Churchill Downs Racetrack Unveils Official 2023 Art of the Kentucky Derby® by International Artist Romero Britto

New Piece from Iconic Artist Brings Vibrant, Modern Style to Classic Kentucky Derby Scene

 LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022) – Churchill Downs Racetrack today released the 2023 “Official Art of the Kentucky Derby” by renowned international artist, Romero Britto. Considered one of the most celebrated living artists in the world, Britto uses a bold, vibrant aesthetic to evoke a sense of fun and happiness in each of his pieces. From his roots in Brazil to his current home in Miami, Britto has traveled around the world, bringing joy and inspiration to millions with his fresh, colorful work.

Britto’s artwork for the 149th Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve highlights his iconic approach of mixing bright colors with unique patterns. With sparkling, textured accents and elements of pop graphics, the art features subtle details that bring the racetrack scene to life, highlighting the energy and excitement of the Derby in a modern way.

“The Kentucky Derby has such a rich history, and we are thrilled to collaborate with Romero Britto to commemorate the 149th running with artwork that brings a modern perspective to our longstanding tradition,” said Casey C. Ramage, VP of Marketing and Partnerships, Churchill Downs. “Working with an icon like Britto is an exciting opportunity for us to connect with new fans around the globe through this visually compelling representation of the fun and exhilaration of the Derby experience.”

In addition to creating the “Official Art of the Kentucky Derby,” Britto will also attend this year’s event to watch the race and participate in a variety of the week’s special activities, including sitting on the judging panel for the Longines Kentucky Oaks Fashion Contest.

“I’m honored to partner with Churchill Downs to unveil the official art of this year’s Kentucky Derby and celebrate this spectacular occasion,” said international artist, Romero Britto. “The race is such an iconic and fun event that no one better than Britto to create a masterpiece that elicits the happiness and passion associated with it,” added Lucas Vidal, CEO of the BRITTO organization.

Britto’s “Official Art of the Kentucky Derby” will be featured on the 2023 Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks official racing programs and a variety of merchandise. 1,000 limited-edition prints will be available for purchase starting today, December 6, 2022, at 10:00am ET at www.KentuckyDerbyStore.com. All other items will be available for purchase beginning in late February.

 

ABOUT THE KENTUCKY DERBY

The$3 millionKentucky Derby takes place on the first Saturday in May at historic Churchill Downs inLouisville, Kentucky. Inaugurated in 1875, the legendary 1 1/4-mile race for three-year-olds is the longest continually-held major sporting event inNorth Americaand the first leg of horse racing's Triple Crown series. Also known as, "The Run for the Roses" and "The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports," the Kentucky Derby is the most attended horserace in the nation. The 149th Kentucky Derby will take place on May 6, 2023. For more information, please visit www.KentuckyDerby.com.

ABOUT CHURCHILL DOWNS RACETRACK
Churchill Downs Racetrack (“CDRT”), the world’s most legendary racetrack, has been the home of The Kentucky Derby, the longest continually held annual sporting event in the United States, since 1875. Located in Louisville, CDRT features a series of themed race days during Derby Week, including the Kentucky Oaks, and conducts Thoroughbred horse racing during three race meets in the Spring, September, and the Fall. CDRT is located on 175 acres and has a one-mile dirt track, a 7/8-mile turf track, a stabling area, and provides seating for approximately 60,000 guests. The saddling paddock and the stable area has barns sufficient to accommodate 1,400 horses and 114-room dormitory for backstretch personnel. CDRT also has a year-round simulcast wagering facility. www.ChurchillDowns.com

ABOUT ROMERO BRITTO
Romero Britto, the founder of the Happy Art Movement, is an internationally renowned artist who has created an iconic visual language of happiness, fun, love, and hope all its own inspiring millions worldwide. Brazilian-born and Miami-made, Romero has made it to the top and is considered one of the most famous and celebrated living visual artists in the globe. Britto is also the most licensed artist in history and has transcended the arts world by creating a lifestyle brand, BRITTO®. © 2022 Britto Central, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Although we believe that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, we can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. Important factors, among others, that may materially affect actual results or outcomes include the following: the impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, including the emergence of variant strains, and related economic matters on our results of operations, financial conditions and prospects; the occurrence of extraordinary events, such as terrorist attacks, public health threats, civil unrest, and inclement weather; the effect of economic conditions on our consumers' confidence and discretionary spending or our access to credit; including the impact of inflation; additional or increased taxes and fees; the impact of significant competition, and the expectation the competition levels will increase; changes in consumer preferences, attendance, wagering, and sponsorships; loss of key or highly skilled personnel; lack of confidence in the integrity of our core businesses or any deterioration in our reputation; risks associated with equity investments, strategic alliances and other third-party agreements; inability to respond to rapid technological changes in a timely manner; concentration and evolution of slot machine and HRM manufacturing and other technology conditions that could impose additional costs; inability to negotiate agreements with industry constituents, including horsemen and other racetracks; inability to identify and / or complete or fully realize the benefits of acquisitions, divestitures, development of new venues or the expansion of existing facilities on time, on budget, or as planned; general risks related to real estate ownership and significant expenditures, including fluctuations in market values and environmental regulations; reliance on our technology services and catastrophic events and system failures disrupting our operations; online security risk, including cyber-security breaches, or loss or misuse of our stored information as a result of a breach, including customers’ personal information, could lead to government enforcement actions or other litigation; personal injury litigation related to injuries occurring at our racetracks; compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act or applicable money-laundering regulations; payment-related risks, such as risk associated with fraudulent credit card and debit card use; work stoppages and labor issues; risks related to pending or future legal proceedings and other actions; highly regulated operations and changes in the regulatory environment could adversely affect our business; restrictions in our debt facilities limiting our flexibility to operate our business; failure to comply with the financial ratios and other covenants in our debt facilities and other indebtedness; and increase in our insurance costs, or obtain similar insurance coverage in the future, and inability to recover under our insurance policies for damages sustained at our properties in the event of inclement weather and casualty events.

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Series Modifications Include Points Awarded to Top 5 Finishing Positions;

Significance of Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and Select Late Prep Season Races Increased

 LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Friday, Sept. 16, 2022) – Churchill Downs Racetrack officials have made slight modifications to the Road to the Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve. Points will now be awarded to the Top 5 finishing positions in qualifying races, and the significance of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and select races traditionally run in late January have been increased.

The Road to the Kentucky Derby, a series of select races that award a sliding scale of points to the top finishing positions, has determined preference for its 20-horse Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve (Grade I) field since 2013. The 1 ¼-mile classic for 3-year-old Thoroughbreds will be run at the historic Louisville, Ky. racetrack for the 149th consecutive year on Saturday, May 6, 2023.

The expansion of points awarded in qualifying races has been implemented to grow “Derby Fever” for more horses and ownership groups, which could potentially increase field size in Kentucky Derby Championship Series races in advance of the Derby.

Most Kentucky Derby Prep Season races will now award points on a sliding scale of 10-4-3-2-1. Previously, those races had been worth 10-4-2-1 since the inaugural qualifying points system was instituted for the 2013 Kentucky Derby.

Points awarded in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, which will be run this year at Keeneland on Nov. 4, will be increased from 20-8-4-2 to 30-12-9-6-3 in order to differentiate what has historically been a high quality Grade I race from others during the Prep Season.

Also, select Prep Season races that traditionally serve as steppingstones to the Kentucky Derby Championship Series have been elevated from 10-4-2-1 to 20-8-6-4-2 in an effort to increase the importance and awareness of these races and to incentivize horses to potentially begin their 3-year-old campaigns earlier in the season.

The elevated Prep Season races are the Lecomte (Fair Grounds), Southwest (Oaklawn Park), Withers (Aqueduct), Holy Bull (Gulfstream Park), Robert B. Lewis (Santa Anita), Sam F. Davis (Tampa Bay Downs) and John Battaglia Memorial (Turfway Park).

