Churchill Downs Incorporated Reports 2007 Second-Quarter Results

Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ: CHDN) (“Churchill Downs” or “Company”) today reported results for the second quarter and six months ended June 30, 2007.

Net revenues from continuing operations for the second quarter of 2007 grew 4.1 percent to $169.9 million, compared to net revenues from continuing operations of $163.3 million during the second quarter of 2006. This growth occurred despite the fact that the number of race days during the second quarter declined by 3.8 percent from 132 days in 2006 to 127 days during the same period in 2007. Net revenues were positively impacted year over year primarily by the following:

· The launch of the Company’s account-wagering platform, www.twinspires.com in May 2007;
· The Company’s acquisitions of the AmericaTAB and Bloodstock Research Information Systems companies in June 2007;
· Increased seating and corporate hospitality revenues associated with the 2007 Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs racetrack; and
· Higher pari-mutuel revenues at Arlington Park, which the Company believes is partly attributable to increased field sizes related to Arlington’s installation of a synthetic racing surface in April 2007.

Net earnings from continuing operations during the second quarter of 2007 were $29.5 million, or $2.12 per diluted common share, compared to $34.8 million, or $2.56 per diluted common share, during the second quarter of 2006. The decrease in quarterly net earnings from continuing operations year over year is due primarily to the following factors:

· During the second quarter of 2006, the Company recognized $10.1 million of pre-tax insurance recoveries, net of impairment losses, related to storm damage that occurred at Fair Grounds Race Course and Calder Race Course during the summer and fall of 2005; and
· During the second quarter of 2007, the Company recorded share-based executive compensation costs of approximately $2.6 million, which are attributable to equity awards granted to the chief executive officer at the time of hiring and approved during the annual meeting of Churchill Downs shareholders on June 28, 2007.

The additional second-quarter costs were partially offset by the Company’s gain on the sale of excess land surrounding its Quad City Downs off-track betting (“OTB”) location in northern Illinois for $1.7 million. The Company’s EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) from continuing operations decreased year over year due to the storm-related insurance recoveries of $10.1 million that were recorded during the second quarter of 2006.

President and Chief Executive Officer Robert L. Evans said the Company achieved solid financial results during the quarter, which included the implementation of several strategic initiatives. “During the second quarter of 2007, our Company grew net revenues from continuing operations while also launching our new account-wagering service, www.twinspires.com; acquiring three additional account-wagering platforms, www.winticket.com, www.BrisBET.com and www.TsnBET.com and their affiliated data services companies; devoting time and resources to the execution of HorseRacing TV™ and Track Net Media Group LLC, two business ventures we announced late in the first quarter; hosting another successful Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks; and unveiling a new synthetic racing surface at Arlington Park that we believe has positively affected on- and off-track results there,” said Evans. “Total second-quarter handle was lower year over year due to the fact that we had five fewer race days during the quarter and two account-wagering providers, a major rebate operator and wagering outlets affiliated with the Choctaw Nation were not accepting wagers on races at Churchill Downs racetrack. However, our net pari-mutuel revenues from continuing operations were still up 2.6 percent. That increase is due to the higher host fees charged to account-wagering companies for our racing products by TrackNet Media Group LLC. The end result has been higher revenues through account-wagering channels for horsemen and our tracks, which together create the horse racing content our customers enjoy.

“During the quarter, we witnessed the positive impact of our entry into the account-wagering business and made progress on two alternative gaming initiatives. Calder Race Course and its pari-mutuel partners in South Florida successfully placed a local voter referendum on slot machine gaming for existing pari-mutuel facilities in Miami-Dade County on the ballot for Jan. 29, 2008. Additionally, Fair Grounds Race Course is constructing its temporary slot machine gaming facility and is on schedule to open that operation later this fall. Fair Grounds is also moving forward this summer with the construction of its permanent facility, which is scheduled to open in the fall of 2008.”

Evans concluded, “We did much to move our business forward strategically and financially during the second quarter, while continuing to deliver value to our shareholders. During the second half of the year, we look forward to further growth in our account-wagering business, to adding slot machine gaming to our product offerings in Louisiana, and to making further progress on reducing our overall cost structure.”

