Churchill Downs officials say they remain surprised by the decision of the Breeders' Cup to stay at Santa Anita Park for another year, particularly given the tax breaks that the institution could have enjoyed in Kentucky.
“A few months back, I would have thought we were 3-5 to get it back for next year,” John Asher, Churchill Downs vice president, told the Louisville Courier-Journal.
Although Asher said he has been assured that the Downs is still in the mix to host the event in the future, and there appears to be no public acrimony between the two entities, ex-Breeders' Cup board member Satish Sanan said his former colleagues have been made uncomfortable by Churchill management.
“They don't like the attitude,” said Sanan. “They don't like the arrogance. They don't like hardball. … If the Breeders' Cup is vitally important to Churchill as an operation, I think they're going to have to change.”
Breeders' Cup CEO Craig Fravel maintained that despite choosing the same host site for the third year in a row, the board is not interested in a permanent site but rather, hopes to “get into a situation where we know where we're going three, four, five years out.”
Read more at the Louisville Courier-Journal
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