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Mohegan Sun Casinos Raises the Stakes by Sponsoring 2006 Fidelity Investments Jumper Classic

Hamilton, MA-May 1, 2006- Mohegan Sun Casinos announced today that they have signed on to sponsor the Mohegan Sun Speed Stake, to be held on Sunday, September 10, 2006, following the $75,000 Fidelity Investments Jumper Classic. The well known casino is excited to bring their name to this signature event.

Mohegan Sun Casinos, located in Uncasville, CT, is one of New England’s premier gaming destinations. It includes some of the most distinguished restaurants, hotel accommodations, retail shopping, spas, popular live entertainment, and sporting events. Along with some of the hottest gaming tables and slot machines, Mohegan Sun offers something for everyone.

“Mohegan Sun is very excited about becoming a sponsor of the Fidelity Investments Jumper Classic,” said Mark Provost, Regional Marketing Manager for Mohegan Sun. “This gives Mohegan Sun a great opportunity to associate ourselves with a wonderful event in the New England region. We have felt that The Fidelity Investments Jumper Classic and Mohegan Sun would be a great match, and we are thrilled that it has come to fruition. We look forward to building on our relationship and hopefully becoming more prominent in the equestrian circuit.”

Susan Chavez, Vice President of The Jumper Classic stated, “As the ‘market-facing’ arm of The Jumper Classic, I can say without equivocation, Mohegan Sun is one of the most exciting organizations that I have had the pleasure of working with in years. I am really looking forward to their participation this year and beyond.”

The Jumper Classic is celebrating its seventeenth year, and it promises to be the best one yet. This is the seventh year that Fidelity Investments has returned as the title sponsor of the Grand Prix. Fidelity Investments is one of the world’s largest providers of financial services. They are the largest mutual fund company in the United States and the number one provider of workplace retirement savings plans. The event has become one of the most highly anticipated events of the season on the beautiful North Shore of Boston. The show attracts Olympic caliber competitors, 500 horses, and over 10,000 spectators each year.

“I have been consistently proud of the quality and stature of our corporate sponsors. Coming from the business world, it's been a point of particular emphasis and pride for me,” said Dr. Jeff Papows, PhD, Chairman of the Board for The Jumper Classic. “Mohegan Sun's addition to the ranks of quality companies associated with The Jumper Classic further codifies the emphasis on quality and excellence we seek to apply to every facet of this great event year after year. I couldn't be more thrilled to add them to our ranks,” he stated.

The Jumper Classic features an annual speed stake which challenges athletes and their equines in a race against the clock. The Speed Stake has previously been a $5,000 class that was sponsored by Mercedes Benz. Mohegan Sun has raised the purse this year to a $7,000 Speed Stake. Last year’s winner was Darren Graziano aboard Allure, owned by Dunkeld Associates. Margie Engle, nine-time American Grand Prix Association Rider of the Year and defending champion of the 2004 $50,000 Fidelity Investments Jumper Classic, filled both the second and third placings in 2005.

The Fidelity Investments Jumper Classic is one of 30 events that has the American Grand Prix Association (AGA) designation, which is a privilege given only to the most accredited and well produced venues. The AGA series offers over $3 million dollars in prize money on a tour that encompasses twenty different equestrian locations across the United States. The Jumper Classic is honored to be one of the exclusive events on this tour. This is just another reason that many businesses often take advantage of the sponsorship opportunities available in equestrian sports, which tap into a diverse and influential demographic market associated within the highest level of the sport of show jumping.

If you are looking for more information regarding sponsorship opportunities, please contact Melissa Lovasco at (978) 283-7708 or via email at Melissa@jumperclassic.com. You may also visit The Jumper Classic website at http://www.jumperclassic.com for more information.

Fidelity Investments is one of the world’s largest providers of financial services, with custodied assets of $2.3 trillion, including managed assets of $1.1 trillion as of October 31, 2005. Fidelity offers investment management, retirement planning, brokerage, and human resources and benefits outsourcing services to more than 20 million individuals and institutions as well as through 5,500 financial intermediary firms. The firm is the largest mutual fund company in the United States, the number one provider of workplace retirement savings plans, one of the largest mutual fund supermarkets and a leading online brokerage firm. For more information about Fidelity Investments, visit http://www.fidelity.com.

Photo: Darren Graziano aboard Allure. Photo Credit: Jennifer Wood/PhelpsSports.com


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