Articles posted April 8, 2003

Headlines and features from the Thoroughbred industry

Churchill Downs Enters Agreement on New Pittsburgh Track

Churchill Downs Incorporated and developer Charles J. Betters announced Tuesday that they have entered into a letter of intent in which CDI will be a partner and investor with Betters in the construction and development of Pittsburgh Palisades Park, a Thoroughbred racetrack operation proposed for the Hays area of Pittsburgh's south side.

Turfway Handle Off 12%; Total Purses Down 8%

A severe winter storm that left much of Kentucky paralyzed earlier this year helped lead to sharp declines in the Turfway Park winter meeting that ended April 3.

Handle Increases at Sunland Park

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The recently concluded 2002-2003 Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino live horse racing season posted record gains. Business continued to surge powered by full fields and added racing quality.

Playing Politics

By Ray Paulick -- Barring a last-minute miracle in the Maryland legislature, the horse industries in Maryland and Kentucky came up on the short end of the stick in their efforts to get legislation permitting slot machines at racetracks.

Too Soon

By Billy Reed -- A wall in the Churchill Downs press box is devoted to photos of deceased journalists who honored the Kentucky Derby with their passion and their talent.

Here and There

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Delaware Park opens April 26...The estate of Jacques and Louise Wimpfheimer comes up for auction...National Museum of Racing hosts Countdown to the Triple Crown.

Change in Training Schedule at Churchill Downs

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A new training schedule will be in place at Churchill Downs following the close of this season's spring meet in order to allow more time for construction crews to move forward on phase II of the $95 million renovation project.

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