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Crist Back Home Following Cardiac Arrest

Daily Racing Form publisher emeritus and handicapping expert Steven Crist is back home two and a half weeks after experiencing cardiac arrest and hospitalized in critical condition, according to the Form. Crist was in intensive care at a hospital in … Continue reading

CDI Announces Increased Revenues for First Quarter of 2014

Churchill Downs Incorporated (CHDN: NASDAQ) (CDI or Company) today, Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2014, reported business results for the first-quarter ended Mar. 31, 2014. MANAGEMENT COMMENTARY “We’re pleased with our record first-quarter revenues of $167.3 million, up 13% over 2013, and … Continue reading

Ted Nicholson Selected as Interim Kentucky Horse Park Director

The Kentucky Horse Park Commission announced today that it has selected Ted G. Nicholson as the interim executive director of the Kentucky Horse Park following the retirement of John Nicholson on April 30. Ted Nicholson will begin his tenure in … Continue reading

Saratoga Releases 2014 Stakes Schedule; Whitney Purse Doubled to $1.5M

The 146th Saratoga Race Course meet will feature a record $17.45 million in stakes purses, topped by the Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers on Saturday, August 23 and the Grade 1, $1.5 million Whitney on Saturday, August 2. Both the … Continue reading

Golf Legend Gary Player to Deliver Keynote Address at Inaugural Owner Conference

Gary Player, a legend in the golfing world and a long-time Thoroughbred owner, breeder and advocate of Thoroughbred aftercare, will deliver the keynote address when OwnerView, the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association and The Jockey Club host the inaugural Thoroughbred … Continue reading

Report: Calder-Gulfstream Working on Dates Deal

Representatives from both Churchill Downs Inc. and The Stronach Group are nearing an agreement that would end the current head-to-head competition between Calder Race Course & Slots and Gulfstream Park. The Blood-Horse reports that the deal could be announced as … Continue reading

Florida’s Approval of Uniform Medication Plan Held Up by Legislature

As national voices have gained strength in the debate on the use of therapeutic medication in horse racing, a group of organizations representing nearly 10,000 Florida Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse owners, trainers and breeders had already taken the unprecedented step … Continue reading

Hastings to Kick Off Historic 125th Meet April 27

Historians have recorded that the first thoroughbred race staged in Vancouver was held in 1889 in what was referred to as the Vancouver City Stakes.  It was the first – and last – time Howe Street was used as a … Continue reading

Louisiana Officials Postpone Renewal of Churchill’s Fair Grounds License

Officials with the Louisiana State Racing Commission have postponed a decision to renew Churchill Downs’ operating license for the Fair Grounds until next week. According to The Times-Picayune, the commission met for over two hours on Tuesday, during which representatives … Continue reading

Claiborne to Sponsor Keeneland’s Breeders’ Futurity

The Hancock family’s Claiborne Farm has become the signature sponsor of Keeneland’s Breeders’ Futurity (G1), to be held Saturday, Oct. 4. The purse for the Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity will increase from $400,000 to $500,000 in 2014. The stakes, for 2-year-olds … Continue reading