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Breeders Cup 2015

Churchill Wants September 2013 Dates

During a lengthy, controversial Kentucky Horse Racing Commission race dates committee meeting, representatives from Churchill Downs, Turfway Park, and Kentucky Downs debated the reasons why they should be awarded live racing dates in September 2013.

The dates requested by all three of the Kentucky tracks overlap the first two weekends of the month, while Churchill and Turfway's dates also overlap the last two weekends.

While Turfway and Kentucky Downs typically race in September, Churchill's request for dates during that month is new. The track's fall meet usually runs from late October-late November.

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Insidious cancer continues to metastasize out of greed.
It appears from the DR article that the casino owners of Turfway want to run it into the ground, put little or no money into the track and not get instant racing or any other slots products to enhance the racing purses. Basically the Ohio company is only holding the track to prevent it from being competition for their Ohio casinos. The Turfway owners were allowed to acquire more of the Turfway by promising they would improve the racing product. Something they have not done. The horse community appears to want CD to get the fall dates.
The Daily Racing Form has more information about why there was so much criticism of Turfway and why the commission will probably give Churchill the September dates. It seems the company that owns Turfway is a casino company that owns casinos in Ohio and they wanted Turfway do that if KY approved slots etc., it would not compete with their Ohio casinos. Ned Bonnie was very critical of Turfway and stated that they should do more and the owners had promised to do more for their live racing product.
This should not happen Turfway and Kentucky Downs can overlap but Churchill shouldn't be allowed due to the fact that it'll take money from the other 2 tracks.

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