Churchill Downs Racetrack Celebrates Inaugural Thoroughbred Aftercare Day

LOUISVILLE, KY., (October 02, 2023) – Churchill Downs Racetrack (“Churchill Downs”) today announced a successful Thoroughbred Aftercare Day held on September 30th, 2023. Guests in attendance were invited to discover more about the passion and dedication of six Churchill Downs aftercare partners. Aftercare Day served as both a celebration of each organization and an educational initiative as guests learned more about the integral work done to ensure equine athletes lead happy and healthy lives beyond their racing careers. 

This inaugural celebration was dedicated to six extraordinary organizations that provide care for thoroughbreds across the racing industry. The organizations in attendance included: 

– New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program 

– Retired Racehorse Project 

– Second Stride Inc. 

– The Secretariat Center 

– Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance 

– Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation 

Representatives from each organization were invited to join Churchill Downs team members and winning connections in the Woodford Reserve Winner’s Circle for various trophy presentations. Special trophies commemorating Aftercare Day were presented to the winner of three dedicated races. Throughout the day, the Churchill Downs broadcast team provided information about each non-profit and conducted interviews in the paddock to learn more about the important work they do for the racing industry. 

As of September 2023, Churchill Downs Incorporated (“CDI”) has proudly donated over $75,000 to multiple aftercare partner organizations. “Thoroughbreds are such versatile athletes, we were delighted to feature organizations representing various phases of the aftercare spectrum at our inaugural Aftercare Day at Churchill Downs,” said Cathy Shircliff, Director of Equine Industry Relations for CDI. “Our team is committed to providing positive stewardship for the horseracing industry, and this celebratory day only furthers that mission.” 

To learn more about each organization and how you can support thoroughbred aftercare initiatives, visit: 

About Churchill Downs Incorporated

Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ: CHDN) has been creating extraordinary entertainment experiences for nearly 150 years, beginning with the company’s most iconic and enduring asset, the Kentucky Derby. Headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, CDI has expanded through the development of live and historical racing entertainment venues, the growth of the TwinSpires horse racing online wagering business and the operation and development of regional casino gaming properties.  

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 Spring, September and 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 Race and Sports Book and simulcast wagering facility.