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Churchill's Meeker Honored by Business Publication

homas H. Meeker, president and chief executive officer of Churchill Downs Inc., has been named "Business Leader of the Year" for a large business by the Louisville, Ky.-based Business First publication in its inaugural "Business of the Year" Awards.

Renovated Churchill Posts Gains at Fall Meet

The 21-day fall meet at Churchill Downs, the first at the historic track since the completion of its $121 million renovation and the first since 2002 that was not limited by construction, concluded on Nov. 26 with gains in both on-track and total wagering and on-track attendance.

Stevens Hears Tributes Prior to Final Ride

Stevens Hears Tributes Prior to Final Ride

He may have been one race away from ending his riding career, but Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens found a way to the Churchill Downs winners' circle before his last mount, Louve Royale, drove to a second-place near miss in the twelfth race on Saturday.

Gary Stevens Retires; To Join TVG as Analyst

Gary Stevens Retires; To Join TVG as Analyst

Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens announced his retirement from riding Friday, but will not be leaving the sport. In a Churchill Downs press conference, Stevens said he would be joining the Television Games Network (TVG) as a racing analyst.

Churchill Pick Six Carryover Swells to $1.7M

Bettors failed to take down the Pick Six for a ninth consecutive day at Churchill Downs on Friday, pushing the carryover pool to a record $1,694,336.41, the largest seen at the Louisville track since it began offering the multi-race wager in 1984.

Hollywood Park Sale Gives CDI Big Quarter

Churchill Downs Inc. reported net earnings of $71.6 million for the third quarter of 2005, up from a loss of $3.8 million for the same period last year, thanks to the sale of Hollywood Park in Southern California.

Churchill Downs Unveils Derby 132 Logo

Churchill Downs Unveils Derby 132 Logo

The logo for the 132nd Kentucky Derby (gr. I) was introduced Nov. 1 at Churchill Downs. The silhouette of a jockey aboard a Thoroughbred in full stride, with both figures flashing past a stylized version of the historic track's legendary Twin Spires, is the focus of the official event logo for next year's classic.

Ellis Park 2006 Race Dates Tabled for Now

Ellis Park is seeking to reduce its number of race days per week in 2006 from five to four, but approval of the change has been stalled by opposition from the Kentucky Horsemen's Benevolent and Protection Agency.

John Asher to Receive KTO's Horsemen of the Year Award

Churchill Downs' John Asher was named 2005 Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners Warner L. Jones, Jr. Horseman of the Year. Asher will be honored by the Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners (KTO) at their annual award dinner Nov. 11 at the Kentucky Derby Museum.

Churchill Downs To Salute Pat Day Nov. 12

Retired riding legend Pat Day, the all-time leading jockey at Churchill Downs and a member of racing's Hall of Fame, will be honored when the home of the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) salutes his career and contributions to racing with a special "Pat's Day" celebration at the track Saturday, Nov. 12.

The Game Named Exclusive Merchandise Vendor for Churchill Downs

Sportswear designer Ashworth, Inc. announced Tuesday that its subsidiary The Game has signed an exclusive merchandise vendor agreement with Licensing Partners International o support its licensing partnership with Churchill Downs Inc.

Churchill Has Located Nearly 40% of Louisiana Employees

Churchill Downs Inc. has located approximately 40% of its Louisiana workforce displaced by Hurricane Katrina. As of Monday, Sept. 5, 203 employees had been located through the company's toll-free hotline or through Fair Grounds' Web site.

Churchill Plans for 'Unique' Meet in Louisiana

Churchill Plans for 'Unique' Meet in Louisiana

As a result of damage to Fair Grounds Race Course from Hurricane Katrina, there will be no live racing there this year and plans are being made for a "unique" meet at Louisiana Downs in its place, according to Churchill Downs president and CEO Tom Meeker.

Birzer to Appear at Benefit Auction at River Downs

The Gary Birzer Benefit featuring a silent and live auction will take place at River Downs Sept. 4, to help raise funds for the 28-year-old jockey who remains paralyzed from the waist down after a spill July 20, 2004 at Mountaineer Park in Chester, W.Va.

Day is Done: Hall of Fame Jockey Announces Retirement

Day is Done: Hall of Fame Jockey Announces Retirement

As the Churchill Downs bugler played "My Old Kentucky Home," an emotional Pat Day officially hung up his saddle today during a press conference at the Louisville, Ky. track, where he is the all-time leading rider with 2,481 wins, including 155 stakes wins.

Secretariat Group Buys Derby Trophy

The anonymous bidder who recently purchased the gold winner's trophy earned by Majestic Prince in the 1969 Kentucky Derby is no stranger to such hardware.

Kentucky Can't Pinpoint Origin of Strangles Cases

Kentucky legislators received assurances July 13 the state is well equipped to handle future equine disease outbreaks, but they got no answers to questions about the origin of the strangles cases earlier this spring at the Churchill Downs Trackside Training Center.

Strangles Identified in Horse at Ellis Park

A 4-year-old filly stabled at Ellis Park has been diagnosed with strangles. Rusty Ford, equine programs manager for the office of the state veterinarian, said the filly presented June 30 with an elevated body temperature and has since been removed from the grounds and taken to a private quarantine facility near Lexington.

Six Vie In Competitive Aristides

A field of six sprinters has drawn for Saturday's $150,000 Aristides Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. III) at Churchill Downs. Run in honor of the first Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner in 1875, graded stakes winners Battle Won, Bwana Charlie, and Gators N Bears head an even half-dozen going six furlongs over the main track.

Race for Education Gives $20,000 to Klein Family Center

The Klein Family Learning Center, a non-profit initiative of the Kentucky Derby Museum that provides educational opportunities to Churchill Downs' backside employees, has received a $20,000 grant from The Race for Education.

Kentucky Oaks Winner Summerly Breezes

Winchell Thoroughbreds' Summerly, winner of the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) and the Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. I), turned in a strong six-furlong work Tuesday at Churchill Downs in preparation for a planned start in the June 25 Mother Goose (gr. I) on June 25 at Belmont Park.

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