$45,000 Raised for Three Maine Food Banks

$45,000 Raised for Three Maine Food Banks

According to the USDA’s Economic Research Services, in 2018, 88.9 percent of U.S. households were food secure throughout the year. The remaining 11.1 percent of households were food insecure at some time during the year, including 4.3 percent (5.6 million households) that had very low food security. The UMaine Extension – University of Maine states that Maine ranks 9th in the nation for food insecurity. 14.4% of Maine households are food insecure. 16% of Maine seniors and 1 in 5 children are food insecure.

A recent donation of $45,000 to three Maine food banks resulted from a year-long campaign to raise funds for food security in the state. Feed the Need, a team effort of Townsquare Media and Oxford Casino Hotel & Event Center, raised and collected donations made by guests during fundraising events throughout 2019. Jack Sours, Vice President and General Manager of Oxford Casino Hotel & Event Center said, “food insecurity is a serious problem in Maine, and particularly in Oxford Hills. Our partnership with Townsquare Media has proven that when given the opportunity, our guests step up to make a difference. I couldn’t be prouder of the substantial donations we’ve been able to collect and provide to local food pantries.” Brian Lang, Townsquare Northern New England Regional Market President, explained,”Townsquare Media is proud to partner with Oxford Casino Hotel & Event Center to help raise hundreds of thousands of dollars annually for local non-profits. Giving back to the community is an important component of what we do.”

Karen Miller, President of Oxford Helping Hands Food Pantry was very surprised by the $15,000 she received. “You cannot imagine what a huge help this is to us and, rest assured, every penny will be put to good use. The first thing that we did was make a list of foods that we have needed to stock our shelves. We serve, on average, 35 to 40 families a week; some of these families have several children, parents or grandparents living with them. We never turn anyone away and we, as volunteers, realize the need is so great in our area. The families that we serve are our friends and neighbors. We truly try to live up to our name of, ‘Helping Hands.’”

The food pantry is located at the Oxford Town Office at 85 Pleasant Street in Oxford. They are always happy to receive donations of money, hard goods, or produce from local gardens in the summer. If anyone has an emergent food situation or would like to volunteer to help, call 207-890-5693.

The Westbrook Food Pantry serves close to 500 families during each of their 6 month periods. Families are reregistered in January and July. Jeanne Reilly, Volunteer Organizer, said, “This wonderful donation will be discussed at a special board meeting on February 6, 2020. We are looking at purchasing carts for our many walkers to carry their monthly food pickup. We plan to buy gift cards to Hannaford in April as well as November. We will certainly increase our food purchases of [things like] fish and produce.”

Food and money donations can be arranged via WestbrookFoodPantry.org, by mail or personal visits to the food bank at 426 Bridge Street, Westbrook ME 04092. A pick-up of donations can be arranged by calling 207-591-8147.

Poland Community Food Pantry serves between 95 and 125 families each month in Mechanic Falls, Poland, and Minot. They also have a pet section to assist area folks in caring for their pets. Pam August said that the donation of $15,000 will be implemented, “to help maintain our food budget, utilities, and some building maintenance we are looking to complete this year.”

To volunteer to help at Poland Community Food Pantry, call 207-240-1739. They can always use help with “food runs.” Poland accepts all kinds of donations, cash or checks. They are always in need of peanut butter, canned meats, pasta, tomato products, and taco kits. Their hours are Wednesday, 2:00pm to 5:00pm and Saturdays, 10:00am to 1:00pm.

About Townsquare Media
Townsquare Media is a media, entertainment and digital marketing solutions company that owns and operates market leading radio stations, live events and digital, mobile, video and social media properties principally focused on small and mid-sized markets. The company specializes in creating and distributing original and motivating media experiences that connect communities with content they love, people they trust, products they want and things that matter.

About Oxford Casino Hotel & Event Center
Oxford Casino opened in June, 2012 and underwent two expansions, one in October 2012 and another in December 2013 after being purchased by Churchill Downs Incorporated. The hilltop Casino added a hotel, expanded gaming area and new restaurant venue in 2017. It is located on 100 acres 40 minutes northwest of Portland in Maine’s lakes and mountains region. The property includes just under 1,000 Class III slot machines and 28 table games. It also hosts Oxford Grill, a 140 seat casual restaurant, OX Pub, a 150 seat pub style restaurant, Oxford Express, a grab-and-go restaurant, and a 12-seat, video poker bar. Further information can be found at www.oxfordcasino.com.

