Churchill Downs Helps Horse Racing Fans Send 'Get Well' Wishes to Kentucky Derby Winner Barbaro

This week, Churchill Downs racetrack will help horse racing fans around the country send their “get well” wishes to Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro as the 3-year-old horse recovers from surgery to repair a leg injury he experienced Saturday, May 20, during the Grade I Preakness Stakes in Baltimore, Md.

Churchill Downs team members will position giant “Get Well” cards at two racetrack gates - Gate 10 located off Longfield Avenue and Gate 17 located off Central Avenue - beginning Wednesday, May 24, and invite track customers and members of the general public to sign the cards and share their wishes for Barbaro’s recovery with the horse and his connections. Once signed, Churchill Downs will send the giant cards along with a care package to the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine’s New Bolton Center where Barbaro is recuperating from surgery to repair three broken bones in his right rear leg. Barbaro was injured after taking a bad step during early stages of the Preakness Stakes last weekend.

Additionally, Churchill Downs has created a special “Get Well Barbaro” section on the official Kentucky Derby Web site,, where race fans can check the latest news updates on Barbaro’s progress and send electronic greetings to the horse as well as Barbaro’s owners and breeders Roy and Gretchen Jackson, his trainer Michael Matz and his jockey Edgar Prado through the following e-mail address:

“We know race fans around the world are pulling for Barbaro and wishing him a full and speedy recovery,” said Churchill Downs President Steve Sexton. “While Barbaro’s career as a racehorse is now behind him, he is and will always be a Kentucky Derby winner and part of our Churchill Downs family. We encourage race fans to join our team in sending their thoughts and well wishes to Barbaro and his connections.”

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 133rd running of the Kentucky Derby on May 5, 2007. The track’s 2006 Spring Meet will continue through July 16 and its Fall Meet is set for Oct. 29-Nov. 25. Churchill Downs has served as host to the Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships a record five times and will host the event again on Nov. 4, 2006. Information about Churchill Downs can be found on the Internet at