Churchill Downs Inc.

COVID-19: Racing At Turfway Park Suspended Immediately; Backstretch To Remain Open

Churchill Downs Incorporated announced the suspension of racing at Turfway Park in Florence, Ky. effective immediately Wednesday afternoon, in accordance with the “Healthy at Home” Executive Order 2020-257 issued by Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear following public health concerns in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Turfway Park racing season was originally scheduled to run through Saturday, March […]

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Churchill To Apply For Second Northern Kentucky Parimutuel License

Churchill Downs, Inc. will apply for a second parimutuel wagering license in Northern Kentucky, according to Louisville Business First, in order to move simulcasting off-site and complete major renovations at Turfway Park. The construction at Turfway, which CDI purchased last year, is expected to take more than a year. During Thursday’s quarterly earnings call, CEO […]

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Turfway Park Switching Synthetic Surfaces, From Polytrack To Tapeta

Churchill Downs Incorporated announced plans to invest $5.6 million to replace the existing track at Turfway Park with a new Tapeta synthetic track, one of the world’s leading surfaces for racing and training, through an agreement with Tapeta Footings, Inc. The removal of Turfway’s existing Polytrack and installation of the new Tapeta synthetic track will […]

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Brisnet Betting Guide To Be Made Available At NYRA Tracks

A new option for past performances data will make its New York debut this weekend as the Brisnet Betting Guide goes on sale at Aqueduct beginning Friday and every live racing day thereafter. Each day’s NYRA Betting Guide presented by Brisnet will feature Brisnet past performances for Aqueduct plus full cards from two of the afternoon’s top simulcast offerings, […]

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Churchill’s Ziegler Asks Louisiana Commission To Consider Medication Reforms

Nine racehorses have died at the Fair Grounds since the meet began on Thanksgiving Day, prompting Mike Ziegler, executive director of racing for Churchill Downs Inc., to appear before the Louisiana Racing Commission on Monday. According to, Ziegler urged the commission to consider several medication reforms, including the banning of race-day Lasix for 2-year-old races […]

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Churchill Downs, QuintEvents Partner On Luxury Ticket Packages For Kentucky Derby

Churchill Downs Racetrack and QuintEvents today announced a multi-year partnership extension to continue to provide luxury ticket packages to fans at the Kentucky Derby. QuintEvents, the global industry leader in official ticket, hospitality and experience packages to the biggest names in sports and entertainment, will continue to serve as Churchill Downs’ exclusive provider of fan […]

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Turfway Park: Holiday Meet Sees Boost To 10-Horse Average Field Size

Turfway Park closed out its 16-day holiday meet December 31, 2019, the track’s first race meet as a property of Churchill Downs Incorporated. With purses virtually twice those of the previous holiday meet, average field size jumped from 8.6 in 2018 to 10.2.  The entry box expanded under interest from trainers new to Turfway, including […]

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Report: Deadline Has Passed For Agreement Between Illinois Horsemen, CDI

The legally-mandated deadline for an agreement between the Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association and Arlington Park has come and gone with no signed contract. The Daily Racing Form reported that the two sides are in unfamiliar territory, with neither sure what comes next for the 2020 racing season. Illinois statute requires the horsemen and racetracks to […]

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ITHA: Churchill Downs Inc. Deceived Industry, Threatens Future Of Arlington Park

The following statement is from the Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association concerning the lack of agreement with Churchill Downs Inc. on a 2020 contract to fund overnight purses at Arlington Park. According to the ITHA, under a new gaming law, tracks and horsemen’s groups are required to have a contract prior to the beginning of the […]

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