“We believe these modifications adhere to and amplify our goal of assembling the finest group of 3-year-olds in the starting gate for a race at the classic distance of 1 ¼ miles on the first Saturday in May,” said Mike Ziegler, Vice President and General Manager for Churchill Downs Racetrack.

This is the 11th straight year that Churchill Downs has used a point system to determine entrants for its famed Kentucky Derby. At least 20 horses have entered the “Run for the Roses” in 21 of the last 24 years.

The Road to the Kentucky Derby will begin Saturday at the home of America’s greatest race as Churchill Downs stages the 41st running of the $300,000 Iroquois (Grade III) for 2-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles on opening weekend of its 14-day September Meet.

In addition to the primary 37-race Road to the Kentucky Derby series, there are two separate series that each carve out one spot for a potential horse from Europe and Japan.

HOW TO GET INTO THE KENTUCKY DERBY STARTING GATE – The Road to the Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve is a series of races that awards points to the Top 4 finishers in each race. The top 18 point earners will earn a spot in the starting gate for the 149th running of the Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve (Grade I), which is scheduled for Saturday, May 6, 2023. One invitation will be extended to the top point earners in the Europe Road to the Kentucky presented by Woodford Reserve and one invitation will be extended to the top point earners in the Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve. The Kentucky Derby field has been limited to 20 starters since 1975. At least 20 horses have entered the 1 ¼-mile race for 3-year-olds in 21 of the last 24 years.

2022-23 ROAD TO THE KENTUCKY DERBY SCHEDULE: 37 RACES

Kentucky Derby Prep Season

DateRaceRacetrackGradePurseDistance1st2nd3rd4th5th
Sept. 17, 2022IroquoisChurchill DownsIII$300,0001 1/16 M104321
Oct. 1, 2022ChampagneAqueductI$500,0001 M104321
Oct. 8, 2022Breeders’ FuturityKeenelandI$600,0001 1/16 M104321
Oct. 8, 2022American PharoahSanta AnitaI$300,0001 1/16 M104321
Nov. 4, 2022Breeders’ Cup JuvenileKeenelandI$2,000,0001 1/16 M3012963
Nov. 26, 2022Kentucky Jockey ClubChurchill DownsII$400,0001 1/16 M104321
*Dec. 3, 2022RemsenAqueductII*$250,0001 1/8 M104321
*Dec. 10, 2022Los Alamitos FuturityLos AlamitosII*$300,0001 1/16 M104321
Dec. 17, 2022Springboard MileRemington Park $400,0001 M104321
*Dec. 26, 2022Gun RunnerFair Grounds *$100,0001 1/16 M104321
*Jan. 1, 2023JeromeAqueduct *$150,0001 M104321
Jan. 1, 2023Smarty JonesOaklawn Park $250,0001 M104321
Jan. 8, 2023ShamSanta AnitaIII$100,0001 M104321
*Jan. 21, 2023LecomteFair GroundsIII*$200,0001 1/16 M208642
Jan. 28, 2023SouthwestOaklawn ParkIII$750,0001 1/16 M208642
*Feb. 4, 2023WithersAqueductIII*$250,0001 1/8 M208642
*Feb. 4, 2023Holy BullGulfstream ParkIII*$250,0001 1/16 M208642
Feb. 4, 2023Robert B. LewisSanta AnitaIII$200,0001 1/16 M208642
*Feb. 11, 2023Sam F. DavisTampa Bay DownsIII*$250,0001 1/16 M208642
*Feb. 11, 2023El Camino Real DerbyGolden Gate *$100,0001 1/8 M (AW)104321
*Feb. 25, 2023John Battaglia MemorialTurfway Park *$125,0001 1/16 M (AW)208642

Kentucky Derby Championship Series

*Feb. 18, 2023Risen StarFair GroundsII*$400,0001 1/8 M502015105
Feb. 25, 2023RebelOaklawn ParkII$1,000,0001 1/16 M502015105
*March 4, 2023GothamAqueductIII*$300,0001 M502015105
March 4, 2023San FelipeSanta AnitaII$400,0001 1/16 M502015105
*March 4, 2023Fountain of YouthGulfstream ParkII*$400,0001 1/16 M502015105
*March 11, 2023Tampa Bay DerbyTampa Bay DownsII*$400,0001 1/16 M502015105
*March 25, 2023UAE DerbyMeydan RacecourseII*$1,000,0001 3/16 M10040302010
*March 25, 2023Jeff Ruby SteaksTurfway ParkIII*$600,0001 1/8 M (AW)10040302010
*March 25, 2023Louisiana DerbyFair GroundsII*$1,000,0001 3/16 M10040302010
*March 26, 2023Sunland DerbySunland ParkIII*$500,0001 1/8 M502015105
*April 1, 2023Florida DerbyGulfstream ParkI*$1,000,0001 1/8 M10040302010
April 1, 2023Arkansas DerbyOaklawn ParkI$1,250,0001 1/8 M10040302010
*April 8, 2023Wood MemorialAqueductII*$750,0001 1/8 M10040302010
*April 8, 2023Blue GrassKeenelandI*$1,000,0001 1/8 M10040302010
April 8, 2023Santa Anita DerbySanta AnitaI$750,0001 1/8 M10040302010
*April 15, 2023LexingtonKeenelandIII*$400,0001 1/16 M208642

* = Race dates and distances to be announced by host track; date based on recent historical placement. … Schedule subject to change. … (AW) = Synthetic.

2022-23 EUROPEAN ROAD TO THE KENTUCKY DERBY SCHEDULE

EUROPEAN ROAD TO THE KENTUCKY DERBY – First staged in 2018, the “European Road to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve” is a stand-alone series that is separate from America’s “Road to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve” series. Only one invitation to compete in the Kentucky Derby will be extended with preference given to the horses with the most points in the “European Road to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve” series. No invitation will be extended beyond the Top 4 point earners but if a horse also qualifies through America’s “Road to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve” series, the invite will be extended to the next eligible horse. If two or more horses have the same number of points, the tiebreakers are earnings in non-restricted stakes races through April 15, 2023 followed by lifetime earnings through April 15, 2023. In the case of remaining ties, the additional starter(s) and/or also-eligible horses shall be determined by lot (aka a “shake”). Any points earned in America’s “Road to the Kentucky Derby” will be credited to the horse’s point total in the “European Road to the Kentucky Derby.” Since 1967, there have been 51 horses who previously raced outside North America and ran in the Kentucky Derby. Venezuela’s Canonero II won the 1971 Derby, while Bold Arrangement (GB), who was campaigned in Great Britain and France, finished second to Ferdinand in the 1986 renewal.

2022-23 EUROPEAN ROAD TO THE KENTUCKY DERBY SCHEDULE: 7 RACES

DateRaceRacetrackGradePurseDistance1st2nd3rd4th5th
Sept. 24, 2022Juddmonte Royal LodgeNewmarket (GB)II$168,0001 M (T)104321
Sept. 24, 2022Alan Smurfit Memorial

Beresford

Curragh (IRE)II$136,0001 M (T)104321
Oct. 2, 2022Qatar Prix Jean-Luc

Lagardère

Longchamp (FR)I$453,0007 F (T)104321
Oct. 22, 2022Vertem Futurity TrophyDoncaster (GB)I$270,0001 M (T)104321
*March 1, 2023Road to the Kentucky

Derby Condition Stakes

Kempton (GB) *$78,0001 M (AW)208642
*March 3, 2023PattonDundalk (IRE) *$39,0001 M (AW)208642
*March 30, 2023Cardinal Condition StakesChelmsford City

(GB)

 *$129,0001 M (AW)3012963

* = Race dates and distances to be announced by host track; date based on recent historical placement. … Schedule subject to change. … (T) = Turf … (AW) = Synthetic.

