Churchill Downs Incorporated Activates Information 'Hotline' for Fair Grounds Employees Displaced by Hurricane Katrina

Churchill Downs Incorporated (“CDI” or “Company”) (NASDAQ: CHDN) has activated a toll-free information hotline for its Louisiana employees displaced by Hurricane Katrina.

The CDI Louisiana Employee Hotline has been established as a means for employees of Fair Grounds Race Course, Finish Line Off-Track Betting facilities and Video Services Inc., which manages the Company’s video poker operations in southeast Louisiana, to contact CDI’s corporate office directly for information on payroll, benefits and immediate assistance in their time of need. CDI employs approximately 500 full-time team members through its racetrack, OTB and video poker operations in the Greater New Orleans area, which was impacted by Hurricane Katrina earlier this week.

“We are very concerned about the health and welfare of our many team members and their families who are scattered across the country, seeking refuge with relatives, friends and in shelters,” said Thomas H. Meeker, CDI’s president and chief executive officer. “In order to provide immediate assistance to them, we need to first locate them, and we are asking for the assistance of our employees at CDI facilities across the country, as well as local and regional media, in publicizing this toll-free hotline so our Louisiana team members know how to reach us.”

Louisiana employees who call the CDI Louisiana Employee Hotline will be asked to provide important contact information and will be put in touch with corporate human resources representatives who can assist them. The CDI Louisiana Employee Hotline will be manned 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

CDI Louisiana Employee Hotline
(877) 244-5536
Open Monday-Sunday, 24 hours a day

Churchill Downs Incorporated, headquartered in Louisville, Ky., owns and operates world-renowned horse racing venues throughout the United States. The Company’s racetracks in California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Louisiana host 121 graded-stakes events and many of North America’s most prestigious races, including the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks, Hollywood Gold Cup and Arlington Million. CDI racetracks have hosted nine Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships – more than any other North American racing company. 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