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‘With A Heavy Heart’: Citing Burden Of Purse Contributions, CDI Will Not Open Casino At Arlington

Churchill Downs Incorporated, the owner of Arlington International Racecourse in Arlington Heights, Ill., announced Wednesday that Arlington did not apply to the Illinois Gaming Board for a slot machine and table game license under the recently enacted Illinois Gaming Act. “Notwithstanding our steadfast commitment to the Illinois Thoroughbred racing industry and despite the good faith […]

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Churchill Downs Inc. Buys Majority Interest In Casino Near Arlington Park

Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI, Nasdaq: CHDN) has announced it has signed a definitive purchase agreement pursuant to which CDI will acquire certain of the ownership interests of Midwest Gaming Holdings, LLC, the parent company of Rivers Casino Des Plaines in Des Plaines, Ill., for cash. The Rivers Casino Des Plaines is 14 miles from CDI-owned […]

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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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Horseracing Integrity Act Gains Support Of 64 Trainers; Among Major Tracks, Churchill Downs Missing In Action

The Water Hay Oats Alliance has released a letter – signed by 64 current and retired trainers – endorsing the Horseracing Integrity Act (H.R. 2651) introduced in the U.S. Congress last year by Reps. Andy Barr (R-KY) and Paul Tonko (D-NY). The bill would establish a non-governmental, non-profit agency to oversee medication policy and enforcement […]

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Record $194.3 Million Wagered, All-Time High 170,513 Attend Kentucky Derby

It was ideal weather for the 141st running of the $2-million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands as a record 170,513 fans, the highest attendance in Derby history, watched American Pharoah take home the garland of roses in the final stretch. Prior attendance record of 165,307 was set in 2012 when I’ll Have Another won the 138th Kentucky Derby. Wagering from all-sources was […]

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Churchill Downs Lands Big Fish Games in Deal Valued at up to $885 Million

Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ: CHDN) (CDI) and Big Fish Games, Inc. (Big Fish), one of the world’s largest producers and distributors of mobile and online games, today announced they have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which CDI will acquire all of the outstanding stock and equity interests of the privately held Big Fish. […]

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Churchill Downs Names Carstanjen New CEO; Evans to Continue as Chairman of Board

The board of directors of Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI or Company) named William C. Carstanjen as the Company’s 12th Chief Executive Officer (CEO), a position held by Robert L. Evans since August 2006.  Carstanjen has been the Company’s President and Chief Operating Officer since March 2011. Evans will continue as Chairman of the Board of […]

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Louisiana Bill Would Divert Slot Revenue to Fund Fair Grounds Improvements

Louisiana state legislators have stepped in the middle of a simmering dispute between Churchill Downs Inc., owners of Fair Grounds racetrack in Louisiana, and the Louisiana Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, which in February sent a letter to CDI president and COO William Carstenjen, requesting permission to hire an expert to assess a turf course […]

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CDI Leadership Changes Made

Press Release Robert L. Evans Appointed Chairman of Company’s Board of Directors G. Watts Humphrey Jr. Appointed Lead Independent Director of the Board William C. Carstanjen Promoted to President of CDI Churchill Downs Incorporated today announced changes to the leadership structure of its board of directors and executive management team, following the planned retirement of […]

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