Churchill Downs Incorporated Statement on Recovery of Kentucky Derby Winner Barbaro Following Leg Surgery

Churchill Downs Incorporated (“CDI”) President and Chief Executive Officer Thomas H. Meeker today issued the following statement on the recovery of Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro, who underwent surgery on Sunday to repair three broken bones in his rear right leg. Barbaro sustained the injuries during the May 20 running of the Grade I Preakness Stakes in Baltimore, Md.

“The entire Churchill Downs family of racetracks sends its hopes and prayers for Barbaro’s safe and speedy recovery to the horse’s owners and breeders Roy and Gretchen Jackson, to trainer Michael Matz and to jockey Edgar Prado and their respective families. We also wish to express our gratitude to Dr. Dean Richardson and the entire team at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine’s New Bolton Center for the professional and compassionate care offered to Barbaro following his injury.

"Barbaro and his connections are now part of our Kentucky Derby family. I know I speak for CDI team members and horse racing fans across the country in expressing our sincere desire to see Barbaro recover and enjoy a long and healthy retirement.”

Churchill Downs Incorporated, headquartered in Louisville, Ky., owns and operates world-renowned horse racing venues throughout the United States. CDI’s six racetracks in Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Louisiana host many of North America’s most prestigious races, including the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks, Arlington Million, Princess Rooney Handicap, Louisiana Derby and Indiana Derby. CDI racetracks have hosted six Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships. CDI also owns off-track betting facilities and has interests in various television production, telecommunications and racing services companies that support CDI’s network of simulcasting and racing operations. CDI trades on the NASDAQ National Market under the symbol CHDN and can be found on the Internet at