Edited Churchill Downs Inc. release
Churchill Downs Inc. has named Randall Soth president and general manager of Fair Grounds in New Orleans. The announcement was made Sept. 30 by CDI's executive vice president and chief operating officer Andrew Skehan, to whom Soth will report.
Soth will assume his new position as soon as CDI completes the purchase of Fair Grounds, which is scheduled to occur on or before Oct. 15. The U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Louisiana authorized the sale of Fair Grounds to CDI Sept. 24 when it approved the bankruptcy reorganization plan submitted by CDI; Fair Grounds Corp., principal owner of the racetrack; and the Louisiana Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association.
Soth previously served as vice president and general manager of Calder Race Course, CDI's live racing operation in Miami, where his responsibilities varied from supervising various departments, to directing simulcast efforts, to ensuring safe working conditions throughout the facility and the stable area. Before he joined the Calder management team in 1996, Soth spent 20 years in a variety of racetrack management positions.
Soth served as general manager of Retama Park in San Antonio, Texas; as vice president of racing at Sam Houston Park, also in Texas; and as racing secretary for the following New Jersey racetracks: Monmouth Park, Atlantic City Race Course, Garden State Park, and Meadowlands.
In his new role, Soth will lead Fair Grounds and its management team through the transition into the CDI family of companies.
Soth said it was a tremendous honor to be chosen to lead one of the nation's oldest and most storied racetracks.
"Horse racing has long been an important part of Louisiana's rich cultural heritage, and I welcome the opportunity to help pilot this grand institution through present challenges and towards future success," Soth said in a release. "I look forward to working with the track's team of employees, Louisiana horsemen and the New Orleans community as we build on Fair Grounds' traditions and truly bring this remarkable racing venue back to national prominence."
A replacement for Soth has not been named; however, Calder president Ken Dunn said a national search is under way.
"Randy has been a fundamental part of Calder's management team, as well as a trusted friend and counselor," Dunn said. "We will certainly miss him, but this is a fantastic opportunity for Randy and for our future teammates at Fair Grounds."