In other racetrack management news, Tampa Bay Downs announced the appointments of Peter Berube as vice president and assistant general manager, and of Robert Cassanese to the new position of vice president of facilities. Berube, 37, will oversee finances and day-to-day operations of the Oldsmar, Fla., track. He joined Tampa Bay Downs as controller in 1995. Cassanese, 38, had been track superintendent for 14 years. He will now be responsible for managing the entire plant.
Alex Waldrop, Churchill Downs' president and general manager, is now responsible for the company's entire racing operation in Kentucky. As part of a management realignment, Waldrop's duties now include management of Ellis Park and Churchill Downs' interest in Kentucky Off-Track Betting."For the first time, our Kentucky operations will be managed by one individual," said John Long, executive vice president and chief operating officer for Churchill Downs. "It will allow for more efficient operation of our Kentucky properties and better coordination of the company's legislative and regulatory efforts."Jeffrey Smith, who had served the past two and half years as Ellis Park's president, shifts his attention to Chicago where he'll oversee the merger of Arlington International Racecourse into the Churchill Downs system. Churchill Downs bought Arlington International in September. Smith will continue to head Churchill Downs' Indiana operations as president of Hoosier Park.