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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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Churchill Downs Adds Its Own Spin to ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has been sweeping across the country, with everyone from your next-door neighbor to the cast of The Avengers taking part. The ALS Foundation, which raises funds and awareness of ALS (commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease), reports an estimated $41.8 million raised in the past few weeks because of the […]

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‘The Usual Suspects’: Familiar Names in Mix for Churchill Announcing Gig

Now that it’s official that Larry Collmus will succeed Tom Durkin as the track announcer for the New York Racing Association, speculation has begun as to who will replace Collmus at Churchill Downs. As Gregory Hall of the Louisville Courier-Journal has noted, there are several familiar names currently in the mix, including such talented announcers […]

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Asher on Turcotte Letter: ‘There Was Clearly a Communication Breakdown’

Churchill Downs spokesman John Asher apologized for the treatment Derby-winning jockey Ron Turcotte described in a letter shaming the company on Wednesday. Blood-Horse caught the statements by Asher on film. “If there’s one issue with which Ron is unhappy, that’s a problem,” said Asher. “Clearly there was a communication breakdown on multiple occasions.” Turcotte, who […]

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The Breeders’ Cup Forum: Past, Present and Kentucky Derby Future Wager

It would be hard to find anyone with as much passion for the Kentucky Derby as John Asher, the vice president of racing communications for Churchill Downs. Before joining the Louisville, Ky., racetrack’s publicity department in 1997, Asher won five Eclipse Awards for outstanding radio coverage of Thoroughbred racing on WHAS and WAVE and numerous […]

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Churchill and Trakus so happy together?

According to Matt Hegarty of the Daily Racing Form, Churchill Downs and Trakus are close to an agreement that would bring the electronic real-time horse-tracking system to Louisville in time for Churchill’s spring meet on April 30 and the Kentucky Derby on May 7. “We’re talking with them, and the talks are positive,” Churchill’s vice […]

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