JAPAN ROAD TO THE KENTUCKY DERBY – First staged in 2017, the “Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve” is a stand-alone series that is separate from America’s “Road to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve” series. Only one invitation to compete in the Kentucky Derby will be extended with preference given to the horses with the most points in the “Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve” series. If a horse also qualifies through America’s “Road to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve” series, an additional invite could be extended. If two or more horses have the same number of points, the tiebreaker is lifetime earnings through April 15, 2023. In the case of remaining ties, the additional starter(s) and/or also-eligible horses shall be determined by lot (aka a “shake”). Any points earned in America’s “Road to the Kentucky Derby” will be credited to the horse’s point total in the “Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby.” Four horses based in Japan have run in the Kentucky Derby: Ski Captain (14th, 1995), Lani (9th, 2016), Master Fencer (JPN) (6th, 2019) and Crown Pride (JPN) (13th in 2022).

2022-23 JAPAN ROAD TO THE KENTUCKY DERBY SCHEDULE: 4 RACES

DateRaceRacetrackGradePurseDistance1st2nd3rd4th5th
Nov. 26, 2022CattleyaTokyo (JRA) *$272,0001 M104321
Dec. 14, 2022Zen-Nippon

Nisai Yushun

Kawasaki (NAR) *$627,0001 M208642
*Feb. 19, 2023HyacinthTokyo (JRA) *$318,0001 M3012963
*March 25, 2023FukuryuNakayama (JRA) *$282,0001 1/8 M40161284

* = Race dates and distances to be announced by host track; date based on recent historical placement. … Schedule subject to change.

HOW TO GET INTO THE KENTUCKY OAKS STARTING GATE – The Road to the Kentucky Oaks is a series that awards points to the Top 4 finishers in each race. The Top 14 point earners nominated to the Longines Kentucky Oaks will earn a spot in the starting gate for the 149th running of the Longines Kentucky Oaks (Grade I), which is scheduled for Friday, May 5, 2023. The 1 1/8-mile Oaks is the nation’s premier race for 3-year-old fillies. At least 14 horses have entered the in seven of the last eight years (a rescheduled September 2020 in the lone exception).

2022-23 ROAD TO THE KENTUCKY OAKS SCHEDULE: 32 RACES

DateRaceRacetrackGradePurseDistance1st2nd3rd4th5th
Sept. 17, 2022PocahontasChurchill DownsIII$300,0001 1/16 M104321
Oct. 2, 2022FrizetteAqueductI$400,0001 M104321
Oct. 7, 2022AlcibiadesKeenelandI$500,0001 1/16 M104321
Oct. 8, 2022ChandelierSanta AnitaII$200,0001 1/16 M104321
Nov. 4, 2022Breeders’ Cup Juv. FilliesKeenelandI$2,000,0001 1/16 M3012963
Nov. 26, 2022Golden RodChurchill DownsII$400,0001 1/16 M104321
*Dec. 3, 2022DemoiselleAqueductII*$250,0001 1/8 M104321
*Dec. 3, 2022StarletLos AlamitosI*$300,0001 1/16 M104321
*Dec. 26, 2022UntapableFair Grounds *$100,0001 M 70 Y104321
Jan. 1, 2023Santa YnezSanta AnitaII$200,0007 F104321
*Jan. 21, 2023SilverbulletdayFair GroundsII*$150,0001 M 70 Y208642
*Jan. 22, 2023BusandaAqueduct *$100,0001 1/8 M208642
Jan. 28, 2023Martha WashingtonOaklawn Park $200,0001 1/16 M208642
Jan. 28, 2023Las VirgenesSanta AnitaIII$200,0001 M208642
*Feb. 4, 2023Forward GalGulfstream ParkIII$100,0007 F208642
*Feb. 11, 2023SuncoastTampa Bay Downs *$100,0001 M 40 Y208642
*Feb. 25, 2023Cincinnati TrophyTurfway Park *$125,0001 M (AW)208642

Kentucky Oaks Championship Series

*Feb. 17, 2023UAE OaksMeydan RacecourseIII*$150,0001 3/16 M502015105
*Feb. 18, 2023Rachel AlexandraFair GroundsII*$300,0001 1/16 M502015105
Feb. 25, 2023HoneybeeOaklawn ParkIII$300,0001 1/16 M502015105
Feb. 25, 2023Santa YsabelSanta AnitaIII$100,0001 1/16 M502015105
*March 4, 2023Davona DaleGulfstream ParkII*$200,0001 M502015105
*March 4, 2023Busher InvitationalAqueduct *$250,0001 M502015105
*March 25, 2023Fair Grounds OaksFair GroundsII*$400,0001 1/16 M10040302010
*March 25, 2023Bourbonette OaksTurfway Park *$250,0001 1/16 M (AW)502015105
*March 26, 2023Sunland Park OaksSunland Park *$300,0001 1/16 M502015105
*April 1, 2023Gulfstream Park OaksGulfstream ParkII*$250,0001 1/16 M10040302010
April 1, 2023FantasyOaklawn ParkIII$600,0001 1/16 M10040302010
April 1, 2023Santa Anita OaksSanta AnitaII$400,0001 1/16 M10040302010
*April 7, 2023AshlandKeenelandI*$600,0001 1/16 M10040302010
*April 8, 2023GazelleAqueductIII$250,0001 1/8 M10040302010
*April 9, 2023BeaumontKeenelandIII$400,0007 F104321

* = Race dates and distances to be announced by host track; date based on recent historical placement. … Schedule subject to change. … (AW) = Synthetic.

RTKD AND RTKO RULES

 TIEBREAKERS

  • America’s Road to the Kentucky Derby and Road to the Kentucky Oaks: If two or more horses have the same number of points, the tiebreaker is earnings in non-restricted stakes races. In the case of remaining ties, the additional starter(s) and/or also-eligible horses shall be determined by lifetime earnings. In the case of remaining ties, the additional starter(s) and/or also-eligible horses shall be determined by lot (aka a “shake”).
  • European Road to the Kentucky Derby: If two or more horses have the same number of points, the tiebreaker is earnings in non-restricted stakes races through April 15, 2023. In the case of remaining ties, the additional starter(s) and/or also-eligible horses shall be determined by lifetime earnings through April 15, 2023. In the case of remaining ties, the additional starter(s) and/or also-eligible horses shall be determined by lot (aka a “shake”). Any points earned in America’s “Road to the Kentucky Derby” will be credited to the horse’s point total in the “European Road to the Kentucky Derby.”
  • Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby: If two or more horses have the same number of points, the tiebreaker is lifetime earnings through April 15, 2023. In the case of remaining ties, the additional starter(s) and/or also-eligible horses shall be determined by lot (aka a “shake”). Any points earned in America’s “Road to the Kentucky Derby” will be credited to the horse’s point total in the “Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby.”

FILLIES – If a filly wants to run in the Kentucky Derby she can, but she’ll have to earn her way into the field by accumulating points against open company just like the rest of the colts and geldings. Additionally, any points earned by a filly in the “Road to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve” series against open company will be credited to her point total in the “Road to the Kentucky Oaks” series. If a filly garners an invitation to the Kentucky Derby via the “European Road to the Kentucky” or “Japan Road to the Kentucky,” ownership may opt to instead use that invitation to the Kentucky Oaks.

 DEAD-HEATS – In the event of a dead-heat (tie) those horses will divide equally the points they would have received jointly had one beaten the other.

SPLIT DIVISIONS – In the event a race is split into divisions and each division awards its originally published purse money, points will be awarded as scheduled for each division. If the originally published purse is reduced for each division, points will be reduced proportionally as well.

LASIX – The 2021 Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks marked the first year those races were run without the permitted use of Furosemide (often referred to by the brand name, Lasix). Points will only be awarded to horses who compete on race day without Lasix in Road to the Kentucky Derby and Road to the Kentucky Oaks races. Any points earned by horses with Lasix on race day will be vacated.

