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Rankin Elected Chairman Of Churchill Downs Inc. Board Of Directors

Alex Rankin has been elected elected chairman of the board of directors of Churchill Downs Inc., effective April 24, when longtime director and current chairman, G. Watts Humphrey Jr., steps down. Humphrey, a prominent Thoroughbred owner and breeder who has served on numerous horse industry boards, opted not to stand for re-election to the CDI […]

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NBC’s Derby Coverage: From Al Roker to Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers

NBC Sports Group presents 15.5 hours of Kentucky Derby coverage, a record for the event, continuing today, Thursday, May 1 at 4 p.m. ET on NBCSN, and culminating with the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby on NBC, Saturday, May 3. Coverage begins on Saturday at Noon on NBCSN and continues at 4 p.m. ET […]

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Churchill Downs’ Evans and other CEOs discuss customer service in Forbes interview

In a recent interview with Forbes, Robert Reiss interviewed three of the country’s top CEOs regarding their best practices for exceptional customer service. One of the people interviewed was Bob Evans, CEO of Churchill Downs. Some of the questions asked were “How have you changed your business around customers?” and “Is there anything special you […]

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Churchill Downs Inc. likely to drop non-refundable Derby ticket application fee

Churchill Downs Inc. Chairman Bob Evans announced Thursday that the company is likely to drop the non-refundable $50 fee charged to anyone who wanted to purchase tickets to the Kentucky Derby, reports the Courier-Journal. For the 2012 running, all ticket applicants were charged a $50 fee and the money was not refunded even if they […]

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Evans: Churchill’s new business model and the push for more gambling

Churchill Downs Inc. Chairman and CEO Bob Evans Tuesday described how his company’s business model is changing even faster than expected and said CDI would not give up on expanded gambling in Kentucky and Illinois.  On a conference call, Evans told reporters and stock analysts that live and simulcast racing became “cash-flow negative” in 2011 […]

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Churchill: No Instant Racing for now

While two other Kentucky tracks have decided to pursue Instant Racing, Churchill Downs is taking a wait-and-see approach.  During a conference call Thursday on second-quarter earnings, Churchill Downs Inc. CEO Bob Evans said the company has no plans to install Instant Racing this year.  Evans said his company is concerned whether Instant Racing would have […]

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Twinspires.com: ‘Day at the Races’ lures more than 5,000 fans to the track

Press Release TwinSpires.com, the official online wagering service of Churchill Downs Incorporated and the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks, is bringing thousands of racing fans to U.S. racetracks to enjoy live racing through its “Day at the Races” program for customers.   The promotion, which TwinSpires.com has conducted 20 times since March 2009 with several […]

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Slots in Illinois two-edged sword for Churchill Downs

Slot machines were a major topic of conversation at the annual meeting of shareholders in Churchill Downs Inc. stock in Louisville, Ky., on Thursday. CDI, which owns Arlington Park and Quad City Downs harness track in Illinois, would be a major beneficiary if Gov. Pat Quinn signs recently passed legislation authorizing five new casinos and […]

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The Breeders’ Cup Forum: KY Governor Steve Beshear

Gov. Steve Beshear was among many notables that turned out Tuesday evening for an open house/reception at the newly redesigned offices of TwinSpires.com in Lexington, a building on Corporate Drive I know all too well, since it’s where I worked when I first moved to Kentucky to become managing editor of Thoroughbred Times in 1988. […]

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Good News Friday sponsored by Liberation Farm: Brightening Our Breeders’ Cup Path

“If you light a lamp for somebody, it will also brighten your path.” – Buddhist expression By Ray PaulickI have a confession to make to our readers. While so many of you helped Breeders’ Cup Charities raise, by last count, nearly $80,000 in the second annual Breeders’ Cup or Bust fundraiser to help the Permanently […]

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