Thursday, June 14 2012


LOUISVILLE, KY (Thursday, June 14, 2012) – In one of the most essential developments in the storied history of the Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs Racetrack will abandon the graded stakes earnings criteria it has used since 1986 to determine which 20 horses get into the starting gate for the 1 ¼-mile classic on the first Saturday in May and institute a point system to qualify for America’s Greatest Race.

Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ: CHDN) Chairman & CEO Bob Evans was to formally announce the significant change at 10 a.m. (all times Eastern) during the company’s annual meeting of shareholders at the racetrack’s Triple Crown Room on the fifth floor of the Jockey Club Suites. A news conference in the same location with track officials was to follow the meeting’s conclusion at 11 a.m. It will be streamed online at and there also will be an interactive Q&A on the Kentucky Derby Facebook page ( at 12:30 p.m.


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