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 Vice President Tom Aronson, a member of the museum’s board of directors, formally presented the Churchill Downs grant to Lynn Ashton, the executive director of the Kentucky Derby Museum, in a brief ceremony on Wednesday, August 20 at the museum’s paddock.

The check represents a grant from Churchill Downs Incorporated Community Relations for Kentucky Derby Museum education programs that benefit the more than 22,000 students from schools in the region who visit the museum each year.

“The Kentucky Derby has a grand tradition and is one of the world’s great sports events, and the Kentucky Derby Museum plays an invaluable role in continuing and strengthening that tradition,” said Aronson. “The Derby is rare in that it is as much a social and cultural celebration as it is a world class sports event. We are very happy to present this grant to aid the Kentucky Derby Museum in its wonderful work to carry the story of that rich tradition of the ‘Run for the Roses’ to students in our region.”

The Kentucky Derby Museum is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. Information on the museum is available on the Web at

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-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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