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.

The 26th annual Red Smith Kentucky Derby Writing Contest is open to any member of the print media who covered the 134th Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I). Entries will be accepted in the following categories:

<!--[if !supportLists]-->* <!--[endif]-->Kentucky Derby advance

<!--[if !supportLists]-->* <!--[endif]-->Kentucky Derby feature

<!--[if !supportLists]-->* <!--[endif]-->Sunday wrap-up

<!--[if !supportLists]-->* <!--[endif]-->Monday wrap-up

Entries should be submitted via e-mail to [email protected] or mailed to Communications, Attn.: Darren Rogers, Churchill Downs, 700 Central Avenue, Louisville, KY 40208. Entries must be e-mailed or postmarked no later than Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2008, and must be accompanied by a note or letter that includes the reporter’s name, contact information, and entry category. No entry fee is required.

The awards are named in honor of Walter W. “Red” Smith, a legendary Pulitzer Prize-winning sportswriter and columnist who was best known for his work with the New York Herald Tribune and New York Times. Churchill Downs established the contest in 1983, one year after Smith’s death.

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 2008 Fall Meet is scheduled for Oct. 26 through Nov. 29. Churchill Downs has hosted the Breeders’ Cup World Championships a record six times. Information about Churchill Downs can be found on the Internet at

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