Churchill Downs president Tom Meeker.

Churchill Downs president Tom Meeker.

Churchill Downs

Meeker Disputes Report That Churchill Will Relocate Headquarters

Churchill Downs Inc. president and chief executive officer Thomas H. Meeker said Friday that the Louisville, Ky. racetrack operating company had no plans to relocate corporate headquarters.

Meeker's statement came in response to an article in Friday's Chicago Sun-Times that said plans were underway to relocate CDI headquarters elsewhere in the Midwest, but not to Chicago. Churchill owns Chicago-based Arlington Park racecourse. The article cited unnamed sources as the basis for the report.

"Churchill Downs Incorporated has no plans to move its corporate offices from the company's home base in Kentucky," said Meeker. "Churchill Downs corporate staff will continue to work in Louisville and maintain offices at Churchill Downs racetrack.

"CDI has called Kentucky 'home' for more than a century," Meeker continued. "Louisville is home to our flagship racetrack and the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks, which will celebrate their 129th renewals in 2003. We have deep ties to this community and are strongly committed to continuing our corporate presence here in Metro Louisville and in the Commonwealth of Kentucky."

Churchill Downs Inc. employs approximately 350 full-time workers in Louisville, of which approximately 55 are corporate staff members.