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CHURCHILL DOWNS SIMULCAST NETWORK CONTINUES "BIG TICKET" SUMMER RACING SERIES WITH HOLLYWOOD GOLD CUP
Dubai World Cup Winner Captain Steve Headlines $750,000 Hollywood Gold Cup, Twin Spires Club Members Can Win 1 Million Points by Wagering on CDSN
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (June 29, 2001) -- Churchill Downs Simulcast Network ("CDSN") continues its "Big Ticket" Summer racing series Sunday, July 1, with Hollywood Gold Cup Day at Hollywood Park, featuring four stakes races worth $1.5 million.
Now in its 62nd year, the $750,000 Gold Cup (Grade I) is the Inglewood, Calif., racetrack's marquee stakes event for older horses and is the centerpiece of a race card that features three additional graded stakes: the $300,000 Triple Bend Breeders' Cup (Grade II); the $250,000 Honeymoon Breeders' Cup Handicap (Grade II); and the $200,000 A Gleam Handicap (Grade II). On Gold Cup Day, Hollywood Park will also offer a $1 million-guaranteed Pick 6 wager on races six through 11. The Gold Cup is the fifth race on the 11-race card, with a scheduled post time of 2:37 p.m. PDT.
2001 Dubai World Cup (Group I) winner Captain Steve headlines a field of five older horses in the Gold Cup. Owned by Mike Pegram and conditioned by 2001 Preakness and Belmont Stakes-winning trainer Bob Baffert, Captain Steve enters the race off of a determined second-place finish in the $831,000 Stephen Foster Handicap (Grade II) at Churchill Downs on June 16 -- the first "Big Ticket" racing event in the CDSN summer series.
The 4-year-old chestnut colt by Fly So Free has won two of three starts this year and could become the first horse to win Hollywood Park's premier races for 2-year-olds, 3-year-olds and older horses. He captured the Hollywood Futurity (Grade I) in 1999 and the Swaps Stakes (Grade I) last year. Captain Steve's career record stands at nine wins in 22 starts with total earnings of $6,693,356. A Gold Cup victory would make Captain Steve North America's third-richest money earner behind Gold Cup champions Cigar and Skip Away.
Other Gold Cup contenders include the powerful Juddmonte Farm entry of Skimming and Aptitude, who finished first and third, respectively, in the $500,000 Californian (Grade II) on June 10. Aptitude, runner-up in the 2000 Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes, will be piloted by the world's all-time winning rider, Laffit Pincay Jr., while Garrett Gomez will ride the front-running Skimming. Trainer Craig Dollase has also entered Californian second-place finisher Futural in the Gold Cup, who will be ridden by Hall of Fame jockey Chris McCarron. All entrants will carry 124 pounds. The full field for the Gold Cup in post position order with jockeys and morning-line odds is as follows:
PP Horse Jockey Odds
*Aptitude and Skimming will run as a coupled entry for Juddmonte Farm.
"CDSN is proud to offer this storied event as part of its 'Big Ticket' Summer racing series," said John R. Long, executive vice president and chief operating officer for Churchill Downs Incorporated ("CDI"). "The list of Gold Cup victors includes some of the most accomplished and admired Thoroughbred athletes of the 20th century - Seabiscuit, Citation, Affirmed, Cigar and Skip Away to name a few. The Gold Cup undercard also features three competitive stakes events that will add up to a very exciting day of racing at Hollywood Park."
The Gold Cup was first won by the legendary Seasbiscuit in 1938, and victories in the 1¼-mile contest have helped cement "Horse of the Year" honors for Swaps (1956), Ack Ack (1971), Affirmed (1979), Ferdinand (1987), Criminal Type (1990), Cigar (1995) and Skip Away (1998).
Hollywood Park's gates open at 10 a.m. on Sunday. First post is 12:15 PDT.
The five remaining CDSN "Big Ticket" race events are listed below:
Date Racetrack CDSN "Big Ticket" Event Total Stakes Purses
July 14 Calder Race Course Summit of Speed Day $1.05 million
More information on CDSN "Big Ticket" Summer can be found on the Internet at www.kentuckyderby.com.
Twin Spires Club Members Can Win 1 Million Points Through Summer Giveaway
As part of CDSN "Big Ticket" Summer, CDI's player-rewards program will this weekend launch the Twin Spires Club 1 Million Points Giveaway. Beginning Sunday, July 1, each participating Twin Spires Club location will randomly give away 1 million Twin Spires Club points to a patron who has wagered on CDSN racing (Churchill Downs, Arlington Park, Calder Race Course, Hollywood Park and Hoosier Park) with a Twin Spires Club card. Each wager made on CDSN racing with a Twin Spires Club card improves members' opportunity to win. The Twin Spires Club 1 Million Points Giveaway will also be offered on July 14 (Summit of Speed Day) and July 28 (Million Preview Day).
As part of the promotion, Golden State Rewards Network ("GSRN") members at Hollywood Park will be eligible to win 500,000 GSRN points on July 1 and July 14.
"The Twin Spires Club is our greatest asset for retaining and developing our current customers," said Andrew G. Skehan, CDI's senior vice president, sales and marketing. "The Twin Spires Club 1 Million Points Giveaway is a unique, members-only promotion that gives us another opportunity to reward our loyal patrons and encourage them to watch and wager on CDSN racing."
The Twin Spires Club allows members to earn points each time they wager and redeem points for prizes at participating locations, which are Churchill Downs, Arlington Park, Calder Race Course, Hoosier Park and the Company's off-track betting facilities in Kentucky, Illinois and Indiana. Patrons can join the Twin Spires Club at any participating location or online at www.twinspiresclub.com. GSRN information can be found on the Internet at www.hollywoodpark.com.
No purchase is necessary to participate in the promotion. Complete Twin Spires Club 1 Million Points Giveaway rules and a list of participating locations can be found on the Internet at www.twinspiresclub.com. Written requests for rules should be sent to: Churchill Downs Incorporated, 700 Central Avenue, Louisville, Kentucky, 40208, Attn: Corporate Twin Spires Club.
Churchill Downs Incorporated - headquartered in Louisville, Ky. - is one of the world's leading horse racing companies. Its flagship operation, Churchill Downs, is home of the Kentucky Derby and will host the race's 128th running on May 4, 2002. The Company owns additional racetracks in Kentucky, Illinois, California and Florida and has interests in a pari-mutuel operation in Indiana as well as various racing services companies. CDI trades on the Nasdaq National Market under the symbol CHDN and can be found on the Internet at www.churchilldownsincorporated.com.
CDSN, the product content provider of Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI) (Nasdaq: CHDN), presents more than 680 racing programs from CDI's six racetracks to wagering outlets worldwide. CDSN offers racing products from Churchill Downs, Arlington Park, Hollywood Park, Calder Race Course, Hoosier Park at Anderson and Ellis Park. CDSN is designed to drive simulcast wagering by providing a superior product and generating top-of-the-mind awareness of CDI's products.
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