About Churchill Downs Incorporated
Churchill Downs Incorporated (“CDI”) (Nasdaq: CHDN), headquartered in Louisville, Ky., is an industry-leading racing, gaming and online entertainment company anchored by our iconic flagship event – The Kentucky Derby. We own and operate the largest legal online horseracing wagering platform in the U.S., through our TwinSpires business. We are also a leader in brick-and-mortar casino gaming with approximately 11,000 slot machines and VLTs and approximately 200 table games in eight states. In August 2018, we launched our BetAmerica Sportsbook at our two Mississippi casino properties and have announced plans to enter additional U.S. sports betting and iGaming markets. Derby City Gaming, the first historical racing machine (“HRM”) facility in Louisville, Kentucky, was opened in September 2018 with 900 HRM machines. Additional information about CDI can be found online at www.churchilldownsincorporated.com.

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WBLM 102.9 and Oxford Casino Raise $10K for Veterans

Veterans chip presentation

Oxford, Maine: WBLM 102.9, Oxford Casino and casino guests raised $10,000 to benefit Veterans Inc., Veterans Count (a program of Easter Seals), and Wounded Heroes Program of Maine. WBLM’s team of Herb “Captain” Ivy, Brian “The Guru” James, along with Sarah Richer of Townsquare Media joined forces with Oxford Casino to conduct promotions to regularly raise funds for the very notable Veterans organizations. The Captain had this to say, “WBLM and Townsquare are so proud to be part of this with Oxford Casino. We’re ready, willing and able to make it even bigger next year.” Jack Sours, General Manager and Vice President of Oxford Casino confirmed plans for increased fundraising next year. “Yes, we’re stepping it up next year. I’m very proud of our efforts and the success we’ve had raising funds with WBLM and Townsquare Media for such worthy organizations.”

A Veterans Inc. facility is located in Lewiston, Maine, where the program provides emergency and transitional housing to veterans who are actively working to integrate themselves back into civilian life. Veterans Inc. also provides treatment plans, benefits counseling, transportation, legal advice and referrals, along with long term housing, career counseling, training, job placement and other outreach support to veterans. Alley Smith, ARNG, OEF, Veteran and Regional Manager of Veterans Inc.-Maine said, “We are truly grateful for Oxford Casino’s support of military, veterans and their families. Their donation will be used to assist countless families and veterans across the state. Every penny will assist veterans with basic needs such as food, shelter, clothing and assistance accessing housing and employment opportunities. Your contribution honors the service and sacrifice of United States military members and their families.” To learn more about or to donate to Veterans Inc., visit veteransinc.org.

Veterans Count provides critical and timely financial assistance and services when no other resource is available to veterans, service members and their families, to ensure their dignity, health and overall well-being. Jeremy J. Kendall, LSW and Director of Military and Veterans Services for Easter Seals Maine said, “All of (this donation) will stay here in Maine with 90% going directly back to the veterans we serve. This money will help put food on a veteran’s table to feed their family, fix a vehicle so the veteran can attend important medical appointments or maintain stable employment, pay a rent or mortgage payment for a veteran that has fallen on hard times or repair a home to increase the veteran’s housing stability. To learn more about Veterans Count or to donate, visit vetscount.org.

In 2008, when Pam Payeur’s son returned from war as a wounded veteran, she developed Wounded Heroes Program to help hundreds of wounded veterans with financial support and guidance to help them navigate the government system to help them acquire the benefits they rightfully deserve. Wounded Heroes is a 100% volunteer-run organization, with 95% of donations used to help pay rent/mortgage, phone bills, heating fuel payments, and more while they are waiting for their disability claims to be processed. To learn more about, or to donate to the Wounded Heroes Program, visit woundedheroesmaine.org.

Fundraising for 2017 begins with Hail to our Heroes on Sunday, January 15, 2017 and will continue monthly throughout the year. Details of the promotion will be posted to oxfordcasino.com in mid-December. Oxford Casino is now hiring and is proud to be Veteran/United States military friendly.

PHOTO ATTACHED Left to Right: Jeremy Kendall of Veterans Count/Easter Seals, Alley Smith of Veterans Inc., Pam Payeur of Wounded Heroes and Jack Sours of Oxford Casino

Oxford Casino opened in June, 2012 and underwent two expansions, one in October 2012 and another in December 2013. The hilltop Casino is located on 100 acres 40 minutes northwest of Portland in Maine’s lakes and mountains region. The property includes a 30,281 square foot, single level, gaming floor with more than 850 Class III slot machines and 28 table games. It also hosts Oxford Grill, a 140 seat casual restaurant, Oxford Express, a grab-and-go restaurant, and a 12-seat, video poker bar. Further information can be found at www.oxfordcasino.com.

