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CDSN news release

Contact: Contact: Julie Koenig Loignon (502) 636-4502


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (June 30, 2001) -- Churchill Downs Simulcast Network ("CDSN") today awarded its first "Big Ticket" $10,000 prize to James Harkless, a patron at Philadelphia Park Racetrack.

The Croyden, Penn., resident placed a winning wager on Churchill Downs' eighth race, a 6-furlong allowance contest won by Overbrook Farm's Snow Ridge. Harkless made a $5 across-the-board wager on Snow Ridge, who paid $5.40 to win. Harkless' winning wager was randomly selected from Philadelphia's Park's "place" pool, and Harkless was notified that he won a random drawing for CDSN's "Big Ticket" $10,000 prize when he attempted to cash his winning ticket.

The CDSN "Big Ticket" Weekends promotion will randomly award $10,000 to one on-track or simulcast customer nationwide who made a winning wager on CDSN racetracks conducting Thoroughbred race meets (Churchill Downs, Arlington Park, Calder Race Course, Ellis Park and Hollywood Park). The promotion will take place each Saturday and Sunday through July 29, 2001, and will be offered at participating racetracks and off-track betting ("OTB") facilities throughout the country. Each wager placed on a CDSN race represents another opportunity to win. Up to $100,000 will be awarded throughout the promotion.

Customers can determine if they are a winner by watching the CDSN racetrack signals. When the selected winning race starts, a special "'Big Ticket' - $10,000 winner" logo will flash to announce the winning race. The randomly selected winning race will not be announced in advance and could be any CDSN Thoroughbred race on each day of the promotion.

To be a winner, customers must have placed a winning wager on the selected race. After the selected race, each of the CDSN racetrack signals will display the chosen winning CDSN track and race. After the race is official, all CDSN signals will display the winning wager pool to let customers know the type of the winning wager. Finally, each of the signals will display the winning location to let customers nationwide know at which racetrack or OTB the winning customer placed the wager.

The 42-year-old Harkless said he is an avid horse racing fan, who frequents Philadelphia Park two to three times each week and enjoys wagering on Churchill Downs racing. When asked how he would spend his $10,000 prize, Harkless said he planned to use his winnings to help his mother who is hospitalized, recovering from a stroke. "I'm glad that I will be able to help her out," he said.

The CDSN "Big Ticket" Weekends promotion will be available at participating U.S. locations only. Winners need not be present to win the $10,000 prize. No purchase is necessary to enter (see official rules for details). A complete list of official CDSN "Big Ticket" Weekend rules can be found on the Internet at Written requests for rules can be sent to Churchill Downs Incorporated, 700 Central Avenue, Louisville, Kentucky, 40208, Attn: CDSN Marketing.

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

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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