Churchill Downs to Shift Simulcast Wagering to Trackside Louisville

Apr 01, 2009 Darren Rogers

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

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