Churchill Downs Incorporated and developer Charles J. Betters announced Tuesday that they have entered into a letter of intent in which CDI will be a partner and investor with Betters in the construction and development of Pittsburgh Palisades Park, a Thoroughbred racetrack operation proposed for the Hays area of Pittsburgh's south side.
A new training schedule will be in place at Churchill Downs following the close of this season's spring meet in order to allow more time for construction crews to move forward on phase II of the $95 million renovation project.
Churchill Downs has announced that it will continue the enhanced hospitality and security procedures adopted for the 2002 Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks for this year's running of the "Run for the Roses" and its sister race.
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The week before the Kentucky Derby, 40 student journalists will learn about racing at Churchill Downs.
Scientific Games Corp. announced fourth quarter financial results (year ending Dec. 31, 2002) Feb. 28 and reported a 10% gain in revenue for the quarter.
Reflecting the lack of a solid favorite, or any favorite at all, Kentucky Derby Future Wager bettors hammered the field down to the even-money favorite after the first day of wagering in pool one Thursday.
A look at the financial dealings of the multimillion-dollar Kentucky Health and Welfare Fund, a benevolence organization that already has been the subject of a review by the Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts, will continue later this year, legislators said during a Feb. 12 hearing.
Churchill Downs Inc. reported a gain in earnings for 2002 but indicated it's looking to sell Ellis Park, the western Kentucky racetrack it purchased in 1998 as part of a $22 million package. The company's financial statement for 2002 was released Feb. 11.
Handicapper Mike Battaglia has established the mutuel field as the favorite for the first round of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager pool that opens at noon on Thursday, Feb. 13 and continues through Sunday, Feb. 16 at 6:30 p.m.
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Churchill names VP of guest services and is honored for community contributions; sprinter Slewsbox dies of colic; columnist Fred Russell dies.
Bits and pieces from around the industry
Churchill Downs Inc. has promoted Mark Midland to vice president of marketing. The announcement was made today by Andrew G. Skehan, the Company's senior vice president of sales and marketing, to whom Midland will continue to report.
The Kentucky Derby Future Wager will return to Churchill Downs this year, as will a new bet tied to the Kentucky Oaks.
The countdown to the 2003 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) has officially began with the launching of the redesigned Kentucky Derby web site, www.kentuckyderby.com.
A Kentucky legislator plans to introduce a bill for racetrack-based gaming, but he said the state might have to look to casino gambling at locations other than tracks in the future.
Gulfstream Park reportedly has requested a racing schedule for 2003-2004 that would overlap with the dates historically raced in South Florida by Calder Racecourse.
Churchill Downs Inc. president and chief executive officer Thomas H. Meeker said Friday that the Louisville, Ky. racetrack operating company had no plans to relocate corporate headquarters.
Churchill Downs has unveiled a stakes schedule for 2003 that includes a record $8.5 million in total purses, five grade I stakes races and three days of multiple stakes competition headed by the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) and Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I).
Robert Decker, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Churchill Downs Inc., and president of the Churchill Downs Simulcast Network, is leaving to pursue other career opportunities, the company announced Dec. 16.
Cliff Goodrich and Steve Sexton will head Arlington Park and Churchill Downs, respectively, Churchill Downs Inc. announced late the afternoon of Dec. 10.
Thomas H. Meeker, president and chief executive officer of Churchill Downs Inc. and president of Triple Crown Productions, issued a statement regarding the recent death of Roone Arledge, who previously served as president of ABC News and ABC Sports during his career.
Pat Day owns Churchill Downs, and the track's all-time leading rider nursed Allamerican Bertie home to upset Take Charge Lady in the Falls City Handicap (gr. III) on Thanksgiving Day.
Peter Crane's Hail the Chief, a British import who stamped himself as one of the rising stars in America's handicap division in the spring, will make his anticipated return to racing in Friday's Clark Handicap (gr. II
A number of racetracks have stakes races or special events on Thanksgiving Day, including Aqueduct, Churchill Downs, Calder, and Thistledown.
Select Stable's Take Charge Lady, one of the brightest stars in an outstanding crop of 3-year-old fillies, looms as a solid favorite as she faces older rivals in the grade II, $250,000 Falls City Handicap on Thanksgiving Day.
