick 3 wagering will be offered.

Trackside at Churchill Downs will offer free general admission until 11:30 a.m. on Saturday. After 11:30 a.m., general admission is $2, but only $1 for Twin Spires Club members and seniors. Also, a $4.75 breakfast special – featuring eggs, sausage or bacon, biscuits and gravy, hash browns and coffee or juice – will be on sale in the food court on the second floor of the clubhouse.

Large fields have gathered for the Dubai World Cup program as 86 horses were entered Wednesday, including 13 for the marquee event. In addition to the Steve Asmussen-trained Curlin, who landed post 12, the Dubai World Cup attracted Clark Handicap (GII) champ A.P. Arrow, Great Hunter and Well Armed.

The roster of winners for the 1 ¼-mile Dubai World Cup includes Cigar (1996), Singspiel (1997), Silver Charm (1998), Dubai Millennium (2000), Captain Steve (2001), Street Cry (2002), Pleasantly Perfect (2004), Roses in May (2005) and Invasor (2007).

Other U.S.-based stars expected to compete on the Dubai World Cup undercard include Barbecue Eddie (Dubai Golden Shaheen), Barcola (Godolphin Mile), Benny the Bull (Golden Shaheen), Better Talk Now (Dubai Sheema Classic), Bushwacker (Dubai Golden Shaheen), Diamond Stripes (Godolphin Mile), Esperamos (Dubai Golden Shaheen), Idiot Proof (Dubai Golden Shaheen), Massive Drama (UAE Derby), Notional (Godolphin Mile), and Spring House (Dubai Sheema Classic).

In addition to Massive Drama, the 1 1/8-mile UAE Derby attracted Triple Crown nominees Numaany, a Godolphin runner who won at Aqueduct last fall, and the Jeremy Noseda-trained Strike the Deal, who was fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf.

Later on Saturday afternoon, Kentucky Derby 134 hopefuls will contest the $1 million Florida Derby (GI) at Gulfstream Park. Featured participants in the 1 1/8-mile race include Big Brown, Elysium Fields and Hey Byrn.

Customers planning to attend Trackside at Churchill Downs on Saturday are recommended to enter the facility via Taylor Boulevard. Nearby roadways, including Central Avenue between Third and Fourth Streets, are scheduled for closure between 7 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to accommodate the Papa John’s 10 Miler.

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 is set for 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.