MEDICATION VIOLATIONS – If the connections of a horse have been notified by a regulatory body about a medication violation from participation in a Road to the Kentucky Derby or Road to the Kentucky Oaks race, and that violation would result in disqualification, any accrued points from the race will be revoked until the matter reaches a legal conclusion. Accrued points will be reinstated if the matter is legally overturned prior to the running of the Kentucky Derby or Kentucky Oaks.

DERBY/OAKS TRAINER SUSPENSION – Points from any race in the Road to the Kentucky Derby or Kentucky Oaks will not be awarded to any horse trained by any individual who is suspended from racing in the 2023 Kentucky Derby or 2023 Kentucky Oaks or any trainer directly or indirectly employed, supervised, or advised by a suspended trainer. Should a horse trained by a suspended trainer, or any trainer directly or indirectly employed, supervised, or advised by a suspended trainer, finish in a position that would have earned points in a Road to the Kentucky Derby or Kentucky Oaks race, the points associated with that finish position will be vacated.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

ROAD TO THE KENTUCKY DERBY LEADERBOARD HISTORY – FINAL

2022 FINAL LEADERBOARD – 1. Epicenter (164), 2. Zandon (114), 3. White Abarrio (112, $769,650), 4. Mo Donegal (112, $561,500), 5. Tiz the Bomb (110), 6. Cyberknife (100, $1,012,610), 7. Crown Pride (JPN) (100, $752,000), 8. Taiba (100, $671,544), 9. Simplification (74), 10. Smile Happy (70), 11. Classic Causeway (66), 12. Tawny Port (60), 13. Barber Road (58), 14. Messier (40, $390,000), 15. Zozos (40, $200,000, $291,200), 16. Summer Is Tomorrow (40, $200,000, $267,606), 17. Charge It (40, $188,000), 18. Happy Jack (30), 19. Pioneer of Medina (25), 20. Ethereal Road (22), AE 21. Rich Strike (21) and AE 22 Rattle N Roll (20).

LEADERBOARD – 1. Essential Quality (140), 2. Hot Rod Charlie (110), 3. Super Stock (109), 4. Like the King (104), 5. Known Agenda (102), 6. Rock Your World (100, $510,000), 7. Bourbonic (100, $400,000), 8. Medina Spirit (74), 9. Midnight Bourbon (66), 10. Mandaloun (52), 11. Highly Motivated (50, $271,000), 12. Helium (50, $255,492), 13. Soup and Sandwich (40, $161,000), 14. Dynamic One (40, $140,000), 15. Sainthood (40, $47,500), 16. Hidden Stash (32), 17. O Besos (25), 18. King Fury (20), 19. Keepmeinmind (18) and 20. Brooklyn Strong (10).

2020 FINAL LEADERBOARD – 1. Tiz the Law (372), 2. Authentic (200), 3. Honor A. P. (140), 4. Ny Traffic (110), 5. King Guillermo (90), 6. Thousand Words (83), 7. Max Player (60), 8. Enforceable (43), 9. Major Fed (38), 10. Storm the Court (36), 11. Attachment Rate (35), 12. Sole Volante (30), 13. Finnick the Fierce (25), 14. Winning Impression (20), 15. South Bend (18), 16. Necker Island (14), 17. Mr. Big News (0, $129,500) and 18. Money Moves (0, $0, $67,400).

2019 FINAL LEADERBOARD – 1. Tacitus (150), 2. Omaha Beach (137.5), 3. Vekoma (110), 4. Plus Que Parfait (104), 5. Roadster (100, $636,000), 6. By My Standards (100, $600,000), 7. Maximum Security (100, $582,800), 8. Game Winner (85), 9. Code of Honor (74), 10. Haikal (70), 11. Improbable (65), 12. War of Will (60), 13. Long Range Toddy (53.5), 14. Tax (52), 15. Cutting Humor (50, $462,467), 16. Win Win Win (50, $220,000), 17. Country House (50, $220,000), 18. Gray Magician (41), 19. Spinoff (40, $224,000), 20. Master Fencer (JPN) (Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby Invite) and AE 21. Bodexpress (40, $188,000).

2018 FINAL LEADERBOARD – 1. Magnum Moon (150), 2. Good Magic (134), 3. Audible (110, $803,520), 4. Noble Indy (110, $640,000), 5. Vino Rosso (107), 6. Bolt d’Oro (104), 7. Enticed (103), 8. Mendelssohn (100, $1,947,299), 9. Justify (100, $600,000), 10. Flameaway (70), 11. Solomini (54, $716,000), 12. Bravazo (54, $359,913), 13. My Boy Jack (52, $622,000), 14. Promises Fulfilled (52, $266,480), 15. Free Drop Billy (44), 16. Lone Sailor (42), 17. Hofburg (40), 18. Firenze Fire (39), 19. Combatant (32), 20. Instilled Regard (29) and AE 21. Blended Citizen (22).

2017 FINAL LEADERBOARD – 1. Girvin (150), 2. Classic Empire (132), 3. Gormley (125), 4. Irap (113), 5. Irish War Cry (110), 6. Thunder Snow-IRE (100, $1,621,063), 7. Always Dreaming (100, $589,000), 8. Gunnevera (84), 9. Practical Joke (74), 10. J Boys Echo (63), 11. State of Honor (62), 12. Tapwrit (54), 13. Hence (50, $401,429), 14. Fast and Accurate (50, $320,712), 15. McCraken (40, $385,048), 16. Battle of Midway (40, $224,000), 17. Patch (40, $200,000), 18. Untrapped (34), 19. Lookin At Lee (32), 20. Sonneteer (30, $236,000), AE 21. Royal Mo (30, $213,000) and AE 22. Master Plan (20).

2016 FINAL LEADERBOARD – 1. Gun Runner (151), 2. Nyquist (130), 3. Exaggerator (126), 4. Outwork (120), 5. Brody’s Cause (114), 6. Creator (110), 7. Lani (100), 8. Mor Spirit (84), 9. Mohaymen (80), 10. Danzing Candy (60), 11. Destin (51), 12. Suddenbreakingnews (50, $637,000), 13. Oscar Nominated (50, 321,360), 14. Shagaf (50, $270,000), 15. Whitmore (44, $400,000), 16. Tom’s Ready (44, $270,670), 17. My Man Sam (40, $200,000), 18. Majesto (40, $190,000, $239,500), 19. Trojan Nation (40, $190,000, $213,290), 20. Mo Tom (32, $268,326), AE 21. Laoban (32, $142,000) and AE 22. Cherry Wine (25, $145,000).

2015 FINAL LEADERBOARD – 1. International Star (171), 2. Dortmund (170), 3. Carpe Diem (164), 4. American Pharoah (160), 5. Frosted (113), 6. Mubtaahij-IRE (100, $1,400,000), 7. Materiality (100, $632,028), 8. El Kabeir (95), 9. Upstart (76), 10. Far Right (62), 11. Itsaknockout (60), 12. Firing Line (58), 13. Danzig Moon (45), 14. War Story (44), 15. Tencendur (41), 16. Stanford (40), 17. Mr. Z (34), 18. Ocho Ocho Ocho (30, $760,250), 19. Bolo (30, $214,980), 20. Keen Ice (22), AE 21. Frammento (20) and AE 22. Tale of Verve (0).

2014 FINAL LEADERBOARD – 1. California Chrome (150), 2. Vicar’s in Trouble (120), 3. Dance With Fate (108), 4. Wicked Strong (102), 5. Samraat (100, $640,000), 6. Danza (100, $620,000), 7. Hoppertunity (95), 8. Intense Holiday (93), 9. Wildcat Red (90), 10. We Miss Artie (60), 11. Ride On Curlin (55), 12. Chitu (54), 13. Tapiture (52), 14. General a Rod (40, $240,000), 15. Medal Count (40, $226,500), 16. Candy Boy (30), 17. Uncle Sigh (24), 18. Vinceremos (20, $191,666), 19. Harry’s Holiday (20, $152,622), 20. Commanding Curve (20, $104,000) and AE 21. Pablo Del Monte (20, $102,000).