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, FL; racetrack, casino and video poker operations in New Orleans, LA; racetrack operations in Arlington Heights, IL; a casino resort in Greenville, MS; a casino hotel in Vicksburg, MS; and a casino operation in Oxford, ME. CDI also owns the country’s premier online wagering company, TwinSpires.com; the totalisator company, United Tote; Luckity.com, offering fun games online for a chance to win cash prizes; Bluff Media, an Atlanta-based multimedia poker company; and a collection of racing-related telecommunications and data companies. In addition, CDI’s 50 percent owned, joint venture, Miami Valley Gaming and Racing LLC, is currently constructing a video lottery terminal and harness racing facility in southwest Ohio. Additional information about CDI can be found online at www.churchilldownsincorporated.com.

WJBQ’s Cans for a Cure Goal Doubled

Portland, Maine (October 17, 2016) – For the 14th year in a row, the WJBQ’s “Q Morning Show” spent 3 days and two nights in the Maine Mall parking lot requesting that people drop off cans and bottles to donate to Cans for a Cure to benefit two Maine cancer causes, Community Cancer Center and Maine Cancer Foundation

This year’s goal of collecting 1,000,000 cans and bottles for Cans for a Cure was set a little too high for Lori Voornas’ comfort level. “We doubled our goal with the encouragement and support of Oxford Casino. We were scared to DOUBLE our goal, but Oxford Casino had a plan to help. They held monthly fundraisers to benefit Cans for a Cure. Because of their commitment, and true passion for helping those fighting breast cancer, we were able to surpass our goal of collecting 1,000,000 bottles and cans. We raised over $54,000, all to stay in Maine! I love working with Oxford Casino. Their encouragement is contagious and we look forward to raising even more money and helping even more people in the years to come.” Voornas is one of three hosts of “The Q’s” morning show, which includes Jeff Parsons and Kylie Queen.

Oxford Casino raised a total of $25,000 through guest donations through promotions held monthly on scheduled Thursdays. Jack Sours said, “Oxford casino is honored to participate in this worthy fundraising event. Our guests truly came through for Cans for a Cure and are making a difference in the fight against cancer.”

Many other individuals and businesses stepped up to bring as many bottles as possible to the threesome as they were camped out in the mall parking lot. Two boys are credited with bringing a pink dump truck and a tractor trailer full of “empties” to the bottle drive. Attached to the side of trailer was a huge banner with the names of the family and friends of the boys who have been affected by breast cancer or had lost their battle, including their grandmother.

To learn more about Cans for a Cure, visit wjbq.com.

Photo attached: Lori Voornas, Jeff Parsons, Kylie Queen and Matt Gallagher

ABOUT OXFORD CASINO INCORPORATED

Oxford Casino opened in June, 2012 and underwent two expansions, one in October 2012 and another in December 2013 after being purchased by Churchill Downs Incorporated. The hilltop Casino is located on 100 acres just 40 minutes from Portland, at the gateway to Maine’s Lakes and Mountains Region. The property includes a 30,281 square foot, single level, gaming floor with more than 850 Class III slot machines and 28 table games. It also hosts Oxford Grill & Bar – a 140 seat casual restaurant, Oxford Express – a grab-and-go restaurant, and a 12-seat, video poker bar. Further information can be found at www.oxfordcasino.com.

ABOUT CHURCHILL DOWNS INCORPORATED

Churchill Downs Incorporated, (CDI) (NASDAQ: CHDN), headquartered in Louisville, Ky., is an industry-leading racing, gaming and online entertainment company anchored by our iconic flagship event – The Kentucky Derby. We are a leader in brick-and-mortar casino gaming with gaming positions in six states, and we are the largest legal online account wagering platform for horseracing in the U.S., through our ownership of TwinSpires.com. We are also one of the world’s largest producers and distributors of mobile games through Big Fish Games, Inc. Additional information about CDI can be found online at www.churchilldownsincorporated.com.

