Oxford Casino Focuses on Giving Back

Originally published in the Fall 2016 issue of Churchill Downs Magazine

OXFORD, ME., (September 18, 2016) The mission statement of Oxford Casino is simple: “To create a memorable impression on our guests that captures the essence of superior service, be an active participant in the community, become an employer of choice and return value to ownership.” Nestled in the southwest corner of Maine, the team at Oxford Casino has done a tremendous job of living up to that promise.

“Here at Oxford Casino, we pride ourselves on being part of this great community,” says Jack Sours, vice president and general manager of Oxford Casino. “Being one of the larger employers in a small town such as this, it enables us to be that driving force and encourage other businesses and local citizens to give back.”

Specifically, Oxford Casino employees have participated in a number of charities whose benefits have rippled throughout the community. They have worked closely with the United Way of Oxford County Backpack Program, where they volunteered their time putting backpacks filled with school supplies together and delivering them to local schools; Community Concepts’ Self-Help Homeownership Program, which gives the opportunity to those in need to build a brand new home of their own while working with other families and volunteers; and Healthy Oxford Hills, a partnership that Oxford Casino makes sure to nurture every summer by volunteering five days a week to serve healthy lunches to the local children in the area.

Oxford Casino also supports Cans for a Cure. The casino encourages guests to donate $5 and get $5 in free slot play in the fall, with money raised given to Cans for a Cure and earmarked for local organizations the Maine Cancer Foundation and the Cancer Community Center. Additionally, Oxford Casino team members regularly volunteer  at Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation – an organization that helps individuals who would not normally be able to perform outdoor recreational activities do just that – and assists with countless charities benefiting veterans in the community.

Sours and the rest of the team at Oxford Casino are always on the lookout for new and effective ways to serve their mission and bolster the lives of the people who patronize the casino. This mindset has given them opportunity after opportunity and helped craft a well-deserved reputation. Sours puts this philosophy into words best: “As we have established these healthy relationships with the people and organizations within our community, we have therefore created a partnership of help and trust. We look forward to each opportunity to be out there aiding and helping our fellow citizens of Oxford Hills.”

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 Derby City Gaming, a historical racing machine facility in Louisville, Kentucky. We also own and operate the largest online horse racing wagering platform in the U.S., TwinSpires.com, and we operate sports betting and iGaming through our BetAmerica platform in multiple states. We are also a leader in brick-and-mortar casino gaming with approximately 11,000 slot machines and video lottery terminals and 200 table games in eight states. Additional information about CDI can be found online at www.churchilldownsincorporated.com.

Information set forth in this news release contains various “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the “Act”), which provides certain “safe harbor” provisions. All forward-looking statements made in this news release are made pursuant to the Act. Forward-looking statements are typically identified by the use of terms such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “might,” “plan,” “predict,” “project,” “seek,” “should,” “will,” and similar words, although some forward-looking statements are expressed differently.

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 that could cause actual results to differ materially from expectations include the following: the effect of economic conditions on our consumers' confidence and discretionary spending or our access to credit; additional or increased taxes and fees; public perceptions or lack of confidence in the integrity of our business or any deterioration in our reputation; loss of key or highly skilled personnel; restrictions in our debt facilities limiting our flexibility to operate our business; general risks related to real estate ownership, including fluctuations in market values and environmental regulations; catastrophic events and system failures disrupting our operations; online security risk, including cyber-security breaches; inability to recover under our insurance policies for damages sustained at our properties in the event of inclement weather and casualty events; increases in insurance costs and inability to obtain similar insurance coverage in the future; inability to identify and complete acquisition, expansion or divestiture projects, on time, on budget or as planned; difficulty in integrating recent or future acquisitions into our operations; costs and uncertainties relating to the development of new venues and expansion of existing facilities; risks associated with equity investments, strategic alliances and other third-party agreements; inability to respond to rapid technological changes in a timely manner; inadvertent infringement of the intellectual property of others; inability to protect our own intellectual property rights; payment-related risks, such as risk associated with fraudulent credit card and debit card use; compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act or applicable money-laundering regulations; risks related to pending or future legal proceedings and other actions; inability to negotiate agreements with industry constituents, including horsemen and other racetracks; work stoppages and labor issues; changes in consumer preferences with respect to Churchill Downs Racetrack and the Kentucky Derby; personal injury litigation related to injuries occurring at our racetracks; weather and other conditions affecting our ability to conduct live racing; the occurrence of extraordinary events, such as terrorist attacks and public health threats, including the ongoing impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19 virus); changes in the regulatory environment of our racing operations; increased competition in the horseracing business; difficulty in attracting a sufficient number of horses and trainers for full field horseraces; our inability to utilize and provide totalizator services; changes in regulatory environment of our online horseracing business; number of people wagering on live horse races; increase in competition in our online horseracing; uncertainty and changes in the legal landscape relating to our online wagering business; continued legalization of online sports betting and iGaming in the United States and our ability to predict and capitalize on any such legalization; inability to expand our sports betting operations and effectively compete; failure to manage risks associated with sports betting; failure to comply with laws requiring us to block access to certain individuals could result in penalties or impairment with respect to our mobile and online wagering products; increased competition in our casino business; changes in regulatory environment of our casino business; and concentration and evolution of slot machine manufacturing and other technology conditions that could impose additional costs; and inability to collect gaming receivables from the customers to whom we extend credit.

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Vice President, Treasury, Investor Relations & Risk Management

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Vice President, Corporate Communications

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