A conference call regarding this release is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2007, at 9 a.m. EDT. Investors and other interested parties may listen to the teleconference by accessing the online, real-time webcast and broadcast of the call at www.churchilldownsincorporated.com or www.earnings.com, or by dialing (617) 597-5393 and entering the pass code 27205687 at least 10 minutes before the appointed time. The online replay will be available at approximately noon EDT and continue for two weeks. A two-week telephonic replay will be available one hour after the call ends by dialing (888) 286-8010 and entering 28319006 when prompted for the access code. A copy of this news release announcing quarterly results and relevant financial and statistical information about the period will be accessible at www.churchilldownsincorporated.com.

In addition to the results provided in accordance with U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“GAAP”), the Company has provided a non-GAAP measurement, which presents a financial measure of earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”). Churchill Downs uses EBITDA as a key performance measure of results of operations for purposes of evaluating performance internally. The Company believes the use of this measure enables management and investors to evaluate and compare, from period to period, Churchill Downs’ operating performance in a meaningful and consistent manner. This non-GAAP measurement is not intended to replace the presentation of Churchill Downs’ financial results in accordance with GAAP.

Churchill Downs Incorporated (“Churchill Downs”), headquartered in Louisville, Ky., owns and operates world-renowned horse racing venues throughout the United States. Churchill Downs’ four racetracks in Florida, Illinois, Kentucky and Louisiana host many of North America’s most prestigious races, including the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks, Arlington Million, Princess Rooney Handicap and Louisiana Derby. Churchill Downs racetracks have hosted seven Breeders’ Cup World Championships. Churchill Downs also owns off-track betting facilities and has interests in various advance-deposit wagering, television production, telecommunications and racing services companies, including a 50-percent interest in the national cable and satellite network HorseRacing TV™, that support the Company’s network of simulcasting and racing operations. Churchill Downs trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol CHDN and can be found on the Internet at www.churchilldownsincorporated.com.

Information set forth in this news release contains various “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the “Act”) provides certain “safe harbor” provisions for forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements made in this news release are made pursuant to the Act. The reader is cautioned that such forward-looking statements are based on information available at the time and/or management’s good faith belief with respect to future events, and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual performance or results to differ materially from those expressed in the statements. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date the statement was made. We assume no obligation to update forward-looking information to reflect actual results, changes in assumptions or changes in other factors affecting forward-looking information. Forward-looking statements are typically identified by the use of terms such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “might,” “plan,” “predict,” “project,” “should,” “will,” and similar words, although some forward-looking statements are expressed differently. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, we can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from expectations include: the effect of global economic conditions; the effect (including possible increases in the cost of doing business) resulting from future war and terrorist activities or political uncertainties; the economic environment; the impact of increasing insurance costs; the impact of interest rate fluctuations; the effect of any change in our accounting policies or practices; the financial performance of our racing operations; the impact of gaming competition (including lotteries and riverboat, cruise ship and land-based casinos) and other sports and entertainment options in those markets in which we operate; the impact of live racing day competition with other Florida and Louisiana racetracks within those respective markets; costs associated with our efforts in support of alternative gaming initiatives; costs associated with customer relationship management initiatives; a substantial change in law or regulations affecting pari-mutuel and gaming activities; a substantial change in allocation of live racing days; changes in Illinois law that impact revenues of racing operations in Illinois; the presence of wagering facilities of Indiana racetracks near our operations; our continued ability to effectively compete for the country’s top horses and trainers necessary to field high-quality horse racing; our continued ability to grow our share of the interstate simulcast market; our ability to execute our acquisition strategy and to complete or successfully operate planned expansion projects; our ability to successfully complete any divestiture transaction; our ability to execute on our temporary and permanent slot facilities in Louisiana; market reaction to our expansion projects; the loss of our totalisator companies or their inability to provide us assurance of the reliability of their internal control processes through Statement on Auditing Standards No. 70 audits or to keep their technology current; the need for various alternative gaming approvals in Louisiana; our accountability for environmental contamination; the loss of key personnel; the impact of natural disasters, including Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma on our operations and our ability to adjust the casualty losses through our property and business interruption insurance coverage; any business disruption associated with a natural disaster and/or its aftermath; our ability to integrate businesses we acquire, including our ability to maintain revenues at historic levels and achieve anticipated cost savings; the impact of wagering laws, including changes in laws or enforcement of those laws by regulatory agencies; the effect of claims of third parties to intellectual property rights; and the volatility of our stock price.