Wreaths Across America

Oxford, Maine (September 26, 2016) – This summer WOKQ (a division of Town Square Media) and Oxford Casino joined forces to hold fundraising events to benefit Maine-based, national nonprofit Wreaths Across America. Guests were encouraged to make donations during WOKQ’s live broadcasts from the casino. On Friday, September 23, 2016, a check in the amount of $5000 was presented to Amber Caron, public relations contact for Wreaths Across America. Jack Sours, General Manager and Vice President of Oxford Casino said, “Oxford Casino is proud of our established and continued efforts toward supporting our brave men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice and veterans who fought in defense of our nation and our freedom.”

This December, Wreaths Across America volunteers will place nearly 1 million Maine-made balsam wreaths on the headstones of our fallen veterans at more than 1,100 participating locations across the country, including our nation’s cemetery at Arlington. The purpose of laying the wreaths is not to decorate graves, but to remember and honor the lives of the veterans who sacrificed so much for our freedom.

“It is thanks to groups and individuals like WOKQ, Oxford Casino and their patrons that Wreaths Across America is able to honor and remember so many of our nation’s heroes each December,” said Karen Worcester, executive director, Wreaths Across America. “Each wreath is sponsored by a grateful American and will be placed on the graves of fallen servicemen and women as their names are read aloud to ensure they are not forgotten.”

This year National Wreaths Across America Day will be on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016. National Wreaths Across America Day is a free event, open to all. For more information, to donate or to sign up to volunteer, please visit www.WreathsAcrossAmerica.org.

ABOUT OXFORD CASINO INCORPORATED

Oxford Casino opened in June, 2012 and underwent two expansions, one in October 2012 and another in December 2013 after being purchased by Churchill Downs Incorporated. The hilltop Casino is located on 100 acres just 40 minutes from Portland, at the gateway to Maine’s Lakes and Mountains Region. The property includes a 30,281 square foot, single level, gaming floor with more than 850 Class III slot machines and 28 table games. It also hosts Oxford Grill & Bar – a 140 seat casual restaurant, Oxford Express – a grab-and-go restaurant, and a 12-seat, video poker bar. Further information can be found at www.oxfordcasino.com.

ABOUT CHURCHILL DOWNS INCORPORATED

Churchill Downs Incorporated, (CDI) (NASDAQ: CHDN), headquartered in Louisville, Ky., is an industry-leading racing, gaming and online entertainment company anchored by our iconic flagship event – The Kentucky Derby. We are a leader in brick-and-mortar casino gaming with gaming positions in six states, and we are the largest legal online account wagering platform for horseracing in the U.S., through our ownership of TwinSpires.com. We are also one of the world’s largest producers and distributors of mobile games through Big Fish Games, Inc. Additional information about CDI can be found online at www.churchilldownsincorporated.com.

ABOUT WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA

Wreaths Across America is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded to continue and expand the annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, begun by Maine businessman Morrill Worcester in 1992. The organization’s mission — Remember, Honor, Teach — is carried out in part each year by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies in December at Arlington, as well as at more than 1,100 veterans’ cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and beyond.

New Oxford Casino Hotel

OXFORD– This afternoon at Oxford Casino in Oxford, Maine, members of the community, Governor LePage, Maine lawmakers, and representatives from Oxford Casino and Churchill Downs Incorporated gathered to celebrate partnership and job creation in rural Maine and break ground on the new hotel development. The $25 million capital project includes expansion of the existing Oxford Casino facility and will feature over 100 new guestrooms including standard rooms and suites, additional dining options, an expansion of the gaming floor and new flexible meeting and banquet space.

“This is a really exciting time for Oxford and the Oxford Casino,” said Bill Mudd, President and Chief Operating Officer of Churchill Downs Incorporated. “Since we acquired this casino back in 2013, Churchill Downs Incorporated has been a very proud operator in this state. Today’s groundbreaking is evidence of our continued commitment to Southern Maine and to providing the best casino and first class property experience that our customers expect. We’re honored to continue investing in this community to create new jobs, generate economic development for Oxford and the surrounding communities.”

In his remarks, Governor LePage thanked Churchill Downs Incorporated and cited the change in the unemployment rate in the region from just under 12% in 2011 to the current rate of 3.4%.

In addition to remarks from the Governor and Bill Mudd, the program featured Jeremey Callahan, Slot Tech Manager at Oxford Casino. Callahan expressed gratitude to the Governor and key lawmakers in attendance who stood up to protect jobs in rural Maine. Following the groundbreaking ceremony, guests were invited to enjoy a light lunch.

Construction of the hotel and banquet space represents the second time CDI has invested in and expanded the Oxford, Maine facility since purchasing the property in July 2013. The facility currently employs over 400 people and is the largest employer in the town of Oxford. This latest expansion of the property will create 60 new full time positions as well as an estimated 1,000 temporary construction jobs.

