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Churchill Downs Renovation Off and Running

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The second phase of Churchill Downs' $121 million renovation project took another step forward on July 11 as the demolition of a large section of the historic track's clubhouse began.

Churchill Sets Wagering Record at Spring Meet

Fueled by record wagering on the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), strong growth in simulcast betting and a rebound in on-track support, Churchill Downs reported total wagering surpass $600 million for the first time during the 129th Spring Meet that ended on July 6.

Lukas Looks to Make History in Debutante

The Debutante Stakes (gr. III) has been run at Churchill Downs for more than a century. A win in Friday's 103rd renewal by D. Wayne Lukas would put the Hall of Fame trainer in very exclusive territory. Lukas will be shooting that day for an unprecedented fifth victory in the race.

Churchill Downs Inc. Raises $77,000 for TRF

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Churchill Downs Inc. raised $77,300 for the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation ("TRF") during fundraisers held in Louisville, Ky., and Miami during June 2003. All proceeds from the fundraisers will go to the care and feeding of horses retired to – or being rehabilitated at – TRF farms.

Tenpins Near Seasonal Debut

Tenpins moved closer to his 2003 racing debut with a strong seven-furlong workout Tuesday at Churchill Downs. The Michigan-bred son of Smart Strike breezed the distance in 1:26.60 over a fast track under regular rider Robby Albarado.

Tenpins Near Seasonal Debut

Tenpins moved closer to his 2003 racing debut with a strong seven-furlong workout Tuesday at Churchill Downs. The Michigan-bred son of Smart Strike breezed the distance in 1:26.60 over a fast track under regular rider Robby Albarado.

Half-Interest in Cuvee Sold

In Tuesday barn notes from Churchill Downs, trainer Steve Asmussen confirmed that Winchell Thoroughbreds has reached an agreement to sell half-interest in Kentucky Breeders' Cup (gr. III) winner Cuvee.

Ipi Tombe Breezes for Locust Grove

Ipi Tombe completed her serious training for her American racing debut in Saturday's $150,000 Locust Grove Handicap (gr. IIIT) by breezing a half-mile Tuesday at Churchill Downs. The 5-year-old Zimbabwe-bred daughter of Manshood covered four furlongs around the dogs on firm turf in :51 for trainer Elliott Walden.

Safety First

By Dan Liebman -- While there is a question of whether a track bias is real or perceived, one thing for sure is that track safety is the main goal of all racetrack superintendents.

Meeker: Wagering Products Must Match Customer Demand

Churchill Downs Inc. will look to develop products that suit its patrons under a new customer relationship management program expected to have "dramatic" results, CDI president Tom Meeker said June 19 during the company's annual shareholder meeting in Louisville, Ky.

Record Purses for Churchill's Foster Day

Purses for Saturday's four stakes races that make up Churchill Downs' "Stephen Foster Super Saturday" card started out at $1.35 million, but they will soar considerably higher when the "added money" portion of the purses enter the mix.

Churchill Downs Boosts Overnight Purses By 10%

Record wagering on the Kentucky Derby, steady on-track business and a significant increase in simulcast wagering on its races have combined to enable Churchill Downs to announce a 10% increase in its overnight race purses for its 2003 spring meet.

Minister's Baby is Ready for Fleur De Lis

Minister's Baby turned in a strong half-mile work on Tueday for Saturday's $300,000 Fleur De Lis Handicap (gr. II). The 5-year-old daughter of Deputy Minister breezed four furlongs in :47.80 -- the sixth fastest of 34 moves at the distance.

Mineshaft Tunes Up for Stephen Foster

Expected Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) favorite Mineshaft turned in a spectacular work Tuesday, breezing five furlongs in :59.60 over a fast Churchill Downs track. The move under exercise rider Annie Finney came just after the regular break for track maintenance and was the fastest of 31 at that distance.

