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Despite Increasing Controversy, Guild Seeks Solidarity

As the Jockeys' Guild prepares for its annual meeting in Irving, Texas, Dec. 6-7, organization management is under increasing fire from the racing industry and some of its own members. Still, the Guild appears poised to make a case for solidarity, and it remains to be seen whether substantial change will come about during the two-day meeting.

Churchill Downs Requests Answers from Guild

Churchill Downs Requests Answers from Guild

Churchill Downs president Steve Sexton has set a Dec. 7 deadline for the Jockeys' Guild to respond to a letter asking the organization to account for the $1.25 million CDI racetracks have given to the rider's organization over the past three years.

Churchill's On-Track Averages Increase

During a season hampered by ongoing construction, near-record rainfall and the loss of several top jockeys in a dispute with management, Churchill Downs ended its 21-day fall meeting with increases in attendance and on-track wagering while experiencing a slight decline in total wagering from last year's record total.

Jockeys Hold Fund Raiser for Tony D'Amico

The jockey colony of Churchill Downs is holding a fundraiser for recently downed jockey Tony D'Amico from 6 p.m to 10 p.m. Nov. 22. The event will be held at Furlongs Restaurant in Louisville, Ky. There will be a $25 per person door charge, which will include dinner, a cash bar, silent and live auctions and an opportunity to meet with jockeys.

Runway Model Ready to Strut Down Strip for Golden Rod

Trainer Bernie Flint is now pointing Runway Model toward the Nov. 27 Golden Rod Stakes (gr. II) at Churchill Downs. The trainer had originally planned to give the Darley Alcibiades (gr. II) winner the remainder of the year off, but said his star filly "had been tearing the barn down" since returning from the troubled third-place effort in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I).

Big Four Weekend at Churchill Downs Packed with Talent

The $1.2 million "Big Four Weekend" stakes races at Churchill Downs Nov. 25-27 have attracted an outstanding group of nominees that includes Perfect Drift and Colonial Colony, the last two winners of Churchill Downs' Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I); 2002 "Horse of the Year" Azeri; and some of the most promising 2-year-olds in racing.

Hoosier Ejects Jockeys, Guild Officials Over Walkout

Hoosier Ejects Jockeys, Guild Officials Over Walkout

Hoosier Park in Indiana lost its entire 12-race card the evening of Nov. 12 after all but a few members of the jockey colony refused to ride. The jockeys are protesting over what they believe is a lack of adequate medical insurance, and they also called on the track to install a safety rail.

Legislators: Insurance Law Would Take Time

Two Kentucky legislators with ties to the horse racing industry indicated Nov. 10 that any effort get workers' compensation insurance for jockeys through the state General Assembly would take plenty of homework and perhaps a lot of time.

Guild Targets Churchill, Kentucky in Insurance Conflict

The Jockeys' Guild, in the wake of the ejection of 15 riders by Churchill Downs, has targeted the racetrack and the state of Kentucky in a rapidly developing conflict over what the Guild believes is inadequate medical insurance in many racing states.

Fantasticat Works at Churchill to Prep for Classic

Trainer Bobby Barnett insists it wasn't planned but admits it's an eerie coincidence his 2004 Breeders' Cup contender Fantasticat now occupies the stall at Churchill Downs that once housed Answer Lively, the horse he trained that won the 1998 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) and went on to be named 2-year-old champion.

Churchill Downs Completes Purchase of Fair Grounds

Churchill Downs Incorporated completed its $47 million acquisition of Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans and its five off-track betting facilities on Oct. 15. CDI also announced it closed the acquisitions of two related New Orleans-area operations, Finish Line Management Corp. and Video Services.

Haskin Earns Red Smith Writing Award

Three repeat winners, including The Blood-Horse senior correspondent Steve Haskin, and one newcomer collected divisional honors in Churchill Downs' 22nd annual 2004 Red Smith Kentucky Derby Writing Contest, a competition that honors the finest print media coverage of this year's famed "Run for the Roses."

Dooley Named Track Announcer at Fair Grounds

John G. Dooley has been named track announcer at Fair Grounds Race Course for the 2004-05 season. Dooley has been announcer at Arlington Park for the last five seasons. Arlington's season runs from May until September, allowing him to announce at both tracks.

Alternative Gaming Push, Ellis Park Results Impact Churchill Downs

Alternative Gaming Push, Ellis Park Results Impact Churchill Downs

Churchill Downs Inc. announced Monday that it is revising its earnings outlook for the third quarter of 2004 and further lowering its outlook for the full year to reflect increased spending on alternative gaming efforts and special, non-cash impairment charges for Ellis Park due to softness in business at that racetrack.

Bankruptcy Court Approves Churchill Downs Purchase of Fair Grounds

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Louisiana, has approved Churchill Downs Incorporated's $47-million purchase of Fair Grounds, according to a release from Churchill Downs. CDI, the Fair Grounds Corporation, and Louisiana Horseman's Benevolent and Protective Association are expected to close the transaction on or before Oct. 15.

Jim Gates Named G.M. at Churchill Downs

Jim Gates, the vice president for administration for Churchill Downs who has served as acting general manager of the track since 2002, has been appointed general manager.

Top U.S. Racing Companies to Study Jockey Scale of Weights

The nation's top three horse racing companies have teamed to study the current jockey scale of weights and make recommendations on potential national reforms to the Jockeys' Guild, horsemen's groups, racing associations and racing regulators.

Skehan Named Churchill Downs Inc.'s COO

Andrew Skehan, who previously served as Churchill Downs Inc.'s chief marketing officer, has been named the company's chief operating officer. He will assume his new position immediately and report directly to CDI's president and chief executive officer Thomas Meeker.

Deal With Horsemen Near, Fair Grounds Says

An attorney for the Fair Grounds said Louisiana horsemen were on the verge of a settlement Friday night that could spare the New Orleans track from an auction in bankruptcy court later this month over a $90 million video poker judgement.

Monmouth to Host 2007 Cup

Monmouth to Host 2007 Cup

Breeders' Cup Limited and the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority have scheduled a press conference Sunday, Aug. 8 at which they are expected to announce that the 2007 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships will be run at Monmouth Park.

Indiana Panel: No Cutoff of Kentucky Signal

The Indiana Horse Racing Commission Aug. 2 rebuffed Indiana Downs' latest attempt to ban Kentucky Thoroughbred signals from all wagering outlets in the state.

Churchill Downs Backdrop for Movie

His father, the late Jerry Romans was a Thoroughbred trainer and his older brother Dale is one of the leading trainers at Churchill Downs, but Bruce Marshall Romans, never felt pressured to join the family business.

Ellis Park Reduces Purses, Cancels Three Stakes

Ellis Park will institute a 5% reduction in all overnight purses, including all Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund supplements, beginning July 28 for the duration of the 54-day meeting.

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