Indiana Downs, CDSN Strike Deal on Simulcasts

Indiana Downs, located less than an hour from Hoosier Park, has reached a deal with the Churchill Downs Simulcast Network to import the May 3 Kentucky Derby, as well as signals from other CDSN tracks. Terms of the agreement weren't released.

On April 26, CDSN and the Mid-Atlantic Cooperative, which represents 17 racetracks and their affiliated wagering outlets, inked a one-year deal on simulcast rates for tracks owned by Churchill Downs Inc. Again, details weren't available.

Indiana Downs, located in Shelbyville, and its off-track betting parlor in Evansville were unable to simulcast CDSN tracks the weekend of April 26, Indiana Downs officials said in a release. The Evansville OTB parlor is located just miles from Ellis Park, a Churchill property in western Kentucky.

Churchill is majority owner of Hoosier Park, which now offers live Standardbred racing. Indiana Downs is open for live Thoroughbred racing. Both facilities are open for simulcasting every day and night.

"I'm very pleased that our guests will be able to watch and wager on the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby," Indiana Downs general manager Jon Schuster said in a statement. "It took us a few extra days to reach an agreement we can both live with, but we met face-to-face (April 27) and hammered out a deal...We are sorry for the inconvenience some of our guests had to endure the past few days."

The CDSN tracks are Arlington Park, Calder Race Course, Churchill Downs, Ellis Park, Hollywood Park, and Hoosier Park.

Indiana Downs has expressed some interest in opening an OTB parlor just across the Ohio River from Louisville, home of Churchill Downs.