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Bobble Head Mania Hits Churchill Downs

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In a scene that may have more closely resembled the Oklahoma land rush or the opening of the holiday shopping season, crowds flocked to Churchill Downs on Saturday to seize vouchers for the track's giveaway of the highly prized Pat Day Bobble Heads.

Churchill Race Report: Group Therapy

Nasty Storm was scheduled to sell at the Keeneland November mixed sale Tuesday, Nov. 6. However, her win in the grade II $222,200 Churchill Downs Distaff Nov. 3 left her connections with a bad case of pre-sale remorse.

New Logo for 128th Kentucky Derby Unveiled

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Churchill Downs has unveiled the official logo for the 128th running of America's greatest race, the Kentucky Derby. The logo for the famed "Run for the Roses," to be held May 4, 2002, blends classic Thoroughbred imagery with contemporary graphic design elements.

Centaur Tries Increasing Stake In Hoosier Park

Centaur Racing is making a second attempt within a year to increase its stake in Hoosier Park. The company must first shed a moratorium it incurred during its last effort to buy a greater share of the Anderson, Ind., racetrack.

Churchill Upgrades Paddock Screen

Churchill plans to replace its current paddock video screen this week. In the past, reading the screen's information, which included current odds, closed-circuit coverage, and the races themselves, was difficult.

Churchill Board Backs $127-Million Renovation Plan

The Churchill Downs Inc. board of directors on Thursday endorsed a comprehensive plan to rebuild and modernize the company's flagship racetrack in Louisville, Ky. The racetrack's $127-million, two-phase master plan outlines the most sweeping changes at the historic facility in more than a century.

Churchill Downs Hires Investor Relations Director

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Mike Ogburn has been hired as Churchill Downs' new director of investor relations. The Louisville, Ky., native is the primary contact for investors who want more information about the racing conglomerate.

Churchill to Repurchase Stock, Racing Stocks Down Overall

Churchill Downs' board of directors authorized the repurchase of up to 55,000 shares. The buy-back was authorized to help stablize the company's stock price and contribute to stablizing the market overall. Despite financial experts pleas to investors that they should not react to the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington D.C., the major stock markets sustained significant losses.

Racing Industry Reacts to 'Unprecedented Tragedy'

Thoroughbred racing and simulcasting at major locations in the United States shut down Tuesday due to the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D.C. Many also planned to close Wednesday. The commissioner of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association said it could take a while "to sort out the implications for the country, as well as our business."

Reports: Arlington, Lone Star to Get Breeders' Cup

Breeders' Cup has mapped out a tentative schedule of host sites for the World Thoroughbred Championships through 2005, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported in Sunday's edition. The racetracks are Arlington Park (2002), Santa Anita Park (2003), Churchill Downs (2004), and Lone Star Park (2005).

Churchill Names JettSport Artwork Licensee

Churchill Downs and JettSport, Inc. have agreed on a three-year-deal under which the Louisville sport and event graphics company will be the licensee for the track's "Art of the Kentucky Derby" series, and other Churchill Downs artwork, for the next three years.

Kentucky Industry Again Makes Its Pitch

More than 30 legislators listened Wednesday afternoon as Kentucky racing officials explained the challenges faced by the industry, including mare reproductive loss syndrome and competition from gaming operations in neighboring states. No solutions or suggestions were offered during the hearing at Papa John's Stadium in Louisville, but they might be just around the corner.

Churchill: Derby Pumps $217.8M Into Economy

About a month after it made a public pitch for tax reductions and support from the state, Churchill Downs said Monday that the 2001 Kentucky Derby contributed $217.8 million to the economy Louisville, Ky., and the surrounding region over a three-day period.

Tubbs Hired as Churchill Vice President of Sales

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Churchill Downs as hired a vice president of sales who will oversee all sponsorship efforts for the Kentucky Derby and Oaks, as well as sales initiatives at all racetracks owned by Churchill Downs Inc.

Sexton Replacing Mordell as Arlington Park President

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Steve Sexton, who left Lone Star Park in Texas earlier this year to become executive vice president of Arlington Park, has been named president of the suburban Chicago racetrack. The announcement was made by Thomas Meeker, chief executive officer of Churchill Downs Inc., which acquired Arlington in a stock merger last September, and by Richard Duchossois, Arlington's former owner and the largest individual shareholder of CDI stock.

Officials: Kentucky Losing Too Much Ground

During a Tuesday morning hearing one legislator called "an eye-opener," representatives from Kentucky's horse racing and breeding industry outlined its current status and the economic challenges it faces. And it wasn't a pretty picture.

Farish Resigns as Chairman of Churchill Downs

Churchill Downs Inc. announced late Monday that, as expected, William S. Farish has resigned as chairman of the company to be the United States ambassador to Great Britain and Northern Ireland. President George W. Bush nominated Farish to the position in March.

Trainer Probably Won't Pursue Churchill Protest

Trainer Richard Saland, who filed a protest in connection with the July 4 Firecracker Handicap at Churchill Downs, said Tuesday he didn't plan to pursue the matter further for lack of evidence. Saland told the stewards he saw a veterinarian administer a milkshake to a Firecracker starter in the stakes barn earlier in the day.

Lunar Bounty Best in Bashford Manor

Tom R. Durant's Lunar Bounty dueled with Binyamin and 4-5 favorite Storm Passage through the opening half-mile before pulling clear to a 2 1/2-length victory in the $133,750 Bashford Manor Stakes (gr. II) on Sunday at Churchill Downs.

Michigan-Bred Juvenile Filly Breaks Course Record in Debutante

Michigan-bred Cashier's Dream remained undefeated when posting a 3 1/2-length win in Saturday's $110,500 Debutante Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs. The 2-year-old daughter of Service Stripe led all the way and stopped the timer in 1:02.52 after completing the 5 1/2 furlongs on a fast track under Donnie Meche. The winning time eclipses Leelanau's track record of 1:03.11 established earlier in the meet.

Favorite Tough To Find in Debutante

The $100,000-added Debutante Stakes at Churchill Downs has seemed to be little more than coronations for heavy favorites such as eventual juvenile filly champion Silverbulletday and multiple stakes winners Chilukki and Gold Mover. But that's not the case for Saturday's five-furlong race, which has attracted a wide-open field of eight with no clear-cut favorite.

Kentucky to Address State of Industry at Hearings

With the horse racing and breeding industries in the Bluegrass State facing several challenges, the Kentucky Racing Commission has scheduled three hearings this summer to facilitate dialogue on the issues. It's far too early, though, to determine whether the meetings will lead to, or are even designed to devise, a cohesive legislative agenda.

Here and There

Bits and pieces from throughout the Thoroughbred industry.

Bet On Sunshine Betters Own Stakes Record in Aristides 'Cap

Nine-year-old Bet On Sunshine won the $108,400 Aristides Handicap for the second consecutive year on Saturday, and for the second straight year the Paul McGee-trained gelding set a stakes record in winning the 6 1/2-furlong Churchill Downs contest. On a fast track, Bet On Sunshine stopped the timer in 1:14.79, finishing 3 1/2 lengths ahead of Alannan.

Bet On Sunshine Ready for Aristides

Trainer Paul J. McGee can't help but smile when he talks about the old man of his stable, Bet On Sunshine, as he prepares for his bid for a second consecutive victory in Saturday's $100,000 Aristides Handicap (gr. III).

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