2013 FINAL LEADERBOARD – 1. Orb (150, $840,000), 2. Verrazano (150, $810,000), 3. Goldencents (129), 4. Java’s War (122), 5. Overanalyze (110, $908,381), 6. Revolutionary (110, $720,000), 7. Lines of Battle (100), 8. Vyjack (70), 9. Will Take Charge (60), 10. Itsmyluckyday (50, $593,600), 11. Black Onyx (50, $317,130), 12. Palace Malice (50, $200,000), 13. Normandy Invasion (44, $258,000), 14. Frac Daddy (44, $240,596), 15. Mylute (42), 16. Oxbow (36), 17. Falling Sky (30), 18. Charming Kitten (20), 19. Golden Soul (14), 20. Giant Finish (10) and AE 21. Fear the Kitten (6).

ROAD TO THE KENTUCKY OAKS LEADERBOARD HISTORY – FINAL

2022 FINAL LEADERBOARD – 1. Kathleen O. (150), 2. Echo Zulu (130), 3. Nest (120), 4. Yuugiri (114), 5. Desert Dawn (108), 6. Nostalgic (101), 7. Venti Valentine (94), 8. Secret Oath (80), 9. Goddess of Fire (62), 10. Turnerloose (60), 11. Hidden Connection (57), 12. Cocktail Moments (52), 13. Candy Raid (51), 14. Shahama (50) and AE 15. Beguine (40).

2021 FINAL LEADERBOARD – 1. Search Results (150), 2. Travel Column (132), 3. Crazy Beautiful (128), 4. Pauline’s Pearl (120), 5. Malathaat (110), 6. Clairiere (94), 7. Will’s Secret (80), 8. Millefeuille (44), 9. Moraz (42), 10. Ava’s Grace (40, $138,000), 11. Pass the Champagne (40, $80,000), 12. Maracuja (40, $50,000), 13. Competitive Speed (30) and 14. Coach (26).

2020 FINAL LEADERBOARD – 1. Swiss Skydiver (450), 2. Speech (160), 3. Shedaresthedevil (90), 4. Donna Veloce (62), 5. Gamine (50, $330,000), 6. Hopeful Growth (50, $135,000), 7. Tempers Rising (47), 8. Dream Marie (35) and 9. Bayerness (8).

2019 FINAL LEADERBOARD – 1. Bellafina (132), 2. Champagne Anyone (113), 3. Street Band (105), 4. Lady Apple (100, $336,000), 5. Out for a Spin (100, $300,000), 6. Liora (71), 7. Restless Rider (62), 8. Serengeti Empress (60, $313,270), 9. Motion Emotion (60, $140,000), 10. Jaywalk (55), 11. Chocolate Kisses (51, $157,000), 12. Jeltrin (51, $128,720), 13. Positive Spirit (50), 14. Flor de la Mar (40, $80,000), AE 15. Dunbar Road (40, $49,500) and AE 16. Point of Honor (20).

2018 FINAL LEADERBOARD – 1. Midnight Bisou (160), 2. Monomoy Girl (154), 3. Sassy Sienna (115), 4. My Miss Lilly (112), 5. Chocolate Martini (100, $240,000), 6. Coach Rocks (100, $145,700), 7. Rayya (90), 8. Wonder Gadot (84), 9. Eskimo Kisses (80), 10. Take Charge Paula (70), 11. Patrona Margarita (35), 12. Classy Act (30), 13. Heavenhasmynikki (11) and 14. Kelly’s Humor (8).

2017 FINAL LEADERBOARD – 1. Farrell (170), 2. Miss Sky Warrior (160), 3. Ever So Clever (106), 4. Sailor’s Valentine (100, $307,014), 5. Paradise Woods (100, $240,000), 6. Salty (100, $150,350), 7. Abel Tasman (70), 8. Daddys Lil Darling (60), 9. Tequilita (50, $227,540), 10. Lockdown (50, $120,000), 11. Wicked Lick (49), 12. Vexatious (40, $80,000), 13. Jordan’s Henny (40, $66,410), 14. Mopotism (16) and AE 15. Summer Luck (11).

2016 FINAL LEADERBOARD – 1. Terra Promessa (150), 2. Lewis Bay (130), 3. Land Over Sea (128), 4. Weep No More (100, $340,000), 5. Go Maggie Go (100, $151,900), 6. Cathryn Sophia (80), 7. Mo d’Amour (70), 8. Venus Valentine (50, $132,375), 9. Mokat (50, $112,000), 10. Rachel’s Valentina (48), 11. Royal Obsession (45), 12. Dream Dance (44), 13. Taxable (40, $80,000), 14. Paola Queen (40, $49,000) and 15. Dothraki Queen (20).

2015 FINAL LEADERBOARD – 1. Condo Commando (161, $715,000), 2. I’m a Chatterbox (161, $430,714), 3. Stellar Wind (150), 4. Birdatthewire (130), 5. Lovely Maria (120), 6. Include Betty (100), 7. Oceanwave (60), 8. Angela Renee (57), 9. Sarah Sis (54), 10. Eskenformoney (50), 11. Puca (45), 12. Shook Up (40), 13. Forever Unbridled (34), 14. Money’soncharlotte (22) and AE 15. Peace and War (10).

2014 FINAL LEADERBOARD – 1. Untapable (160), 2. Sugar Shock (120), 3. Fashion Plate (110), 4. My Miss Sophia (100), 5. Rosalind (78), 6. Got Lucky (64, $180,000), 7. Aurelia’s Belle (64, $142,850), 8. Ria Antonia (55), 9. Kiss Moon (50), 10. Fiftyshadesofgold (40), 11. Unbridled Forever (30), 12. Thank You Marylou (20) and 13. Empress of Midway (15).

2013 FINAL LEADERBOARD – 1. Beholder (164, $1,500,000), 2. Rose to Gold (164, $717,889), 3. Unlimited Budget (160), 4. Dreaming of Julia (132), 5. Close Hatches (100), 6. Flashy Gray (60), 7. Princess of Sylmar (50, $170,000), 8. Midnight Lucky (50, $120,000), 9. Silsita (50, $57,600), 10. Seaneen Girl (34) and 11. Pure Fun (20).

The same changes made to the Road to the Kentucky Derby have been made to the 32-race Road to the Kentucky Oaks series, which awards points to fillies to qualify for the Longines Kentucky Oaks (GI) at 1 1/8 miles on Friday, May 5, 2023.

About Churchill Downs Racetrack

Churchill Downs Racetrack (“CDRT”), the world’s most legendary racetrack, has been the home of The Kentucky Derby, the longest continually held annual sporting event in the United States, since 1875. Located in Louisville, CDRT features a series of themed race days during Derby Week, including the Kentucky Oaks, and conducts Thoroughbred horse racing during three race meets in the Spring, September, and the Fall. CDRT is located on 175 acres and has a one-mile dirt track, a 7/8-mile turf track, a stabling area, and provides seating for approximately 60,000 guests. The saddling paddock and the stable area has barns sufficient to accommodate 1,400 horses and a 114-room dormitory for backstretch personnel. CDRT also has a year-round simulcast wagering facility. www.ChurchillDowns.com.

Press Contacts

Contact: Darren Rogers
Senior Director, Communications & Media Services
Churchill Downs Racetrack
(502) 636-4461 (office)
(502) 345-1030 (mobile)
[email protected]

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Led by Peacock, 2022 Kentucky Derby is Most Streamed “Run for the Roses” Ever; More than 36 Million Views of Race Replay on NBC Sports’ Social Media Platforms

STAMFORD, Conn. – May 10, 2022 – NBC Sports’ presentation of the 148th Kentucky Derby, a thriller won by 80-1 longshot Rich Strike, averaged a Total Audience Delivery (TAD) of 16.0 million viewers – marking the eighth consecutive year that the event topped the 15-million mark, excluding pandemic-impacted events.

