Ginny Tzotzolas named General Manager of Riverwalk Casino Hotel

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Jan. 16, 2014) – Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI or Company) (NASDAQ: CHDN) announced that Ginny Tzotzolas, who has served as Acting General Manager since March of 2013, has been named General Manager of CDI’s Riverwalk Casino Hotel (Riverwalk,) in Vicksburg, Miss.

Tzotzolas will report directly to Austin Miller, CDI’s Senior Vice President of Gaming Operations.

“Ginny has done a great job leading the Riverwalk team over the last several months as Acting General Manager.  She understands what it takes to be a market leader in a competitive environment and has the team there very focused on providing guests with a great gaming and entertainment experience,” Miller said.

As a member of the opening team, Ginny has been with Riverwalk since May of 2008, starting as the Director of Marketing. In September of 2012, she was promoted to Vice President of Operations and to Acting General Manager in March of 2013. Prior to her service with Riverwalk, she worked for Columbia Sussex as a Regional Director of Marketing and for Harrah’s in Food & Beverage and Player Development.

Tzotzolas, a native of Ocean City, N.J., previously served on the board of directors for Vicksburg Main Street Program, the local chapter of the American Red Cross and Vicksburg Riverfest. Tzotzolas was also instrumental in starting Riverwalk’s Bras for Breast Cancer charitable event, which to date has raised over $70,000 for cancer research and awareness.

ABOUT CHURCHILL DOWNS INCORPORATED
Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI) (NASDAQ: CHDN), headquartered in Louisville, Ky., owns and operates the world-renowned Churchill Downs Racetrack, home of the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks, as well as racetrack and casino operations and a poker room in Miami Gardens, Fla.; racetrack, casino and video poker operations in New Orleans, La.; racetrack operations in Arlington Heights, Ill.; a casino resort in Greenville, Miss.; a casino hotel in Vicksburg, Miss.; a casino in Oxford, Maine; and a 50 percent owned joint venture, Miami Valley Gaming and Racing LLC, in southwest Ohio. CDI also owns the country's premier online wagering company, TwinSpires.com; the totalisator company, United Tote; Luckity.com, offering real-money Bingo online for a chance to win cash prizes; Bluff Media, an Atlanta-based multimedia poker company; and a collection of racing-related telecommunications and data companies. Additional information about CDI can be found online at www.churchilldownsincorporated.com.

ABOUT RIVERWALK
Riverwalk Casino Hotel, located on 22 acres of land on the Mississippi River in Vicksburg, less than one mile from Interstate 20, features a 25,000-square-foot single-level gaming floor with 723 Class III slot machines and 18 table games; a five-story, 80-room attached hotel; a 5,600-square-foot multi-functional event center overlooking the river; and two separate dining areas. Of the 19 Mississippi casinos located along the Mississippi River, Riverwalk was one of the two facilities that were not forced to close in 2011 due to record flooding.

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