Churchill Downs Next Bobblehead: Seattle Slew

Seattle Slew, the winner of the Kentucky Derby and the Triple Crown in 1977 and racing's only unbeaten Triple Crown champion, will be featured in Churchill Downs' next bobblehead giveaway on Sunday, June 8 as the latest offering in the track's "Triple Crown Heroes of the 1970's" collectible series.

Mineshaft Drills Toward Stephen Foster

Mineshaft, the likely favorite for the $750,000-added Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) on June 14, worked a strong six furlongs over a wet track Tuesday at Churchill Downs. The homebred son of A.P. Indy covered the distance over "sloppy" footing in 1:14 under exercise rider Annie Finney.

Stephen Foster Field Taking Shape

As Saturday's deadline for nominations to the Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) draws closer, the possible field for the $750,000 race is becoming clearer. Among the horses who could start next in the June 14 race are Aldebaran, Full Mandate, Proud Citizen, and Tenpins.

Churchill Pick Six Finally Hit

After six days in which there were no perfect tickets in Churchill Downs' Pick Six wager and a frenzied seventh day of betting boosted the betting pool to more than $1.3 million, the Pick Six excitement ended on Monday as there were nine tickets that correctly selected the winners of six consecutive races.

Congaree Tops Churchill Work Tab

Atswhatimtalknbout, a fast-closing fourth to Visa Triple Crown hopeful Funny Cide in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), turned in a six-furlong workout on Tuesday at Churchill Downs as he continued to train toward an expected rematch with the Derby winner in the June 7 Belmont Stakes (gr. I).

Indy Downs Wins OK For OTB Parlor Near Churchill

Indiana Downs has won approval from the Clark County, Ind., Council to open a satellite wagering facility in Clarksville or Jeffersonville, both of which are located just across the Ohio River from Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.

Indiana Downs Seeks Betting Parlor Near Churchill

Officials in Clark County, Ind., have scheduled a hearing May 12 to discuss a request by Indiana Downs to operate a satellite wagering facility in Jeffersonville or Clarksville. The OTB parlor would be located just across the Ohio River from Churchill Downs and its Trackside OTB in Louisville, Ky.

Empire Maker Moves to 3-1

Last year, the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) favorite was an incredibly high 6-1. Unlike Harlan's Holiday a year ago, Empire Maker was supposed be lower than 2-1. Well, it doesn't look like that is going to happen.

Bird Town Overcomes Stumble to Win Oaks

Before a crowd of 100,523, Marylou Whitney's homebred Bird Town stumbled out of the gate but recovered to pull an upset at 18-1 in the $573,800 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I). Bird Town drew away in the stretch to win by 3 ΒΌ lengths in a stakes-record time of 1:48.64.

Churchill, MidAtlantic Tracks Reach Simulcast Agreement

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Churchill Downs Simulcast Network and the MidAtlantic Cooperative LLC have reached an agreement that authorizes MidAtlantic member tracks to accept simulcast and pari-mutuel wagering on CDSN products. The joint announcement was made by today by CDSN President Karl F. Schmitt Jr. and Martin Lieberman, executive director of the MidAtlantic Cooperative.

New York City OTB and Churchill Downs Team Up in Mystery Voucher Giveaway

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The New York City Off-Track Betting Corporation and Churchill Downs are teaming up to giveaway 2,500 "mystery vouchers" on April 25. The vouchers will be distributed in front of NASDAQ headquarters at 43rd St. and Broadway before the opening of the market. Raymond Casey, president and CEO of NYCOTB and Tom Meeker, president and CEO of Churchill Downs, will assist in the giveaway.

Brick Campaign Begins at Churchill Downs

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Churchill Downs is offering fans a chance to be a part of its history – and its future. The Churchill Downs Brick Campaign, launched April 22, will allow individuals to engrave their names on the grounds of Churchill Downs to be seen for generations to come. All proceeds will benefit the Churchill Downs Foundation.

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