Additional viewership highlights:

  • With 16.0 million viewers, the 2022 Kentucky Derby is the most watched "Run for the Roses" since 2019 and marks an 8% increase from last year's event (14.9 million on Sept. 5).
  • Viewership peaked at 19.0 million viewers from 7-7:15 p.m. ET on NBC, shortly after Rich Strike mounted his astounding closing charge to cross the finish line as the winner - marking the largest Kentucky Derby peak audience since 2017, ahead of the 18.5 million for the controversial 2019 disqualification of Maximum Security.
  • The TV-only average audience of 15.8 million viewers is NBC's most-watched program since Super Bowl Sunday.
  • Led by Peacock, which live streamed the Kentucky Derby for the first time, the event posted a record Average Minute Audience (AMA) of 247,300 viewers across NBCUniversal streaming platforms.
  • The overhead replay of the race with Larry Collmus' call has been viewed more than 36 million times across NBC Sports' flagship Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and TikTok handles and the NBC Sports YouTube channel - the most-viewed Kentucky Derby video ever on NBC Sports' social media platforms and six times the consumption of Justify's Triple Crown-winning run in the 2018 Belmont Stakes (six million views). In addition, the video is the most-viewed moment ever for NBC Sports' TikTok account (11.6 million views).
  • The NBC-TV household rating for the broadcast (6:31-7:21 p.m. ET) was 7.7/24.

Total Audience Delivery is based upon live-plus-same day figures from Nielsen and digital data from Adobe Analytics.

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LOUISVILLE, KY., (May 7, 2022) Churchill Downs Incorporated (“CDI”) (Nasdaq: CHDN) announced today that an exuberant crowd of 147,294 Derby fans at Churchill Downs Racetrack (“Churchill Downs”) witnessed the second-biggest long shot ever to win the Kentucky Derby as Rich Strike claimed an unexpected victory at the 148th running of the Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve at 80-1 odds. CDI also announced that wagering from all-sources was the highest all-time on the Kentucky Derby race, the Kentucky Derby Day program and Kentucky Derby Week races.

Wagering from all-sources on the Kentucky Derby Day program totaled $273.8 million, a 17% increase over 2021 and up 9% from the previous record in 2019 of $250.9 million. Wagering from all-sources on the Kentucky Derby race totaled $179.0 million, up 15% over 2021 and up 8% from the previous record of $166.5 million set in 2019. This year’s wagering record includes $8.3 million of handle wagered in Japan.

Rich Strike, owned by Richard Dawson’s RED TR-Racing and bred in Kentucky by Calumet Farm rallied to win by 3/4 of a length. Trained by Eric Reed and ridden by Sonny Leon, Rich Strike covered the mile and a quarter in 2:02.61 over a fast track and produced an upset second only to Donerail’s triumph at 91-1 in 1913.

BUSINESS COMMENTARY

“We are deeply grateful to all of the fans of the Kentucky Derby around the world who once again made this an amazing and memorable experience,” said Bill Carstanjen, CEO of CDI. “We expect the Kentucky Derby Week Adjusted EBITDA to reflect another record with $7 to $9 million of growth over the prior record in 2019.”

TWINSPIRES

TwinSpires, the official betting partner of the Kentucky Derby, handled $67.4 million in wagering on Churchill Downs races for the Kentucky Derby Day program, an increase of 8% over the previous record in 2021. TwinSpires’ handle on the Kentucky Derby race was $44 million, up 8% over last year’s record.

DERBY WEEK

All-sources handle for Derby Week rose to a new record of $391.8 million, up 25% from 2021 and up 14% from the previous record of $343.0 million set in 2019.

Use of Non-GAAP Measures

In addition to the results provided in accordance with GAAP, the Company also uses non-GAAP measures, including adjusted net income, adjusted diluted EPS, EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) and Adjusted EBITDA.

The Company uses non-GAAP measures as a key performance measure of the results of operations for purposes of evaluating performance internally. These measures facilitate comparison of operating performance between periods and help investors to better understand the operating results of the Company by excluding certain items that may not be indicative of the Company's core business or operating results. The Company believes the use of these measures enables management and investors to evaluate and compare, from period to period, the Company’s operating performance in a meaningful and consistent manner. The non-GAAP measures are a supplemental measure of our performance that is not required by, or presented in accordance with, GAAP, and should not be considered as an alternative to, or more meaningful than, net income or diluted EPS (as determined in accordance with GAAP) as a measure of our operating results.

We use Adjusted EBITDA to evaluate segment performance, develop strategy and allocate resources. We utilize the Adjusted EBITDA metric to provide a more accurate measure of our core operating results and enable management and investors to evaluate and compare from period to period our operating performance in a meaningful and consistent manner. Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered as an alternative to operating income as an indicator of performance, as an alternative to cash flows from operating activities as a measure of liquidity, or as an alternative to any other measure provided in accordance with GAAP. Our calculation of Adjusted EBITDA may be different from the calculation used by other companies and, therefore, comparability may be limited.

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Adjusted EBITDA includes the Company's portion of EBITDA from our equity investments.

Adjusted EBITDA excludes:

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  • Direct online Sports and Casino business exit costs; and
  • Other transaction expense, including legal, accounting, and other deal-related expense;
  • Stock-based compensation expense;
  • Rivers Des Plaines' impact on our investments in unconsolidated affiliates from:
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  • Legal reserves and transaction costs;
  • Asset impairments;
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  • Pre-opening expense; and
  • Other charges, recoveries and expenses.

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For segment reporting, Adjusted EBITDA includes intercompany revenue and expense totals that are eliminated in the consolidated statements of comprehensive income. Refer to the Reconciliation of Comprehensive Income to Adjusted EBITDA included herewith for additional information.

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Wagering from all-sources on the full Kentucky Oaks day race card totaled $74.6 million, up 37% compared to 2021 and up 24% compared to the previous record in 2019. All-sources wagering on the Kentucky Oaks race was $24.3 million up 40% compared to 2021 and up 25% from the previous record in 2019.

Secret Oath, owned and bred by Briland Farm and trained by Lukas, rallied wide around the final turn, storming home to win the Longines Kentucky Oaks by 2 lengths at odds of 4-1 and with a final time of 1.49.44. This win marks the first for jockey Luis Saez. Secret Oath is a daughter of Arrogate out of Absinthe Minded and now has lifetime earnings of $1.4 million.

“Today we celebrate Secret Oath and her connections,” said Churchill Downs President Mike Anderson. “The 148th Kentucky Oaks will be remembered as a triumphant return to a full-capacity crowd. We thank the fans, sponsors, horsemen, horseplayers and all participants who contributed to today’s record-breaking success.”

CDI continued the tradition of using Kentucky Oaks as a platform to raise money for women’s health initiatives, and welcomed breast and ovarian cancer survivors who had waited to walk in the Survivors Parade presented by Kroger. The 148 survivors were joined by charitable partners and volunteers from Norton Healthcare and Kentucky Cancer Program’s Horses and Hope, to take an in-person walk on Churchill Down’s newly-installed Turf Course.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, April 27, 2022) – Churchill Downs Racetrack today welcomes an exciting lineup of new sponsors and licensees to the 148th Kentucky Derby, taking place on Saturday, May 7, including BMW of North America, Monogram, FTD, Red Bull and AIR.

Outside of being The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports®, the Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve presents endless opportunities for brands to engage with fans, whether attending the race or celebrating from home. Bringing together world-class hospitality, high-end fashion and gourmet food, the Kentucky Derby seeks luxury and lifestyle partners to elevate the party experience and highlight Derby traditions in new ways.

“We’re very excited to welcome these lifestyle brands to the greatest race on earth,” said Casey Ramage, Churchill Downs Racetrack’s Vice President of Marketing and Partnerships. “From a first look at BMW’s all-new electric vehicle to unique, Derby-inspired clothing and accessories, our new sponsors and licensees will help bring to life the luxury and excitement of the Kentucky Derby for fans across the globe.”

