Representatives of the Churchill Downs Simulcast Network and the Southern Racing Cooperative approved a new agreement Oct. 19 to allow the export of CDSN racing signals to SRC member racetracks. Terms were not disclosed.The agreement, effective immediately, covers 12 of the 13 racetracks included in CDSN's previous simulcast agreement with the SRC. The track are The Downs at Albuquerque, Fair Grounds, Oaklawn Park, Prairie Meadows, Retama Park, Ruidoso Downs, Sam Houston Race Park, Southland Greyhound Park, Sunland Park, Sun Ray Park, Tampa Bay Downs and Valley Greyhound Park. "Churchill Downs Simulcast Network is pleased to renew its agreement with our SRC simulcast partners and provide our popular racing signals to customers served by SRC member racetracks," said Karl F. Schmitt Jr., president of CDSN. "Providing high-quality, competitive products to race fans across the country is CDSN's top priority, and we are glad to be moving forward with our SRC partners."
"The Southern Racing Cooperative is delighted to have an agreement in place that will allow us to bring CDSN signals – including Churchill Downs, Hollywood Park, Calder Race Course and Hoosier Park – to our customers," said Bobby Geiger, SRC spokesman. "Business negotiations are seldom easy, but we are happy to have reached resolution on this matter and look forward to the remainder of the CDSN racing season." CDSN will present more than 6,000 races in 2003 during 620 live-racing programs from CDI's six racetracks, which also include Arlington and Ellis parks, to wagering outlets worldwide.