Friday, April 17, 2009

Register With Churchill Downs for a Chance to Win the Ultimate Kentucky Derby Party Pack

LOUISVILLE, KY. (April 20, 2009) – The Kentucky Derby is often referred to as an event you “gotta see to believe,” but not everyone can attend the Greatest Two Minutes in Sports every year. That doesn’t mean you can’t bring the Derby home! This year, Churchill Downs, the legendary racetrack that hosts the annual “Run for the Roses,” is hosting the “Bring the Derby Home” sweepstakes, where one lucky fan will win the ultimate Kentucky Derby Party.

By registering on or through the Facebook fan site, Derby fans can be entered for a chance to win a fully catered Kentucky Derby party for 20 guests, including a Toshiba flat screen TV and other prizes worth more than $3500 (no purchase necessary; see for a complete list of prizes and rules). Sweepstakes ends Friday, April 24th.

But Kentucky Derby-lovers can do more than just win prizes; they can also use the site and the Facebook page to register their own official Derby party for free. In fact, more than 14,000 fans in 70 countries and 6 continents have already registered their Kentucky Derby party and many more are expected to follow suit before the big day.

The site also features tips for throwing a Kentucky Derby party, plenty of recipes and menu ideas from Celebrity Chef Bobby Flay, examples of Derby hats and fashion, and a social networking platform with blogs, photo and video uploads – which can be utilized all year-round. The site can even be used to organize other social gatherings, such as birthday parties, happy hours and reunions.

With more than 23,000 having already been sent, the custom electronic invites available to all registrants are another big draw for fans. The official host of the Kentucky Derby Party program, Bobby Flay, is also getting in on the action. Party hosts and hostesses can send a customized message via phone or e-card to their guests from Bobby Flay himself!

Churchill Downs, the world’s most legendary racetrack, has conducted Thoroughbred racing and presented America’s greatest race, the Kentucky Derby, continuously since 1875. Located in Louisville, the flagship racetrack of Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ Global Select Market: CHDN) also operates Trackside at Churchill Downs, which offers year-round simulcast wagering at the historic track. Churchill Downs will conduct the 135th running of the Kentucky Derby on May 2, 2009. The track’s 2009 Spring Meet will take place from April 25 through July 5. Churchill Downs is scheduled to host the Breeders’ Cup World Championships for a record seventh time on Nov. 5 and 6, 2010. Information about Churchill Downs can be found on the Internet at

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