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Sep 16, 2011

=== Barns' restoration complete at Churchill Downs ===


Louisville,  KY (Sports  Network) - The repair and restoration of stable barns
damaged  at  Churchill  Downs  by  a  tornado  in  June  has  been  completed.
Thoroughbreds  are  being moved  into the  barns for  the upcoming fall racing

"This is a very special day for Churchill Downs, our horsemen and all who felt
the  impact of the tornado that hit our track on an evening that five of those
storms  took Kentucky  and Southern Indiana by surprise," said Churchill Downs
Racetrack  President Kevin  Flanery. "We continue to consider the fact that no
horses  or humans  were  injured in  the  tornado to  be  miraculous, but  the
completion  of repair work on our damaged barns during a very narrow window of
time is also remarkable."

A  tornado struck  the Louisville area on Wednesday, June 22 and caused damage
to  the track's backside, including the stable area's chapel. The price tag of
the damage was assessed at about $1.5 million.

"A  long  list of partners headed  by Louisville's Hall Contracting, Luckett &
Farley  architects, our  horsemen  and  our Churchill  Downs  team made  major
contributions  to this  effort and  worked hard  to make  the goal  of getting
horses  back into these barns by Sept. 15 a reality," Flanery added. "We thank
those partners and every individual, public agency, and the many community and
church  groups  that reached  out to offer  help to our  track and support the
individuals  impacted  by the tornado in  the hours after the storm and during
the following weeks and months that led to this special day."

The  2011  Churchill Downs fall  meeting will cover  21 days of racing between
October 30 and November 27.

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