Bill Carstanjen

Churchill Commits To Add Hotel, Historical Racing Machines By 2021 Derby

A hotel on the clubhouse turn will be the latest change to the iconic skyline of Churchill Downs, according to wdrb.com. CEO Bill Carstanjen told investors on Thursday’s quarterly earnings call that the hotel is expected to be finished before the 2021 Kentucky Derby. The success of the Churchill-owned Derby City Gaming’s historical racing machines ($9 […]

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2019 Kentucky Derby Sets All-Time Handle Records; $4.1 Million Wagered In Japan

Derby fans weathered a steady late-afternoon rain as Country House captured the 145th Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve over a sloppy track. Wagering from all-sources was the highest all-time on both the Kentucky Derby Day program and on the Kentucky Derby race. Wagering from all-sources on the Kentucky Derby Day program totaled $250.9 million, […]

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Keeneland And Churchill Commit $100K Each To Equine Research Through Grayson

Keeneland and Churchill Downs Incorporated jointly announced today that the two industry icons have each committed $100,000 in contributions to the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation. This contribution will enable the sponsorship of two Grayson-approved projects. For the initial two years, 2019 and 2020, the funds will sponsor Dr. Sue Stover’s Grayson-funded research project, “Training Programs for Prevention of Fetlock Injury.” […]

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Churchill Downs Inc. Partners With Golden Nugget, Targets Online Gaming, Sports Betting In New Jersey

Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI) (Nasdaq:CHDN) today announced an agreement with Golden Nugget Atlantic City (“Golden Nugget”) to enter into the New Jersey real money online gaming (iGaming) and sports betting markets, subject to sports wagering legislation and gaming license approvals. CDI is targeting the first quarter 2019 to begin accepting legal wagers for iGaming and sports […]

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Record $225.7 Million Wagered On Kentucky Derby Day Program

Fans braved a steady all-day rain and the wettest Kentucky Derby ever as Justify captured the 144th Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve over a sloppy track. Attendance of 157,813, was the eighth highest attendance figure in track history. Wagering from all-sources was the highest all-time on both the Kentucky Derby Day program and on […]

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Churchill Downs Donates $25,000 To San Luis Rey Fire Victims

Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI or the Company) (NASDAQ: CHDN) announced today that it has made a donation of $25,000 to California Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Foundation (CTHF) to distribute to victims of the San Luis Rey Downs fire. The December fire in Bonsall, California, claimed the lives of 43 horses, resulted in the hospitalization of five trainers […]

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Churchill Preparing To ‘Build Something Special’ With Recent Land Acquisitions

Between December 2016 and April of this year, Churchill Downs, Inc. was busy acquiring a number of properties surrounding the Louisville oval. According to WDRB.com, CEO Bill Carstanjen made his first public comments on the $13 million in purchases on Tuesday morning, saying that they give the company “the flexibility and the options to build […]

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Churchill Downs’ Growing Investment In Big Fish Games

A recent conference call with investors revealed some reasoning behind Churchill Downs Inc.’s latest big investment in Big Fish Games, reports Louisville Business First. Recent financial statements revealed a $5 million decrease in adjusted earnings for the Seattle-based company, purchased by Churchill just over a year ago. Marcia Dall, Churchill’s chief financial officer, the majority […]

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Yahoo Finance: Churchill CEO Carstanjen On ‘The Business Of Horse Racing’

Churchill Downs will kick off its 2016 racing season April 30, and just a week later, will hold the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby. Churchill CEO Bill Carstanjen recently sat down with Yahoo Finance to talk about the Derby, and the “business of horse racing.” Check out his interview in the video below.  

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Churchill’s Carstanjen: Some 2014 Complaints And Criticisms ‘Hurt’

Throughout Derby week of 2014, a few of the stories that drew major attention in the media were not those regarding any of the Kentucky Derby contenders, but rather some publicity “snafus” involving Churchill Downs. One involved Hall of Fame jockey Ron Turcotte, who reported having difficulty with Churchill Downs’ management regarding handicapped parking and […]

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