The new hotel will connect to the town’s newly installed municipal sewer system providing a significant source of revenue for the sewer project. Construction of the expansion is expected to begin as early as June 2016 and be complete by summer 2017.

PLANS FOR A NEW HOTEL

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (April 28, 2016)- Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ: CHDN) (CDI or Company) today announced plans for the construction of a new attached $25 million hotel at the Oxford Casino property. The capital project includes expansion of the existing Oxford Casino facility and will feature over 100 new guestrooms including standard rooms and suites, additional dining options, an expansion of the gaming floor and new flexible meeting and banquet space.

“Churchill Downs Incorporated is thrilled to expand our presence in Maine,” said Bill Mudd, President and Chief Operating Officer of Churchill Downs Incorporated. “The new hotel will be a great addition to the Oxford Casino property and is a sign of our commitment to provide a first class facility in southern Maine.”

Construction of the hotel and banquet space represents the second time CDI has invested in and expanded the Oxford, Maine facility since purchasing the property in July 2013. The facility currently employs over 400 people and is the largest employer in the town of Oxford. This latest expansion of the property will create 60 new full time positions as well as an estimated 1,000 temporary construction jobs.

“This is tremendous news for Oxford Casino, the surrounding communities, our employees and our patrons from across the region. We’re anxious to begin construction and provide our guests with this exciting new option for their visit to Oxford,” said Jack Sours, Vice President and General Manager of Oxford Casino.

Oxford Casino continues to be a strong community and philanthropic partner, sponsoring events for area organizations including Veterans Count and Veterans Inc., groups that provide support and housing for those who have served our country. Additionally, Oxford County and the town of Oxford receive 1% and 2%, respectively, from distributions of net gaming revenue to fund local services. This amounted to just over $2 million for the city and county in 2015.

The new hotel will connect to the town’s newly installed municipal sewer system providing a significant source of revenue for the sewer project. Construction of the expansion is expected to begin as early as June 2016 and be complete by summer 2017.

About Churchill Downs Incorporated

Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI) (NASDAQ: CHDN), headquartered in Louisville, Ky., is an industry-leading racing, gaming and online entertainment company anchored by our iconic flagship event – The Kentucky Derby. We are a leader in brick-and mortar casino gaming with gaming positions in six states, and we are the largest, legal online account wagering platform for horseracing in the U.S., through our ownership of TwinSpires.com. We are also one of the world’s largest producers and distributors of mobile games through Big Fish Games, Inc. Additional information about CDI can be found online at www.churchilldownsincorporated.com.

Fundraising Goal

Oxford Casino Surpasses United Way of Oxford County Fundraising Goal for the Third Consecutive Year
OXFORD, Maine (September 23, 2015) The end of summer means it’s time for the United Way of Oxford County to kick off their Annual Campaign Drive to raise critical funds for programs focused on educational achievement, long-term financial stability and improved health for the community. The campaign also assists in leveraging funds through volunteer opportunities, other grant funding and through initiatives including the Backpack Project and the Food Pantry Project. When donors give funds to the United Way, they’re investing their dollars in programs that impact all of Oxford County.

This year’s campaign kickoff took place at Oxford Casino on August 19th and 20th, 2015 and the casino team surpassed their goal for the third year in a row. The $25,000 goal resulted in $31,000 being raised in salary contributions alone. Jack Sours, General Manager and Vice President of Oxford Casino and Chairman of the Board of the United Way of Oxford County commended the Oxford Team for rising to the occasion to assist the community, “Congratulations to everyone for once again exceeding our goal. It’s GREAT that our Oxford Casino team is so committed to giving back to the community that we work and live in.”

Additionally, on Monday, August 31, 2015 the casino team held an invitational golf tournament at Poland Spring to raise an additional $3,200 in funds for United Way of Oxford County, bringing the total garnered to just over $34,200.

The mission of United Way of Oxford County is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community to advance the common good. Their goal is to focus on the three building blocks of a strong community: Education, Income and Health. To donate to or learn about the United Way of Oxford County, please visit their website at uwoxfordcounty.org.

Oxford Casino opened in June, 2012 and underwent two expansions, one in October 2012 and another in December 2013. The hilltop Casino is located on 100 acres 40 minutes northwest of Portland in Maine’s lakes and mountains region. The property includes a 30,281 square foot, single level, gaming floor with more than 850 Class III slot machines and 26 table games. It also hosts Oxford Grill, a 140 seat casual restaurant, Oxford Express, a grab-and-go restaurant, and a 12-seat, video poker bar. Further information can be found at www.oxfordcasino.com.

Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI) (NASDAQ: CHDN), headquartered in Louisville, Ky., owns the world-renowned Churchill Downs Racetrack, home of the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks, as well as casino operations in Miami Gardens, Fla.; racetrack, casino and video poker operations in New Orleans, La.; racetrack operations in Arlington Heights, Ill.; a casino resort in Greenville, Miss.; a casino hotel in Vicksburg, Miss.; a casino in Oxford, Maine; and a 50 percent owned joint venture, Miami Valley Gaming and Racing LLC, in Lebanon, Ohio. CDI also owns Big Fish Games, Inc., one of the world’s largest producers and distributors of casual games; the country’s premier online wagering company, TwinSpires.com; the totalisator company, United Tote; and a collection of racing-related telecommunications and data companies. Additional information about CDI can be found online at www.churchilldownsincorporated.com.

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Three Years of Wicked Good Jobs!

OXFORD, Maine (May 20, 2015) – On June 6, 2012, Oxford Casino opened its doors for its first day of business, introducing an enthusiastic, brand-new workforce to the public. In March, 2013, Oxford Casino was acquired by Churchill Downs, Incorporated (CDI).

Three years after opening, Oxford Casino is still an employer of choice in Oxford County, steadily keeping an average of 400 people employed. Lack of past casino experience isn’t a hindrance at Oxford Casino, as they continue to actively recruit and train new hires.

Many front line workers who helped open the casino in 2012 have already been promoted to management within the organization, proving true the old adage, “it pays to get your foot in the door.” Jack Sours, Vice President and General Manager, is quick to say, “We always try to promote from within. When a job opens, it’s posted for our team first. We have great people working for us, and we’re pleased to provide them with that benefit.”

Speaking of “benefits,” the casino offers its full time team members a comprehensive array of benefits including medical, dental, vision, short-term and long-term disability, life insurance, an employee assistance program, a health advocate and several other voluntary benefits team members can elect to participate in.

Oxford Casino’s 401(k) retirement plan offers a generous, company match and eligible employees are also given the opportunity to participate in the Employee Stock Purchase Plan. Stock in CDI (NASDAQ symbol CHDN) is offered at a discount to team members, and the value of CDI shares has doubled over the last three years, providing Oxford Casino team members who choose to take advantage of the Employee Stock Purchase Plan a noteworthy dividend.

CDI ALSO RANKED #67 ON Forbes 100 Best Small Companies in America list for 2014. Bill Carstanjen, CEO of CDI said, “We have worked to ensure (CDI’s) long-term success and heritage while building a solid foundation for future areas of investment and growth.”

Oxford Casino opened in June 2012, and underwent two expansions, one in October 2012, and another in December 2013. The hilltop Casino is located on 100 acres, 40 minutes northwest of Portland in Maine’s lakes and mountains region. The property includes a 30,281 square foot, single level, gaming floor with more than 850 Class III slot machines and 26 table games. It also hosts Oxford Grill, a 140 seat casual restaurant, Oxford Express, a grab-and-go restaurant, and a 12-seat, video poker bar. Further information can be found at www.oxfordcasino.com.

Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI) (NASDAQ: CHDN), headquartered in Louisville, Ky., owns the world-renowned Churchill Downs Racetrack, home of the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks, as well as racetrack and casino operations in Miami Gardens, Fla.; racetrack, casino and video poker operations in New Orleans, La.; racetrack operations in Arlington Heights, Ill.; a casino resort in Greenville, Miss.; a casino hotel in Vicksburg, Miss.; a casino in Oxford, Maine; and a 50 percent owned joint venture, Miami Valley Gaming and Racing LLC, in Lebanon, Ohio. CDI also owns Big Fish Games, Inc., one of the world’s largest producers and distributors of casual games; the country’s premier online wagering company, TwinSpires.com; the totalisator company, United Tote; Bluff Media, an Atlanta-based multimedia poker company; and a collection of racing-related telecommunications and data companies. Additional information about CDI can be found online at www.churchilldownsincorporated.com.

American Pharoah

141 Kentucky Derby Logo

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 2, 2015) – It was ideal weather for the 141st running of the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands as a record 170,513 fans, the highest attendance in Derby history, watched American Pharoah take home the garland of roses in the final stretch. Prior attendance record of 165,307 was set in 2012 when I’ll Have Another won the 138th Kentucky Derby.