A pair of unbeaten contenders for Saturday's $250,000 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (gr. II), Cat Genius and Ten Cents A Shine, turned in their final pre-race works on Tuesday at Churchill Downs.
Trainer Todd Pletcher is considering both the $400,000 Clark Handicap (gr. II) at Churchill Downs and the $350,000 Cigar Mile Handicap (gr. I)at Aqueduct for Harlan's Holiday. The Clark will be contested on Friday and the Cigar on Saturday.
Viewers of the Television Games Network (TVG) can expect a real horseracing feast this Thanksgiving Holiday weekend as the network will present nine graded stakes races from the West to East Coast. Included are three grade I races, three grade II events and three grade III features, with live racing action from Hollywood Park, Churchill Downs, and Aqueduct.
The California Horse Racing Board Thursday surprisingly denied Hollywood Park permission to close all betting when the post time clock clicks to "zero."
Grade I winner Booklet was victorious in his return to the track in a $59,500 allowance race for 3-year-olds and up Tuesday at Churchill Downs. Under jockey Pat Day, the son of Notebook covered the mile distance in 1:34.68, crossing the wire three-quarters of a length in front of Rock Slide, with Dash for Daylight another three-quarters of a length back in third.
Crafty Shaw's victory in the Nov. 16 Schaefer Mile at Hoosier Park has earned the 4-year-old son of Crafty Prospector a shot at the Nov. 29 Clark Handicap (gr. II) at Churchill Downs.
Stonecrest Farm's Perfect Drift, third in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and winner of the Spiral (gr. II) and Indiana Derby (gr. III), continued his training for the Clark Handicap (gr. II) with a sharp six-furlong breeze Saturday at Churchill Downs' Trackside Louisville training center.
Churchill Downs Inc. reported a gross profit increase of $1.9-million for its simulcasting network during the third quarter ended September 30.
Hollywood Park won't be getting special approval from the California Horse Racing Board to institute a new policy that would cut off wagering on its races at post time in time for its next racing day, which is Nov. 14.
Churchill Downs Inc. will implement additional wagering security measures at each of the company's six racetrack beginning November 13.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association's newly implemented Wagering Technology Working Group has enlisted Ernst & Young's technology and security risk services to assess and test the security systems currently in place at the three major tote companies.
The Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) at Arlington Park was a tougher journey than anticipated for Stonecrest Farm's homebred Perfect Drift, but the 3-year-old gelding came out of the race little worse for the wear
Churchill Downs Inc. announced today that the company and its employees donated $1.7 million through direct financial and in-kind contributions to various charitable and community organizations since January 2001.
Shane Sellers' first win since August of last year came aboard a half-sister to grade I winner Excellent Meeting.
A tote malfunction on Tuesday prompted Churchill Downs to refund all wagers in a Pick 4 pool and provide payouts to patrons who held what would have been winning tickets.
Despite a steady rain on Tuesday, trainer Patrick Byrne put the final touches on Private Gold's training for Sunday's $100,000 Iroquois Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs. Bryne sent the Seeking the Gold colt out for a half-mile workout over a sloppy Churchill oval on Tuesday.
Supporters of live Quarter Horse racing in Kentucky suffered a defeat when the Kentucky Racing Commission declined to issue a license to Southern Bluegrass Racing for a racetrack in Williamsburg.
Churchill Downs raises the curtain on the 113th Fall Meet in its storied history on Sunday, Oct. 27 with a ten-race card that includes the 10th running of the $100,000-added Ack Ack Handicap (gr. III) as its featured event.
After a two-year absence, jockey Shane Sellers returned to racing Wednesday when he piloted Marylou Whitney's Global Attraction to a fourth-place finish in the second race, a $50,000 maiden special weight contest, at Keeneland.
Churchill Downs Inc. reported Tuesday that net revenues for the third quarter ending Sept. 30 totaled $125.6 million, an increase of 3.6 percent, compared with $121.2 million for the same period last year.
Can't make it to Chicago? Many tracks around the country have special post times, handicapping seminars, and other events this Saturday.
Two contenders for races in Saturday's Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at Arlington Park completed their serious preparation for their races with workouts on Monday at Churchill Downs in Kentucky.
A conflict with a four-day Future Farmers of America convention has moved the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships' return to Churchill Downs from 2005 to 2006. Belmont Park is expected to hold the event in 2005.
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