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Churchill Downs Memorializes John Asher With One Final Lap

In a fitting tribute for a man who loved all things Kentucky Derby, a hearse carrying the late John Asher circled Churchill Downs Tuesday, going 1 1/4 miles while “My Old Kentucky Home” played. Asher, longtime Churchill Downs spokesman and veteran radio man, was flanked by outriders during the ceremony. Asher died of an apparent […]

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John Asher Visitation, Funeral Services Set For Next Week

The visitation and funeral services for John Asher have been finalized. Asher, the iconic and irreplaceable ambassador for Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby since 1997, passed away Mondayat age 62. Visitation will take place at Churchill Downs’ Triple Crown Room in the Jockey Club Suites (700 Central Ave., Louisville, Ky. 40208) on Tuesday, Sept. 4 from […]

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Del Mar Odyssey: Into the Home Stretch

Peter Miller has virtually wrapped up his third summer training title at Del Mar, which enters its final week of racing on Wednesday. Miller is clicking at 30 percent, saddling 28 winners from 92 starts. That puts him 12 ahead of Doug O’Neill, who came back down to earth after winning four races opening day […]

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‘Heartbroken’: John Asher Remembered Fondly By Racing Industry, Louisville Community

Thousands of people have shared their memories of John Asher, an iconic and beloved member of the Churchill Downs family and Louisville community, who passed away suddenly Monday morning after suffering a heart attack while on vacation with his family in Florida. He was 62. An irreplaceable ambassador for Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby, Asher joined Churchill […]

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John Asher, Longtime Churchill Downs Spokesman, Dies At 62

John Asher, an iconic and beloved member of the Churchill Downs family and Louisville community, passed away Monday morning after suffering a heart attack while on vacation with his family in Florida. He was 62. An irreplaceable ambassador for Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby, Asher joined Churchill Downs, home of the world-famous Kentucky Derby, in January […]

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Former United Tote Employee Gets 15-Month Jail Sentence For Extortion Attempt

Ethan C. Fey, a longtime former employee of Churchill Downs and its United Tote subsidiary, on Jan. 25 was sentenced to 15 months in jail in United States District Court in Louisville, Ky. In October, Fey pleaded guilty to one count of Hobbs Act extortion and one count of possession of unauthorized devices. According to […]

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Churchill Downs Bans Daily Racing Form On-Track Sales; Launches Rival Product

Management of Churchill Downs and Daily Racing Form – two iconic racing institutions that date back to the 1800s – apparently will not be sitting down together for a Thanksgiving Dinner. The two parties have been feuding in recent months, culminating with Churchill Downs opting to ban on-track sales of the daily racing newspaper founded […]

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Churchill’s Asher Hoping To Display Photo Of Muhammad Ali Training On Racetrack

John Asher, vice president of racing communications at Churchill Downs, is hoping that he will be able to display on-track a reproduction of a 1963 photograph which was recently uncovered, according to wdrb.com. The photo shows Louisville icon Muhammad Ali running over the Churchill Downs stretch, with the twin spires standing tall in the background. […]

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Churchill Downs Addresses Minor Glitches On Oaks, Derby Days

Overall, Derby week was once again a great success for Churchill Downs, but track officials admit there were a few glitches that kept everything from running smoothly. John Asher, Vice President of Racing Communications for Churchill told Louisville’s WLKY TV that several patrons encountered problems on Oaks Day just trying to enter the facility. According to Asher, the track […]

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Nyquist Likely Top Individual Choice In First Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool

Reddam Racing LLC’s Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (Grade I) winner Nyquist (#15) is the likely individual choice, but the ever-popular “All Others” (#24) wager is the morning line favorite for the first of four pools of the 2016 Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”) that opens a four-day run on Thanksgiving Day at Churchill Downs […]

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