Wagering from all-sources was the highest all-time on both the Kentucky Derby Day program and on the Kentucky Derby race.

Wagering from all-sources on the Kentucky Derby Day program totaled $194.3 million, an increase of 4% over the 2014 total of $186.6 million, and an increase of 4% over the previous record set in 2012 of $187.0 million. Wagering from all-sources on the Kentucky Derby race increased 7% to $137.9 million from 2014’s $129.2 million and a 4% increase over the previous record set in 2012 of $133.1 million.

On-track wagering on the Kentucky Derby program of $23.0 million declined 2% from $23.4 million in 2014. On-track wagering on the Kentucky Derby race totaled $12.0 million, an increase of 1% over 2014’s $11.9 million.

Churchill Downs returned $154.3 million to bettors on the Kentucky Derby Day race program. Additionally, purses earned from the Kentucky Derby Day race program approximated $10.7 million that will be paid out to horsemen during the remainder of the 2015 race meets.

RACE COMMENTARY

“We congratulate the connections of American Pharoah on his victory in this year’s 141st running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands,” said Kevin Flanery, president of Churchill Downs Racetrack. “It was truly a team effort here at Churchill Downs and I want to thank the horses, jockeys, trainers, owners and employees who created an extraordinary opening week and an unforgettable Derby day. We look forward to an impressive 2015 Spring Meet.”

BUSINESS COMMENTARY

“The Kentucky Derby is an awe-inspiring spectacle and all of us who work here feel privileged to be a part of this experience,” said Bill Carstanjen, CEO of Churchill Downs Incorporated. “We saw continued improvement again this year and we preliminarily expect record Adjusted EBITDA with growth over last year’s Kentucky Oaks and Derby week of $5.0-to-$6.5 million.”

TWINSPIRES

Bettors took full advantage of TwinSpires.com and the new TwinSpires app for iOS devices to handicap, place wagers, and watch live races. For Derby Day, TwinSpires, the country’s leading online betting platform, handle on all Churchill Downs races for the Kentucky Derby Day program totaled $20.8 million, up 17% over $17.8 million in 2014. For the Kentucky Derby race itself, handle totaled a record $13.2 million on TwinSpires, up 17% from $11.3 million in 2014.

DERBY WEEK

All-sources handle for Opening Night, Saturday, April 25, through Derby Day, Saturday, May 2, rose to a record $263.3 million, up 4% from 2014’s $253.8 million, and 2% over the record set in 2013. Attendance for those five days was a record, up 5% to 365,006 from 348,530 in 2014 and up 1.5% over the previous record set in 2011.

DERBY WINNER

American Pharoah, owned and bred in Kentucky by Ahmed Zayat, passed runner-up Firing Line in deep stretch to win by a length as the 5-2 favorite, returning $7.80 for each $2 win wager. Trainer Bob Baffert won for the fourth time with prior victories coming in 1997 with Silver Charm, 1998 with Real Quiet, and 2002 with War Emblem. Baffert also saddled third-place finisher Dortmund. It was the third Kentucky Derby triumph for jockey Victor Espinoza, who won the race in 2002 aboard War Emblem and last year on California Chrome.

The winner covered 1 ¼ miles over a fast track in 2:03.02 for his fifth consecutive win and his fifth victory in six career races. The victory was worth $1.4 million and increased American Pharoah’s earnings to $2.8 million.

NOTE: Churchill Downs Incorporated uses Adjusted EBITDA, which the Company implemented during the nine months ended September 30, 2013, as a key performance measure of results of operations for purposes of evaluating performance internally. The Company believes the use of this measure enables management and investors to evaluate and compare, from period to period, the Company’s operating performance in a meaningful and consistent manner. This non-GAAP measurement is not intended to replace the presentation of the Company’s financial results in accordance with GAAP.

ABOUT CHURCHILL DOWNS RACETRACK

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: CHDN) also operates Trackside at Churchill Downs, which offers year-round simulcast wagering at the historic track. The 2015 Spring Meet at Churchill Downs runs from April 25-June 27. The track has hosted the Breeders’ Cup World Championships a record eight times. Information about Churchill Downs can be found on the Internet at www.ChurchillDowns.com.

