Churchill Downs Inc.

‘I’m Going To Make People Mad’: Churchill’s New Equine Medical Director Up To The Challenge

Dr. Will Farmer, recently announced as the new equine medical director at Churchill Downs, Inc., is formulating a plan to reduce fatal injuries across the company’s three racetracks. According to the Courier-Journal, the 39-year-old former racing regulator will use his increased resources to implement additional pre-race screening and training oversight. “I’m going to make people […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: Lessons From The Past About Toothless Tigers And Herding Cats

Twenty-five years ago, Brian McGrath was introduced during a luncheon at the 21 Club in midtown Manhattan as horse racing’s first “commissioner.” Well, maybe not the commissioner for all of horse racing – just for the racetracks who were members of Thoroughbred Racing Associations, which had hired him. McGrath had no juice with regulatory bodies, […]

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Commentary: Illinois Racing Abandoned By Churchill Downs; Regulators Should Hold Company Accountable

The Thoroughbred racing community watched in dismay when Churchill Downs sold California’s Hollywood Park to a real estate company that jettisoned live racing and then endeavored, at Calder Race Course in Florida, to replace live racing with jai alai. Now at Arlington Park near Chicago, we’re seeing Churchill again working to squelch live racing by […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The MATCH Series: States Of Disruption

The dominos continued to fall this week for the U.S. horse racing industry from coast to coast. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss developments in California, Illinois and Florida and what they might mean for the sport going forward. Watch The Friday Show below and share your thoughts.

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Florida Court Ruling On Slots License Could End Horse Racing At Calder

Churchill Downs Inc. moved one step closer to getting out of the horse racing business in Florida after an appeals court ruled the company could use its license for a jai alai fronton to operate a casino it owns at Calder in Miami Springs. Three judges in Florida’s First District Court of Appeal on Wednesday […]

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Illinois Racing Board Backs Down, Includes Arlington Park In 2020 Live Racing Dates

The Illinois Racing Board backed down from what turned out to be empty threats to deny live racing dates to Arlington Park in 2020 after the track’s parent company, Churchill Downs Inc., said it would not seek a casino license at the suburban Chicago racetrack. One week after kicking the can down the road and […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The MATCH Series: Racing’s Future In Illinois, Stud Limits?

In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick tackle several topics. They begin with a discussion of the latest developments in Illinois, where horsemen are at odds with Churchill Downs Inc. for its decision not to seek a casino license for Arlington Park. The discussion then moves to The Jockey Club, […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: The Sting Left On Illinois Racing By Churchill Downs Inc.

You’ve probably heard the fable of the scorpion and the frog. A scorpion wants to cross a stream but needs help getting from one side to the other. He sees a frog and tells him of his desire, asking if he can ride across the stream on the frog’s back. The frog says, “Why should […]

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CDI Announces Intent To Apply For Turfway’s Dates, Construct New Track In Northern Kentucky

Following a report from the Daily Racing Form Thursday, Churchill Downs Incorporated announced plans to apply for winter racing dates currently held by Turfway Park. The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission will make a determination about date applications by Nov. 1. Turfway has drawn criticism from the commission over the slow progress of its renovations and […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The MATCH Series: Arlington’s Future, Sophomore Class?

The announcement this week from Churchill Downs Incorporated, owner of Arlington Park, that it would not seek a casino license for the racetrack under a new gaming law, rocked the Illinois horse racing industry. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss the decision and the potential ramifications going forward. […]

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