Churchill Downs Incorporated Appoints New Board Member

Churchill Downs Incorporated Appoints New Board Member

Ulysses Lee "Junior" Bridgeman, Founder & President of Bridgeman Foods LLC, to
Join Board of Directors

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Oct. 1, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Churchill Downs Incorporated
(Nasdaq:CHDN) ("Company") announced today, Monday, October 1, 2012, that
Ulysses Lee "Junior" Bridgeman, Founder and President of Bridgeman Foods LLC,
was appointed as a Class II director to the Company's board of directors.

Bridgeman will serve on the 11-member board until the 2013 annual meeting of
shareholders where he will be nominated for election by the shareholders.

Robert L. Evans, Chairman and CEO, said, "It is an honor to have Junior join
our board. He brings a great understanding of and appreciation for the
Kentucky Oaks and Derby, our Company and its impact on the community. His
entrepreneurial experience and knowledge will be invaluable as we look to
continue to grow the Company in the years ahead."

Bridgeman said, "I am impressed with all that CDI has accomplished in the past
five years as it has worked to diversify and grow. It's exciting to be part of
a Company with such a wonderful past and such an exciting future."

Bridgeman is actively involved in the Louisville community. He currently
serves on the Board of Directors of Fifth Third Bank; the West End School, The
Meijer Board, The PGA Foundation Board and the Naismith Basketball Hall of
Fame Board.He also serves as Past Chairman of the Board of Trustees
University of Louisville.

Bridgeman, who grew up in East Chicago, Indiana, was a member of an Indiana
state high school championship basketball team and was recruited to attend and
play basketball at the University of Louisville.After a successful college
career and graduation, he was drafted to play in the NBA by the Los Angeles
Lakers and was immediately traded, along with others, to the Milwaukee Bucks,
where he played most of his 12-year career.

About Churchill Downs Incorporated

Churchill Downs Incorporated ("CDI") (Nasdaq:CHDN), headquartered in
Louisville, Ky., owns and operates the world-renowned Churchill Downs
Racetrack, home of the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks, as well as racetrack
and casino operations and a poker room in Miami Gardens, Fla.; racetrack,
casino and video poker operations in New Orleans, La.; racetrack operations in
Arlington Heights, Ill.; and a casino resort in Greenville, Miss. CDI also
owns the country's premier account-wagering company,, and other
advance-deposit wagering providers; the totalisator company, United Tote;
Bluff Media, an Atlanta-based multimedia poker content, brand and publishing
company; and a collection of racing-related telecommunications and data
companies. Information about CDI can be found online at

Information set forth in this news release contains various "forward-looking
statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933
and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The Private Securities
Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the "Act") provides certain "safe harbor"
provisions for forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements made
in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q are made pursuant to the Act.

The reader is cautioned that such forward-looking statements are based on
information available at the time and/or management's good faith belief with
respect to future events, and are subject to risks and uncertainties that
could cause actual performance or results to differ materially from those
expressed in the statements. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the
date the statement was made. We assume no obligation to update forward-looking
information to reflect actual results, changes in assumptions or changes in
other factors affecting forward-looking information. Forward-looking
statements are typically identified by the use of terms such as "anticipate,"
"believe," "could," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "might," "plan,"
"predict," "project," "hope," "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 effect of global economic
conditions, including any disruptions in the credit markets; a decrease in
consumers' discretionary income; the effect (including possible increases in
the cost of doing business) resulting from future war and terrorist activities
or political uncertainties; the overall economic environment; the impact of
increasing insurance costs; the impact of interest rate fluctuations; the
effect of any change in our accounting policies or practices; the financial
performance of our racing operations; the impact of gaming competition
(including lotteries, online gaming and riverboat, cruise ship and land-based
casinos) and other sports and entertainment options in the markets in which we
operate; our ability to maintain racing and gaming licenses to conduct our
businesses; the impact of live racing day competition with other Florida,
Illinois and Louisiana racetracks within those respective markets; the impact
of higher purses and other incentives in states that compete with our
racetracks; costs associated with our efforts in support of alternative gaming
initiatives; costs associated with customer relationship management
initiatives; a substantial change in law or regulations affecting pari-mutuel
and gaming activities; a substantial change in allocation of live racing days;
changes in Kentucky, Florida, Illinois or Louisiana law or regulations that
impact revenues or costs of racing operations in those states; the presence of
wagering and gaming operations at other states' racetracks and casinos near
our operations; our continued ability to effectively compete for the country's
horses and trainers necessary to achieve full field horse races; our continued
ability to grow our share of the interstate simulcast market and obtain the
consents of horsemen's groups to interstate simulcasting; our ability to enter
into agreements with other industry constituents for the purchase and sale of
racing content for wagering purposes; our ability to execute our acquisition
strategy and to complete or successfully operate planned expansion projects;
our ability to successfully complete any divestiture transaction; market
reaction to our expansion projects; the inability of our totalisator company,
United Tote, to maintain its processes accurately or keep its technology
current; our accountability for environmental contamination; the ability of
our online business to prevent security breaches within its online
technologies; the loss of key personnel; the impact of natural and other
disasters on our operations and our ability to obtain insurance recoveries in
respect of such losses (including losses related to business interruption);
our ability to integrate any businesses we acquire into our existing
operations, including our ability to maintain revenues at historic levels and
achieve anticipated cost savings; the impact of wagering laws, including
changes in laws or enforcement of those laws by regulatory agencies; the
outcome of pending or threatened litigation; changes in our relationships with
horsemen's groups and their memberships; our ability to reach agreement with
horsemen's groups on future purse and other agreements (including, without
limiting, agreements on sharing of revenues from gaming and advance deposit
wagering); the effect of claims of third parties to intellectual property
rights; and the volatility of our stock price.

CONTACT: Courtney Yopp Norris
         Director of Corporate Communications
         (502) 636-4564 office
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