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Special Kentucky Oaks Only Tickets Put On Sale

| Churchill Downs | 04/27/2011 #

Thanks to a special partnership among three groups associated with the “Ladies First” theme of Kentucky Oaks Day, a select number of one-day only tickets for Friday, May 6 in Section 125 were put on sale for $74 on Wednesday afternoon. The tickets are available exclusively online on a first-come, first-serve basis at www.churchilldowns.com/oaksonly.

            There is a purchase limit of six seats per person while supplies last. Minimal ticket processing charges will apply.

            Kentucky Oaks 137, the Kentucky Derby’s $1 million companion race for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/8 miles, will 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. The event will be televised nationally on VERSUS from 5-6 p.m. ET.

            In addition to Komen, other groups who helped make the reserved seats available are Horses & Hope and Chambord.

            Horses & 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.

            The Chambord Kentucky Oaks Fashion Contest is open to all ladies in attendance on Oaks Day with the winner receiving an all-expense VIP trip for two to Fashion Week in New York City. For each person who walks the “Pink Carpet,” Chambord will donate $10 to the National Breast Cancer Coalition. Iconic fashion designer Betsey Johnson will serve as a judge for the final, which will take place inside the Aristides Garden between the seventh and eighth races at approximately 2:15 p.m. ET.

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: CHDN) also operates Trackside at Churchill Downs, which offers year-round simulcast wagering at the historic track. Churchill Downs will conduct the 137th running of the Kentucky Derby on May 7, 2011. The track’s 2010 Spring Meet is scheduled for April 30-July 4, 2011. Churchill Downs has hosted the Breeders’ Cup World Championships a record seven times and the event will return to the track for its next renewal on Nov. 4-5, 2011. Information about Churchill Downs can be found on the Internet at www.churchilldowns.com.

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