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CHURCHILL DOWNS TO BUY MISSISSIPPI CASINO

Churchill Downs Inc. announced Monday morning it has reached an agreement to purchase a casino and resort hotel in Greenville, Miss. Following is the press released issued by CDI: CHURCHILL DOWNS INCORPORATED TO ACQUIRE HARLOW’S CASINO RESORT & HOTEL   LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sept. 13, 2010) – Churchill Downs Incorporated (“CDI”), (NASDAQ:  CHDN) announced today that […]

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BREEDERS’ CUP TO ANNOUNCE CHURCHILL AS 2011 HOST

By Ray PaulickThe Breeders’ Cup has announced a press conference for tomorrow, June 11 at 10 a.m., at Churchill Downs where it is expected the Louisville, Ky. track will be named host site for the 2011 Breeders’ Cup. In attendance will be Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, Breeders’ Cup chairman Bill Farish, Breeders’ Cup President and […]

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YOU SHOULD’VE BELIEVED IN ME, RAY

By Ray Paulick Prediction: Whoever Calvin Borel rides in the 2011 Kentucky Derby will be a huge underlay. But anyone who bets against this 43-year-old Cajun in the Run for the Roses will be doing so at his or her own risk. The Legend of Calvin, already larger than life after his second Derby win […]

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WAS CHURCHILL ACQUISITION A SMART MOVE? YOUBET

By Ray Paulick A number of people I respect most in the Thoroughbred industry consider Churchill Downs Inc. CEO Bob Evans to be the smartest man in the racing business. Last week’s $126.8 million stock and cash acquisition of youbet.com, which also includes the totalizator company United Tote, only strengthens that assessment. With the […]

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INAUGURAL DOWNS AFTER DARK ATTRACTS 28,011

By Bradford Cummings Whether you are for slots at racetracks or not, it is clear that the path to salvation for the racing industry will not ride on gaming alone. Long term, the industry will grow based on the ability of its leaders to think outside of the box and utilize some much-needed creativity. […]

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KENTUCKY’S HORSE INDUSTRY CALLS FOR ACTION ON SLOTS

By Ray PaulickThere may not have been anyone at Wednesday’s press conference at Churchill Downs who understands horse racing’s need for slot machines or alternative forms of gambling better than Chip Woolley, the trainer of Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird. Woolley didn’t hesitate when I asked him how slot machines have turned around […]

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ICE FEVER

By Ray Paulick Random notes while waiting for the ice to melt … The devastating snow and ice storm that hit Kentucky earlier this week has created serious economic hardships on Thoroughbred farms, many of which are without electricity and have suffered major damage, just as the foaling season is hitting full swing and the […]

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MEEKER: A BAD TIME FOR INDUSTRY FIGHTING

By Ray Paulick Though Tom Meeker hasn’t been directly involved with the Thoroughbred industry since stepping down as CEO of Churchill Downs Inc. in August 2006 after 22 years at the helm, he has been an interested sidelines observer. Never one to mince words, Meeker said he doesn’t like what he sees right now, particularly […]

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TWINSPIRES.COM PROBLEMS CAUSE CONTEST CANCELLATION

By Ray Paulick It was billed as the “Biggest Vegas Qualifier Ever,” but horseplayers who paid $250 to enter Saturday’s TwinSpires.com contest in hopes of getting a berth in the annual National Handicapping Championship might call it the biggest online screw-up since the Churchill Downs-owned wagering platform melted down on Kentucky Derby Day earlier […]

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