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Mayor Greg Fischer Newsroom

Horse Fans “Race to Recycle” at Churchill Downs

Friday May 2, 2008

Expanded recycling program to benefit schools, jockeys

A new partnership will bring recycling back to historic Churchill Downs just in time for the Kentucky Oaks and Derby races. Mayor Jerry Abramson; Steve Sexton, president of Churchill Downs; Pat Franc, president of ARCO Aluminum; and Anheuser-Busch Corporation announced the “Race to Recycle”, an effort to promote recycling during Oaks and Derby.

“With the city and the country’s premier racetrack working together, we will set an example for the entire world that Louisville is a recycling community,” Abramson said. “I am pleased that we have so many groups working together for a common goal during this spectacular time in our city.”

Visitors to Churchill Downs on Oaks and Derby days may recycle aluminum cans and plastic bottles in the satellite parking lot at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium or at one of four locations in the track’s infield. The large recycling containers are marked with “Go Green Louisville – Get in the Loop” logos.

“Race to Recycle is an exemplary effort to increase the awareness of recycling in the community,” said Franc. “This program takes the recycling message to thousands of people who visit Churchill Downs throughout the year, and also gets the community involved through the school recycling challenge.”

Last year, visitors to Churchill Downs for Oaks and Derby generated 174 tons of trash. About 50 percent is recyclable.

Three local schools will send teams to Churchill Downs after the Derby to collect recyclables from the infield, paddock, parking lot and other areas near the track. Approximately 90 students and 30 instructors will take part in the post-Derby collection. A portion of the proceeds from the recyclables collected by the students will go to Churchill Downs’ Permanently Disabled Jockeys Charity program.

“This recycling initiative is a proven winner because it allows fans who are concerned about the environment to actively do something to help,” said Rob Thoele, region manager for Anheuser-Busch Recycling. “Because of the City of Louisville’s support and commitment, and the dedication of our partners at ARCO Aluminum, this program will keep a significant amount of used beverage containers from reaching landfills.”

“Churchill Downs is pleased to join the city, ARCO Aluminum and Anheuser-Busch in this partnership to launch this very significant recycling project,” Sexton said. “This community has been our home for 134 years, and we hope this project will inspire similar efforts throughout the community and our horse industry to recycle and help improve the quality of life in this region.”

ARCO Aluminum will provide about 50 recycling receptacles to Churchill Downs as part of the continuing effort to sustain recycling after the “Race to Recycle” is complete. The cans will be placed the week after Derby and will remain at the track for the spring and fall meets.

The Louisville Metro Solid Waste Management Department will collect the recyclables on a regular basis throughout the spring and fall meets. The materials will be transported to a recovery facility for processing.

About ARCO Aluminum
ARCO Aluminum Inc., headquartered in Louisville, KY, is a wholly owned subsidiary of BP Company North America, Inc. BP acquired ARCO in 2000. ARCO Aluminum’s origins date back to its own 1977 acquisition of Anaconda Mining Co. ARCO produces its rolled can sheet exclusively at the Logan Aluminum rolling mill as part of a joint venture manufacturing entity.

About Anheuser-Busch
Based in St. Louis, Anheuser‑Busch is the leading American brewer, holding a 48.5 percent share of U.S. beer sales. The company brews the world’s largest-selling beers, Budweiser and Bud Light. Anheuser‑Busch is a major manufacturer of aluminum cans and one of the world’s largest recyclers of aluminum cans. For more information, visit

About Churchill Downs
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 Global Select Market: CHDN) also operates Trackside at Churchill Downs, which offers year-round simulcast wagering at the historic track. Churchill Downs will conduct the 134th running of the Kentucky Derby on May 3, 2008. The track’s 2008 Spring Meet runs from April 26 through July 6. Churchill Downs has hosted the Breeders’ Cup World Championships a record six times. Information about Churchill Downs can be found on the Internet at