Churchill Downs Incorporated names New Orleans native Gary Palmisano Executive Director of Racing

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Gary Palmisano
Gary Palmisano is a New Orleans native and Archbishop Rummel graduate.

LOUISVILLE, KY. (September 12, 2022) – Churchill Downs Incorporated (“CDI” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: CHDN) announced today that Gary Palmisano, Jr. has been promoted to Executive Director of Racing. In this role, Palmisano will support and enhance the Company’s commitment to the U.S. Thoroughbred racing and breeding industry as well as focus on the implementation of standards and processes outlined in the Horse Racing Integrity and Safety Act (“HISA”) across all CDI racing properties.

“Gary brings a wealth of varied industry experience that ideally positions him for success in this role,” said Bill Mudd, President and Chief Operating Officer at CDI. “In addition to strong relationships with key stakeholders, his unparalleled passion and vision for this sport will ensure that Churchill Downs and its racing assets remain progressive leaders in a rapidly-evolving industry.”

Palmisano brings over 15 years of industry experience. Prior to this promotion, he served in multiple roles at Churchill Downs Racetrack including Special Assistant to Track President, VIP Player Services Manager and, most recently, Director of Race Day Operations. Palmisano started his professional career in racing in Louisiana where he gained experience at Fair Grounds Race Course and with the Louisiana State Racing Commission.

“This opportunity is a lifelong dream realized for me,” said Palmisano. “Having grown up in the barn area of Fair Grounds Race Course with my dad, the late Gary Palmisano, Sr., being a longtime trainer and racing official, I quickly knew that racing would be my life’s passion. Ever since moving to Louisville to pursue an Equine Business Degree at the University of Louisville and beginning my work as an intern at Churchill Downs Racetrack, I’ve maintained a focus on amassing as much knowledge as I could so I could serve the industry I love in a capacity like this.”

Palmisano’s appointment as Executive Director of Racing will be effective immediately.

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