ABOUT CHURCHILL DOWNS INCORPORATED
Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI) (NASDAQ: CHDN), headquartered in Louisville, Ky., owns the world-renowned Churchill Downs Racetrack, home of the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks, as well as racetrack and casino operations in Miami Gardens, Fla.; racetrack, casino and video poker operations in New Orleans, La.; racetrack operations in Arlington Heights, Ill.; a casino resort in Greenville, Miss.; a casino hotel in Vicksburg, Miss.; a casino in Oxford, Maine; and a 50 percent owned joint venture, Miami Valley Gaming and Racing LLC, in Lebanon, Ohio. CDI also owns Big Fish Games, Inc., one of the world’s largest producers and distributors of casual games; the country’s premier online wagering company, TwinSpires.com; the totalisator company, United Tote; Bluff Media, an Atlanta-based multimedia poker company; and a collection of racing-related telecommunications and data companies. Additional information about CDI can be found online at www.churchilldownsincorporated.com.

Information set forth in this discussion and analysis 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,” “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 impact of increasing insurance costs; the impact of interest rate fluctuations; maintaining favorable relationships we have with third-party mobile platforms, the inability to secure new content from third-party developers on favorable terms, keeping our games free from programming errors or flaws, the effect if smart phone and tablet usage does not continue to increase; the financial performance of our racing operations; the impact of casino 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 Kentucky, Illinois, Louisiana and Ohio 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 or casino activities; a substantial change in allocation of live racing days; changes in Kentucky, Illinois, Louisiana or Ohio law or regulations that impact revenues or costs of racing in those states; the presence of wagering and casino 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 acquisitions and planned expansion projects including the effect of required payments in the event we are unable to complete acquisitions; 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, keep its technology current or maintain its significant customers; our accountability for environmental contamination; the ability of Big Fish Games or TwinSpires to prevent security breaches within their 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 or anticipated 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 limitation, agreements on sharing of revenues from casinos and advance deposit wagering); the effect of claims of third parties to intellectual property rights; and the volatility of our stock price.

Forbes Magazine

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (October 27, 2014) – Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI or the Company) (NASDAQ: CHDN), announced today that it ranked #67 on Forbes 100 Best Small Companies in America list for 2014. CDI stands out as the only Kentucky business on the top 100 list as well as the lone gaming company and lone racing company.

This is the first time Churchill Downs Incorporated has appeared on this Forbes list. The Kentucky Derby ranked #10 this year on Forbes Most Valuable Event Brands in Sports. America’s greatest race has consistently been named in the top ten of this list (2013, 2012, 2011, 2010).

The Forbes 100 Best Small Companies in America list features firms with strong sales and earnings growth. According to the magazine, “the rankings are based on earnings growth, sales growth and return on equity in the past 12 months and over five years.” They also factored in stock performance versus each company’s peer group during the last year as of Oct. 1, 2014.

“Just as the Kentucky Derby has grown into the 21st century, so has Churchill Downs Incorporated. We have worked to ensure its long-term success and heritage while building a solid foundation for future areas of investment and growth,” said Bill Carstanjen, CDI’s Chief Executive Officer. “We are proud to be included among the nation’s top small companies.”

“Churchill Downs Incorporated has made invaluable investments in the commonwealth. I appreciate their hard work to grow a business and a brand Kentuckians can be proud of,” said Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear. “I want to congratulate them on this honor and know we can look forward to many more years of continued success.”

“Congratulations to Churchill Downs Incorporated on this acknowledgement. They are an integral part of the life and tradition of our city and a great source of pride for all of us that call Louisville home,” said Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer. “We are proud to have been recognized as the most livable city in America by the U.S. Conference of Mayors and we know it is in large part due to companies like Churchill Downs Incorporated and the contributions they make to our economy and community. Forbes’ recognition validates their amazing work and reputation throughout the nation and world”

For more information, please visit: http://www.forbes.com/best-small-companies/

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 in Miami Gardens, Fla.; racetrack, casino and video poker operations in New Orleans, La.; racetrack operations in Arlington Heights, Ill.; a casino resort in Greenville, Miss.; a casino hotel in Vicksburg, Miss.; a casino in Oxford, Maine; and a 50 percent owned joint venture, Miami Valley Gaming and Racing LLC, in Lebanon, Ohio. CDI also owns the country’s premier online wagering company, TwinSpires.com; the totalisator company, United Tote; Bluff Media, an Atlanta-based multimedia poker company; and a collection of racing-related telecommunications and data companies. Additional information about CDI can be found online at www.churchilldownsincorporated.com.

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 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, keep its technology current or maintain its significant customers; 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.