Churchill Downs Inc. announced Aug. 14 that Randall Soth, who since September 2004 has served as president of Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots in New Orleans, is leaving CDI to pursue other career interests.
Soth, who was widely praised for his efforts to keep Fair Grounds afloat both during and after Hurricane Katrina, served as vice president and general manager of Calder Race Course, another CDI property, prior to joining Fair Grounds.
“It has been a great honor to work as a member of the CDI management team," Soth said in a statement released by CDI. “I’ve enjoyed my years with the company and am very grateful for the opportunities I’ve had. I want to thank the entire Fair Grounds team for their hard work and dedication, especially through the challenges of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. It has been a privilege to work with and learn from them.”
“Randy has truly been a great asset for our company,” CDI executive vice president Steve Sexton said. “He guided Fair Grounds through what was certainly the most trying and uncertain period in its history after the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina, and his unwavering leadership helped bring a strong and solid racing product back to New Orleans. He also oversaw the expansion of the Fair Grounds facility into a flourishing entertainment destination that includes alternative gaming. We are grateful for these contributions and wish Randy all the best in his future endeavors.”
The CDI release said search for a new head of racing operations will begin immediately, and that Austin Miller, who serves as vice president and general manager of slots and OTB operations for Fair Grounds, will absorb Soth’s responsibilities in the interim.