Churchill Downs has announced it has come to terms with horsemen over advance deposit wagering splits for the 2009 spring meeting at the Louisville, Ky., racetrack. The meet begins April 25.
Let's Go Stable's Silent Valor made a strong four-wide move entering the stretch and ran down the leader inside the sixteenth-pole to post a 1 1/2-length victory in the $150,000 Sapling Stakes (gr. III), a six-furlong sprint for 2-year-olds on the Monmouth Park dirt.
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.
Barbaro will be buried at Churchill Downs, owners Roy and Gretchen Jackson announced Jan. 29.
- By Ron Mitchell
Ben Walden, Jr., who bred Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile winner Corinthian with Hargus Sexton, said there was "nothing elaborate" about why he chose to mate the Easy Goer mare Multiply to Claiborne Farm's stallion Pulpit.
Corinthian, winner of this year's Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I), will enter stud in 2008 at the Beck family's Gainesway Farm near Lexington.
Churchill Downs concluded its 2007 spring meet Sunday, July 8, with gains in average daily on-track wagering and attendance while experiencing a decline in off-track and all-sources wagering over the 52-day racing season that began April 28.
- By Ron Mitchell
Drafts of two rules aimed at increasing field sizes -- one affecting claimed horses and the other limiting scratches -- were approved Monday by the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority.
Turbo Launch, whose grandson Point Given was a Horse of the Year, died June 5 at Dr. Tom Bowman's farm in Maryland.
Churchill Downs Inc.'s Arlington Park apparently is poised to announce that it has chosen Polytrack for its new synthetic surface, preparations for which already are well underway at the Chicago-area track.
Ebony Breeze, a millionaire homebred for George Steinbrenner's Kinsman Stable, has arrived at Kinsman Farm near Ocala, Fla., to become a broodmare.
Churchill Downs president Steve Sexton gave students in the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program tips on how to grow a company in a mature industry, improve customer relations, and find new ways to market horse racing.
Brian Elmore, an administrator at Hoosier Park for the past 10 years, has been appointed vice president and general manager at Ellis Park, Churchill Downs announced Jan. 11.
A suspected tornado that tore a path through Ocala, Fla. Thursday afternoon caused wide-spread damage to area horse farms, but early reports indicate no equine deaths or significant injuries were incurred.
The number of confirmed cases of the equine disease known as strangles has declined and there is no evidence that the disease has spread, results of a second round of tests performed on horses quarantined in a pair of barns at Churchill Downs' Trackside Louisville training center show.
Mike Keeling has been named facility manager for Churchill Downs, which will complete its $121 million renovation in early April.
The Derby is the Derby. But Churchill Downs doesn't want to take any chances with what it considers the signature event in Thoroughbred racing.
- By Tom LaMarra
Ellis Park is expected to return to a five-day live racing week next year on the heels of a 2004 meet that produced an increase in total handle but double-digit decreases in average daily handle and on-track business.
Inclemenet weather and ongoing construction at Churchill Downs contributed to declines in attendance and overall wagering during the 53-day spring meet, which ended Monday.
Bernie Hettel, the former chief state steward and executive director of the defunct Kentucky Racing Commission, has been hired by Churchill Downs as a consultant on racing issues.
Enhanced security measures used the past two years for the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) and Kentucky Derby (gr. I) will once again be in effect for this year's runnings, officials for Churchill Downs said Wednesday.
Cliff Goodrich and Steve Sexton will head Arlington Park and Churchill Downs, respectively, Churchill Downs Inc. announced late the afternoon of Dec. 10.
The Thoroughbred Racing Association's (TRA) board of directors elected several new directors Thursday at its regular board meeting in Tucson.
Steve Sexton, who left Lone Star Park in Texas earlier this year to become executive vice president of Arlington Park, has been named president of the suburban Chicago racetrack. The announcement was made by Thomas Meeker, chief executive officer of Churchill Downs Inc., which acquired Arlington in a stock merger last September, and by Richard Duchossois, Arlington's former owner and the largest individual shareholder of CDI stock.
Steve Sexton is the new executive vice president of Arlington Park. The announcement was made Monday by John Long, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Churchill Downs Incorporated ("CDI") (Nasdaq: CHDN). Sexton will report directly to Scott Mordell, Arlington's president and chief executive officer.
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