The 2022 new Kentucky Derby sponsors and activations include:

  • BMW of North America, the first-ever luxury auto partner of the Kentucky Derby and Churchill Downs, will showcase the all-new BMW 7 Series at the racetrack throughout Derby weekend, including the first-ever, fully electric BMW i7. To honor “The Run for the Roses,” BMW also will activate with a live flower wall spotlighting more than 7,000 roses and lilies.
  • Woodford Reserve, the presenting sponsor of the 148th Kentucky Derby, is expanding its on-site partnership to include the Homestretch Club, which will feature the “Woodford Reserve Bar,” the longest bar in the Commonwealth of Kentucky at 95 feet in length, for fans to come together and toast to race day.
  • FTD, an industry leader in online flower delivery, will join as the first floral partner, providing red rose-inspired floral arrangements in select premium spaces throughout the racetrack, as well as a floral photography experience for social sharing moments.
  • Premium-grade appliance brand Monogram will provide a luxury kitchen experience with global icon, Chef Marcus Samuelsson, who will create his own flavorful Derby bite – bourbon-glazed chicken with peanut succotash on a savory pancake. The dish will be highlighted live by NBC on Derby Day.
  • Red Bull will bring the energy to the Infield with its DJ Booth, entertaining fans throughout the day with the ultimate party experience.
  • AIR, creators of personal eVTOL aircraft, will be hosting their AIR ONE kickoff event inside the exclusive Green Room for celebrities and VIPs on Kentucky Derby and Oaks Days.

In addition, new licensees this year bring a fresh take to Derby clothing and accessories, celebrating the tradition of the iconic race, while infusing modern, innovative design:

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  • Black-owned brand Homme+Femme elevates the rich and historic traditions of the Kentucky Derby through the unique, modern lens of streetwear fashion.
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Official Kentucky Derby merchandise and accessories are available online at www.KentuckyDerbyStore.com.

About Kentucky Derby

The $3 million Kentucky Derby takes place on the first Saturday in May at historic Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. Inaugurated in 1875, the legendary 1 ¼-mile race for 3-year-olds is the oldest continuously held major sporting event in the United States and the first leg of horse racing's Triple Crown series. Known as "The Run for the Roses," "The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports" and "America's Race," the Kentucky Derby is the most attended horse race in the nation.

ABOUT CHURCHILL DOWNS RACETRACK

Churchill Downs Racetrack (“CDRT”), the world’s most legendary racetrack, has been the home of The Kentucky Derby, the longest continually held annual sporting event in the United States, since 1875. Located in Louisville, CDRT features a series of themed race days during Derby Week, including the Kentucky Oaks, and conducts Thoroughbred horse racing during three race meets in the Spring, September, and the Fall. CDRT is located on 175 acres and has a one-mile dirt track, a 7/8-mile turf track, a stabling area, and provides seating for approximately 60,000 guests. The saddling paddock and the stable area has barns sufficient to accommodate 1,400 horses and a 114-room dormitory for backstretch personnel. CDRT also has a year-round simulcast wagering facility. www.ChurchillDowns.com.

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Experience Kentucky Derby Day with Limited Edition Capsule Collection, At-Home Recipes from Chef Kelsey Barnard Clark, Virtual Cooking Event, and More

 LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, April 6, 2022) – The historic Churchill Downs Racetrack and Woodford Reserve® announced today a partnership with specialty kitchen and home furnishings retailer, Williams Sonoma, to deliver inspiration and curated products designed to help customers and Kentucky Derby fans create the ultimate ‘Kentucky Derby At-Home’ celebration. As the first-ever preferred culinary and entertaining partner of the Kentucky Derby, Williams Sonoma is bringing unique recipes, cocktail mixes, festive accessories, and engaging in-person and virtual experiences to inspire customers and Kentucky Derby fans to transform their homes into a day at the races.

The partnership kicks off with a curated line of Williams Sonoma merchandise and an exclusive co-branded line of Williams Sonoma and Woodford Reserve® cocktail mixes along with recipes and entertaining tips designed to inspire at-home celebrations of the 148th Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve that will take place on Saturday, May 7. Together, Churchill Downs, Woodford Reserve® and Williams Sonoma are bringing to life the authentic charm of the Derby with elegant serving pieces, bar accessories and signature Derby-style cocktail mixes designed to elevate at-home celebrations and viewing parties.

A Triple Crown-Worthy Menu

To inspire foodies across the country, Williams Sonoma is delivering an authentic, flavorful ‘Kentucky Derby At-Home’ menu, crafted by brand ambassador and celebrity chef, Kelsey Barnard Clark. Featuring easy-to-make recipes paired with wine selections from Jackson Family Wines, the menu pays homage to the culinary traditions of the Kentucky Derby. From Okra Hot Fries to Smoked Wings with BBQ Sauce and decadent Pecan Pie, these bite-size selections will make it easier than ever to travel by tastebud to the racetrack. Culinary connoisseurs can also serve up classic cocktails, like the iconic Mint Julep, thanks to Woodford Reserve and Williams Sonoma’s selection of co-branded cocktail mixes.

Entertaining with Kelsey Barnard Clark

To further bring a taste of the Kentucky Derby into homes, Williams Sonoma has teamed up with Chef Kelsey Barnard Clark to host two Derby-themed events – one in-store at the Williams Sonoma Columbus Circle store and one online so fans nationwide can tune in and participate.

In addition to cooking alongside celebrity chef and author of Southern Grit, Kelsey Barnard Clark, attendees will also learn tips and tricks for hosting the ultimate Kentucky Derby day celebration.

The in-store event will take place on April 14 at 6 p.m. ET at the Williams Sonoma Columbus Circle store in New York. Tickets can be purchased online at https://southerngritnycevent.squadup.com.

The virtual Kentucky Derby Cooking Event with Kelsey Barnard Clark, will take place live on April 19 at 5 p.m. PT / 7 p.m. CT / 8 p.m. ET. Tickets can be purchased online at https://southerngritvirtualevent.squadup.com.

Tickets for both events are available for $15, with all proceeds benefiting No Kid Hungry, a national campaign to end childhood hunger in America. Customers can also purchase a copy of Kelsey’s new book, Southern Grit, online at www.williams-sonoma.com/southerngrit.

Run for the Roses™ in 2023

As the final component of the partnership, Williams Sonoma is announcing a nationwide sweepstakes to send a lucky winner on a trip for two to the 149th Kentucky Derby in 2023. Starting today, Kentucky Derby fans can enter for a chance to win this bucket-list weekend getaway, complete with airfare, hotel accommodations and two tickets to the Kentucky Derby, as well as a private, VIP experience at Woodford Reserve Distillery. Official rules and details are available at www.williams-sonoma.com/kentuckyderbytrip.

“At Churchill Downs, we’re passionate about finding new ways to bring the Kentucky Derby experience to fans across the country,” said Casey C. Ramage, vice president of marketing and partnerships at Churchill Downs Racetrack. “We’re thrilled to partner with Williams Sonoma to help us in this mission of extending the Kentucky Derby tradition beyond our racetrack gates.”

For more information about the collaboration, including the at-home recipes and the registration link for the virtual cooking classes, please visit: www.williams-sonoma.com/kentuckyderby.

 For more ‘Kentucky Derby At-Home’ inspiration, visit www.kentuckyderbyathome.com.

