Churchill Downs to Honor Barbaro, Jacksons' During Winner's Circle Tribute on Kentucky Derby Day, May 5

Representatives from Churchill Downs racetrack will honor the late Kentucky Derby 132 winner, Barbaro, and pay tribute to and his owners, Roy and Gretchen Jackson, during a special winner’s circle ceremony on Kentucky Derby Day, May 5. The ceremony will take place in the track’s everyday winner circle between Races 6 and 7 during the Kentucky Derby Day race card, at approximately 2:30 p.m. EDT.

The Jacksons, who will attend the 133rd renewals of the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby as honored guests of Churchill Downs, will be recognized for their outstanding dedication to Barbaro, who suffered a life-threatening injury in the Preakness Stakes on May 20, 2006, and was humanely euthanized in January 2007 after developing the often fatal hoof disease laminitis and other complications related to his original injury. During the eight months that Barbaro received veterinary treatment at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center, the Jacksons never wavered in their commitment to ensure that Barbaro received the best of care, regardless of the expense, and they graciously shared Barbaro’s story with millions of racing fans worldwide through regular and open communication with the members of the media and public.

“Roy and Gretchen Jackson achieved racing’s highest honor when their homebred, Barbaro, claimed the roses in last year’s Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands,” said Churchill Downs President Steve Sexton. “While winning America’s greatest race is an amazing feat, the Jacksons and their brave horse proved themselves true champions in the way they handled their greatest setback following the Preakness Stakes.

“Barbaro became ‘America’s horse’ because the Jacksons opened their hearts to racing fans around the nation who hoped and prayed that Barbaro would enjoy a full recovery,” continued Sexton. “Even when Barbaro’s struggle came to an end, the Jacksons allowed his many followers to mourn with them. Through all of the highs and lows, Roy and Gretchen Jackson set an outstanding example for horse owners throughout our industry. They always put Barbaro’s best interests first. We are honored to count the Jacksons among our Kentucky Derby family and look forward to thanking them personally for their courageous and compassionate efforts on behalf of Barbaro during our 2007 Kentucky Derby Day celebration.”

The winner’s circle ceremony honoring the Jacksons and Barbaro will begin with a video replay of Barbaro’s stirring 6 ½-length Derby victory, which will be broadcast over Churchill Downs’ large infield video boards. The ceremony will also include a special tribute to Barbaro and the Jacksons from local school children, who have designed their own, unique way to remember the 2006 Kentucky Derby winner. Additionally, Churchill Downs Incorporated President and Chief Executive Officer Robert L. Evans will join Steve Sexton in presenting the Jacksons with a $25,000 donation from Churchill Downs Incorporated and its racetracks to the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (“NTRA”) Charities – Barbaro Memorial Fund. The Barbaro Memorial Fund is raising awareness and money for equine health and safety research in Barbaro’s name.

NTRA volunteers will be at Churchill Downs throughout Kentucky Derby week selling commemorative wristbands featuring the phrase “Riding With Barbaro.” The blue rubber bracelets, similar to the ones made popular by retired cyclist Lance Armstrong, will sell for $2 apiece with proceeds going to the Barbaro Memorial Fund. Wristbands will be sold at stations inside Gate 1 and 10 of the historic racetrack as well as inside the Marquee Village area outside Gate 10. NTRA volunteers will also vend the wristbands on foot throughout the track’s grandstand and clubhouse areas on Kentucky Oaks and Derby Days.

The NTRA Charities – Barbaro Memorial Fund will also benefit from a painting of Barbaro that will be created on Kentucky Derby Day in the Churchill Downs paddock by well-known artist Susan Sommer-Luarca. The artist, who will allow Derby Day patrons to watch as she recreates the likeness of the Kentucky Derby 132 winner, has arranged for Barbaro’s jockey, Edgar Prado, to sign the portrait, which will then be donated to the NTRA to be auctioned to benefit the Barbaro Memorial Fund.

Prior to the on-track remembrance, Roy and Gretchen Jackson will participate in a book signing of the official Churchill Downs-licensed book Kentucky Derby 132 Review, a pictorial essay that encapsulates Barbaro’s unforgettable run for the roses. The book signing, sponsored by publisher Moonlight Press, will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT in the Churchill Downs Store behind Gate 17, adjacent to the Churchill Downs paddock.

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 133rd running of the Kentucky Derby on May 5, 2007. The track’s 2007 Spring Meet is set for April 28 through July 8. Churchill Downs has hosted the Breeders’ Cup World Championships a record six times. Information about Churchill Downs can be found on the Internet at

The NTRA Charities - Barbaro Memorial Fund was created to raise awareness and money for equine health and safety research in the name of 2006 Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands winner Barbaro, whose gallant struggle to overcome a catastrophic injury captivated horse enthusiasts around the world. Monies raised by the Barbaro Memorial Fund will support equine research projects, including those that focus on laminitis, the painful and often fatal hoof disease that plagued Barbaro for so much of his recuperative period following his injury in the 2006 Preakness Stakes. For additional information about the NTRA Charities - Barbaro Memorial Fund, please visit: