Grammy-nominated, platinum-selling recording artist Jordin Sparks will sing the national anthem prior to the 137th running of the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) on Saturday, May 7 at Churchill Downs.

            Sparks, a 21-year-old native of Phoenix, Ariz., will sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” around 5:10 p.m. ET following the running of the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (GI). The performance will be carried live on NBC Sports’ coverage of Kentucky Derby 137 which airs 4-7 p.m. ET.

            Jordin Sparks has released two albums since her “American Idol” win at age 17. Her self-titled debut and sophomore albums, Battlefield (19 recordings/Jive Records) feature such chart-topping hits as “Tattoo,” “No Air,” “Battlefield” and “One Step At A Time” and have sold more than 1.6 million copies worldwide. Sparks has received American Music, People’s Choice and Teen Choice awards as well as Grammy and multiple MTV VMA nominations. She also has toured extensively with Alicia Keys, the Jonas Brothers and Britney Spears and in 2010 did her first headlining tour. Sparks will release a new single in coming weeks and join as a special guest on the New Kids on the Block/Backstreet Boys North American tour that kicks off May 25.

            More information about Jordin Sparks can be found at www.jordinsparks.com.

The Fort Knox Army Band, which has performed an instrumental version of the national anthem near the start of the race card, will continue to do so this year for the on-track crowd. General admission tickets to Kentucky Derby 137 ($40) and its companion event, Kentucky Oaks 137 ($25) can purchased online at www.churchilldowns.com/tickets.

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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