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Jacksons Arrive at Churchill; Promote Barbaro Charity

Immediately upon their arrival at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) day, Roy and Gretchen Jackson spoke in a press conference in the Paddock Pavilion about their beloved colt Barbaro, who captured last year's Run for the Roses, but was euthanized earlier this year due to injuries suffered in the 2006 Preakness Stakes (gr. I). Also on hand to promote NTRA Charities - Barbaro Memorial Fund was Alex Waldrop, NTRA president and chief executive officer.

Regulators Pass Model Rule on Steroids

Regulators attending the Association of Racing Commissioners International annual conference April 26 approved a number of model rules, including the prohibition in horses of nearly all anabolic steroid use.

Triple Crown Dates Set as National Fundraising Days for Barbaro Fund

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The National Thoroughbred Racing Association, Churchill Downs, Magna Entertainment, and the New York Racing Association announced March 20 that Kentucky Derby day, Preakness Stakes day, and Belmont Stakes day have been established as national fundraising dates for the NTRA Charities â€" Barbaro Memorial Fund.

TVG Airing Eclipse Awards; O'Connell to Emcee

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TVG will air live coverage of the 36th annual Eclipse Awards Jan. 22, a celebration of horseracing's best performances of the year, from the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., with coverage beginning on TVG at 8 p.m. ET. TV and film star Jerry O'Connell, who plays a lead role in the NBC series, "Crossing Jordan," will serve as emcee of the program for his third straight year.

Waldrop, Elliston Land NTRA Management Posts

Alex Waldrop, former president of Churchill Downs, has been appointed president and chief executive officer of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association. In addition, Turfway Park president Bob Elliston was appointed the first executive chairman of the organization.

Kentucky Casino Bill Heard in Committee

Officials representing the horse industry said Wednesday following a Kentucky House of Representatives Licensing and Occupations committee meeting that full industry support for casino gaming at five racetracks and four off-site locations comes down to cleaning up language in the proposed bill. The bill, which was filed by Democrat Rep. Larry Clark, is expected to be heard in full committee during its March 10 meeting.

Labor Issue Derails Local Tax Break for Churchill

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Efforts by Churchill Downs to obtain local tax breaks totaling an estimated $7.5 million over 30 years were derailed Friday after representatives of the track were unable to reach an agreement over labor demands being made by the Louisville, Ky. Board of Aldermen.

Record Derby Boosts Churchill Handle

Boosted by record wagering on the Kentucky Derby, total betting during Churchill Downs' 52-day spring meet surpassed the $500 million mark for the third consecutive year. Meanwhile, declines in on-track attendance and wagering were offset by gains in off-track betting.

Churchill Downs Moving Closer to Slot Advocacy

Churchill Downs executives say they are not advocating slot machines at Kentucky racetracks, but at a meeting Monday track president Alex Waldrop made a strong pitch for alternative gaming. Waldrop said alternative gaming was the best long-term solution to keep the racing industry in Kentucky growing, according to Louisville Courier-Journal.

Churchill: Derby Pumps $217.8M Into Economy

About a month after it made a public pitch for tax reductions and support from the state, Churchill Downs said Monday that the 2001 Kentucky Derby contributed $217.8 million to the economy Louisville, Ky., and the surrounding region over a three-day period.

Officials: Kentucky Losing Too Much Ground

During a Tuesday morning hearing one legislator called "an eye-opener," representatives from Kentucky's horse racing and breeding industry outlined its current status and the economic challenges it faces. And it wasn't a pretty picture.

Safety First: Churchill Replaces Inner Rail

Fans attending upcoming Spring Meet races at Churchill Downs may not immediately notice a change, but the jockeys and horses that compete on the historic track will significantly benefit from a new safety rail that is currently being installed along the inside portion of the one-mile dirt oval.

First Derby Future Wager Pool in Mid-February

Due to the date of Easter weekend this year, Churchill Downs has amended the schedule for the third pool of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager. Pool 1 is scheduled for Feb. 15-18; Pool 2 is set for March 8-11; and Pool 3 will run from April 5-8. The 127th renewal of the Kentucky Derby is scheduled for Saturday, May 5. Pool Three will be conducted a week earlier than in the first two years of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager.

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