LOUISVILLE, Ky., Oct. 8, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Churchill Downs Incorporated ("CDI" or the "Company") (Nasdaq:CHDN) announced today, Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, that it has named James E. "Ted" Gay President of Churchill Downs Interactive, which will consist of the Company's online initiatives, including TwinSpires.com, Luckity.com and Bluff Media. As part of this role, Gay will continue to oversee business development activities with respect to the Company's online initiatives. Gay is currently based in Louisville, Ky., but will relocate to Mountain View, Calif., in early 2013. Gay, who assumes his new duties immediately, will report directly to President and Chief Operating Officer William C. Carstanjen. Gay joined the Company as director of business development in March 2003. He was promoted to vice president in June 2006 and to senior vice president of strategy and business development in January 2009. In March of 2012, Gay was promoted to senior vice president and chief strategy officer. "Throughout Ted's tenure with the Company he has played a strong leadership role in the development of CDI's online strategy and initiatives. He was an essential part of our leadership team in the acquisitions of AmericaTAB and YouBet.com. He also led the acquisition of Bluff Media and currently oversees its operations. Most recently, Ted has led the strategic thinking behind, and development of, Luckity.com," Carstanjen said. "Ted has developed a deep level of experience and dynamic skill set that makes him the right person to take on this new position and help lead the Company further into the online space." Gay, a Lexington, Ky., native, holds a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Virginia. He currently serves on the board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana. 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, TwinSpires.com; the totalisator company, United Tote; and a collection of racing-related telecommunications and data companies. 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. 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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.
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