Keyword: Churchill Downs Inc.

  • Purse Cuts Planned at CDI-Owned Tracks

    A Churchill Downs Inc. official said May 7 purses at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., could be cut the week of May 11, while Calder Race Course in South Florida could face another reduction in purses.

  • CDI president Robert L. Evans

    Evans: Internet and ADW Key to Growth

    Churchill Downs Inc. has invested $100 million in advance deposit wagering for a reason: The company believes it's the major growth channel for pari-mutuel wagering, as well as a means to drive traffic to the racetrack, CDI president and chief executive officer Bob Evans said.

  • CDI Files Suit Against THG, FHBPA

    Churchill Downs Inc. filed a lawsuit April 24 asking a federal court to dissolve the Thoroughbred Horsemen's Group. In a suit filed in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky, CDI, CDI-owned Calder Race Course, and Churchill Downs Technology Initiatives Co. also are seeking an injunction to prevent the THG and the Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association from "agreeing on uniform terms for the sale of signals, boycotting racetracks and ADW operators that do not comply with their demands."

  • Calder Race Course

    Calder: Purse Cuts Are FHBPA's Fault

    Calder Race Course announced April 21 due to the Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association's refusal to approve the distribution of Calder races to out-of-state wagering outlets, including advance deposit wagering companies, the racetrack has been forced to cut purses by 30%, effective April 27. The purse reductions will affect a variety of race conditions, including stakes races.

  • Calder Paddock and Grandstand

    No Deal Yet Between Calder, Horsemen

    Florida horsemen and officials at Calder Race Course and parent company Churchill Downs Inc. met April 14 but did not agree on contracts for the Calder meet that begins April 21.

  • Calder Race Course

    Slots Splits Slow Calder Contract Talks

    As Calder Race Course prepares to open its 2008 meet April 21, the question of how to divide any future slot-machine revenue is holding up contract talks between the Miami Gardens, Fla., track and the Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protection Association.

  • Ken Dunn

    Dunn Steps Down From Calder, CDI

    C. Kenneth Dunn, who since April 1999 has served as senior vice president of Florida operations for Churchill Downs Inc. and has spent 18 years at Calder Race Course, is stepping down, the company announced April 9. Dunn will continue to serve as an adviser for Calder through Aug. 1.

  • Calder Race Course has won the right to install slot machines.

    Calder On-Track Handle Down 24%

    On-track handle at Calder Race Course fell 24% during the 2007 portion of its Tropical meet, according to data obtained from the Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering. Calder's simulcast handle fell 26% compared with the same period in 2006.

  • Calder Race Course

    Calder: Purse Cuts Are Necessary

    In response to statements made by the Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association in regard to purse cuts, Calder Race Course president Ken Dunn responded Nov. 11 by saying the decision was based on simple economics and was absolutely necessary based on decreased business during the month of October.

  • Calder Race Course has won the right to install slot machines.

    Calder Cuts Purses, Upsets HBPA

    Lower than expected handle and attendance has forced Calder Race Course to reduce its daily purses by approximately $10,000 beginning with races scheduled for Nov. 15.

  • California Approves License for TwinSpires.com

    As California continues to wrestle with improving advance deposit wagering, the state welcomed a new provider. TwinSpires.com was awarded an ADW license Oct. 18, making it the fourth company to offer home computer betting on horse racing in the state.

  • Magna, Churchill Withdraw From Empire Racing

    A consortium of major horse industry companies vying for the Thoroughbred franchise in New York began falling apart Oct. 10, as Magna Entertainment Corp., Churchill Downs Inc., and Delaware North announced their withdrawal from Empire Racing Associates.

  • Churchill to Stop Releasing Handle Figures

    During a conference call to discuss second-quarter earnings, Robert Evans, president and chief executive officer of Churchill Downs Inc., said the company would no longer release handle and attendance figures at the conclusion of race meets for its four racetrack properties.

  • Fair Grounds to Assist Seniors in Rebuilding Effort

    Fair Grounds Race Course, in conjunction with the New Orleans Council on Aging, Lowe's and the City of New Orleans, announced the launch of a program to assist local senior citizens in rebuilding their homes July 18.

  • Officials: CDI Purchases Won't Impact Customers

    Churchill Downs Inc. has acquired certain assets of AmericaTAB, Bloodstock Research Information Services, and the Thoroughbred Sports Network, but officials with the Louisville, Ky.-based company said it will be business as usual at the outset.

  • Empire Racing Names Members of 'Transition Team'

    Empire Racing Associates has released the names of a team of racing-operations professionals, many from Churchill Downs Inc. and Magna Entertainment Corp., that will lead its racing transition team should Empire Racing be awarded the New York Thoroughbred racing franchise.

  • New Arlington Polytrack gets positive reviews.

    Arlington's New Surface Healing Old Wounds

    A year after an unprecedented string of catastrophic breakdowns left horsemen wondering what was wrong with the dirt track at Arlington Park, they were singing the praises of a new synthetic racing surface.

  • Horsemen: Don't Hold Triple Crown Races 'Hostage'

    Major horsemen's groups have banded together to ask racetracks and account wagering providers to make the Triple Crown races available to all wagering services in light of a conflict that is spreading ill will as horse racing's most prominent and lucrative day approaches.

  • TwinSpires Wagering Site to Begin May 2

    A new advance deposit wagering service, TwinSpires, is prepared to launch on May 2, accepting wagers on the 2007 spring meet at Churchill Downs racetrack in time for the 133rd renewals of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) on May 5 and the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) a day earlier, Churchill Downs Inc., announced.

  • Churchill's ADW Launch to be Delayed

    Churchill Downs' new account wagering service, TwinSpires, will not be open for business in time for the opening of the 2007 spring meet on Saturday, Churchill Downs Inc. announced April 27.

  • AmericaTAB Gives Up Content to Target Exclusivity

    A decision by the AmericaTAB account wagering consortium to join TrackNet Media Group is a sign of support for efforts by Churchill Downs Inc. and Magna Entertainment Corp. to end exclusive contracts, an official said.

  • THA: TrackNet Plans to Have Horsemen at Table

    Though questions persist about TrackNet Media Group, the entity formed by Churchill Downs Inc. and Magna Entertainment Corp. to buy and sell simulcast signals, it has generated an initial positive response from one of the country's major horsemen's groups.

  • CDI Approved to Operate Wagering Hub in Oregon

    Churchill Downs Inc. has received approval to operate an account wagering hub in Oregon and plans to have its new betting service, twinspires.com, operational before the spring meet begins at Churchill Downs April 28.

  • Youbet.com Says CDI-MEC Partnership a Positive

    Account wagering provider Youbet.com said it applauds the partnership between Churchill Downs Inc. and Magna Entertainment Corp. because it should assist in wagering growth.