The Williams Sonoma Kentucky Derby At-Home Menu

Crafted by Kelsey Barnard Clark

Twinkle Light Succotash

Wine pairing: Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Chardonnay, Santa Barbara County

Okra Hot Fries

Wine pairing: La Crema Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma County

Green Eggs and Ham Deviled Egg

Wine pairing: La Crema Chardonnay, Monterey

 Supper Club Smoked Wings with White BBQ Sauce

Wine pairing: Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay, California

 Mama Jo’s Pecan Pie

Wine pairing: La Crema, Pinot Noir, Monterey

 Icebox Cookies

Wine pairing: Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Pinot Noir

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Limited-Edition Labels Celebrate the Jackson Family's Legendary Racehorse, Good Magic, with Additional Co-Branded Releases Set to Launch Annually Through 2024

 Sonoma County, Ca. (Monday, March 21, 2022) – Kendall-Jackson, producer of America's favorite Chardonnay, today announced the release of two co-branded, limited-edition wines to honor a partnership in which Kendall-Jackson is the Preferred Wine of the Kentucky Derby. Blending the Jackson family's legacy for award-winning winemaking and Thoroughbred horse racing, the commemorative Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon are the first of several releases planned to launch annually, leading up to the 150th running of the Kentucky Derby in 2024.

"Our family's legacy in winemaking runs deep, and while many wine enthusiasts across the nation recognize Kendall-Jackson as the makers of America's favorite Chardonnay, our family's endeavors in the horse racing world are lesser known," said Barbara Banke, Chairman & Proprietor, Jackson Family Wines. "Jess' [Jackson] passion for horse racing was ignited as a young boy when he watched Seabiscuit win the 1938 Bay Meadows Handicap from atop his uncle's shoulders. Many years later, our success in the wine business afforded us the opportunity to indulge in his passion, which is now mine, for Thoroughbred racing."

The Jackson family opened Stonestreet Farm, a Thoroughbred horse breeding and training operation, in 2005 on premium farmland in the famous Bluegrass region of Lexington, Ky. Since then, Stonestreet has become the leading North American commercial Thoroughbred breeder of yearlings 10 times. This year's limited-edition Kentucky Derby x Kendall-Jackson wines will prominently feature the Kentucky Derby icon along with an artist's rendering of Stonestreet's homebred champion Good Magic, who ran in the 2018 Kentucky Derby and finished second behind Justify, who went on to win the Triple Crown.

"It feels like a natural connection to bring our two great passions together on the global stage at the Kentucky Derby. Although Good Magic is now retired, we wanted to highlight his remarkable accomplishments," Banke said.

Available for purchase online and in select retailers nationwide, the commemorative Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon wines highlight the best of California's coastal winegrowing regions.

Kentucky Derby x Kendall-Jackson 2020 Mendocino County Chardonnay: The 2020 Mendocino County Chardonnay ($17 SRP) is beautifully balanced with notes of warm vanilla and aromas of bright tropical fruit and citrus. Made with grapes sourced from multiple appellations within Mendocino County, the wine represents the complexity of the coastal growing region and is sur lie aged with monthly stirring to embody Kendall-Jackson's signature velvety texture and signature flavor.

Kentucky Derby x Kendall-Jackson 2019 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon: The 2019 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($28 SRP) boasts enticing aromas of ripe blackberry, black cherry, cocoa and cassis. Round, rich, seamless tannins provide a robust backbone and supple mid-palate, while notes of cedar, vanilla, toast and a hint of mocha linger on the finish. The Cabernet Sauvignon lots were blended with Merlot to ensure a soft, round palate and Cabernet Franc for an enhanced mouthfeel.

Kendall-Jackson wines will be poured at all Churchill Downs Racetrack events and highlighted in a variety of events as one of the Preferred Wines of the Kentucky Derby through the 150th Run for the Roses in 2024. Each year, consumers can expect to see new commemorative bottles as part of this multi-year partnership with Kentucky Derby.

In addition to this year's special release wines, Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate & Gardens in Sonoma County will host a Kentucky Derby watch party on Saturday, May 7, the official West Coast Kentucky Derby celebration. The event will showcase everything to love about the Derby, including fashion contests, an on-site milliner, and Derby-inspired Southern cuisine paired with award-winning Kendall-Jackson wines. Tickets to the watch party can be purchased at www.kj.com/events/kentucky-derby-party.

For more information and to purchase the commemorative wines, please visit www.kj.com. Downloadable bottle images here (photo credit: Kendall-Jackson).

About Kentucky Derby

The $3 million Kentucky Derby takes place on the first Saturday in May at historic Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. Inaugurated in 1875, the legendary 1 ¼-mile race for 3-year-olds is the oldest continuously held major sporting event in the United States and the first leg of horse racing's Triple Crown series. Known as "The Run for the Roses," "The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports" and "America's Race," the Kentucky Derby is the most attended horse race in the nation.

About Kendall-Jackson

Kendall-Jackson is one of America's most beloved family-owned and operated wineries. The winery's flagship wine, the Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay, has been America's favorite Chardonnay since 1992. Founded by entrepreneur and visionary Jess Jackson in 1982, and now led by his wife Barbara Banke and the Jackson family, Kendall-Jackson is based in Sonoma County and offers a range of acclaimed wines grown on the family's estate vineyards along the coastal ridges of California. Kendall-Jackson is the benchmark for sustainable wine endeavors, setting the precedent for advancement in solar, water, and vineyard practices. Wine Enthusiast Magazine recently named Kendall-Jackson the 2017 American Winery of the Year, one of the wine industry's most distinguished accolades. Recognized as a leader in the industry for more than three decades, Kendall-Jackson has built a reputation centered around consistent, high-quality wines that are available nationwide in national grocery stores, boutique wine retailers, and restaurants. Learn more online at www.kj.com, and follow Kendall-Jackson on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram

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Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats are one of the most recognizable new forces in contemporary rock ‘n’ roll whose mix of soul and rock quickly cemented them as a rare generational band who balanced ecstatic live shows and engrossing and rich records. The octet’s third album, The Future, is an instant classic of 11 songs that builds upon their original sound and recognizable zeal to present new and compelling depth and introspection.

“We couldn’t be more excited to expand our Derby Week entertainment with this infield music experience on Thurby,” said Mike Anderson, President of Churchill Downs Racetrack. “As a day that has come to be celebrated as Kentucky’s Day, we’re confident this event will capture the interest of multiple generations and provide another way to make memories with friends and family leading up to the Kentucky Derby. Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats bring the ideal energy to kick off this new tradition with a sound that captures the spirit of Thurby.”

Gates open for Thurby presented by Old Forester on Thursday, May 5 at 11 a.m. (all times Eastern) with the first race scheduled for 12:45 p.m. General Admission tickets start at $29 and can be purchased at kentuckyderby.com/visit/derby-week/thurby. All ticket levels for Thurby will have access to the infield music experience. Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats will take the stage in the afternoon and entertain infield guests between races.

About Churchill Downs Racetrack

Churchill Downs Racetrack ("CDRT"), the world’s most legendary racetrack, has been the home of The Kentucky Derby, the longest continually held annual sporting event in the United States, since 1875. Located in Louisville, CDRT features a series of themed race days during Derby Week, including the Kentucky Oaks, and conducts Thoroughbred horse racing during three race meets in the Spring, September, and the Fall. CDRT is located on 175 acres and has a one-mile dirt track, a 7/8-mile turf track, a stabling area, and provides seating for approximately 60,000 guests. The saddling paddock and the stable area has barns sufficient to accommodate 1,400 horses and a 114-room dormitory for backstretch personnel. CDRT also has a year-round simulcast wagering facility. www.ChurchillDowns.com.

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About Churchill Downs Incorporated

Churchill Downs Incorporated is an industry-leading racing, online wagering and gaming entertainment company anchored by our iconic flagship event, the Kentucky Derby. We own and operate three pari-mutuel gaming entertainment venues with approximately 3,050 historical racing machines in Kentucky. We also own and operate TwinSpires, one of the largest and most profitable online wagering platforms for horse racing, sports and iGaming in the U.S. and we have nine retail sportsbooks. We are also a leader in brick-and-mortar casino gaming in nine states with approximately 11,000 slot machines and video lottery terminals and 200 table games. Additional information about Churchill Downs Incorporated can be found online at www.churchilldownsincorporated.com.

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