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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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Churchill Downs Inc.’s BetAmerica Brand Now Offering Retail, Online Sports Wagering In Indiana, Pennsylvania

Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI) announced on Monday the launch of its online BetAmerica Sportsbook in Indiana. The retail BetAmerica Sportsbook opened in November at Rising Star Casino Resort in Rising Sun, Ind. (located just north of the Ohio River between Louisville, Ky., and Cincinnati, Ohio). “We are excited to offer our online BetAmerica Sportsbook to […]

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‘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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