by Ray Poirier | Kenny Dunn, who developed a reputation as one of the thoroughbred racing industry’s most competent executives during more than four decades of leadership, was terminated last week by his employer Churchill Downs Inc. (CHDN).
Dunn, who has overseen Churchill’s Florida operations since 1999 and who took over the reins of Tampa Bay racetrack several years earlier, announced that he had resigned but would remain at Calder as an advisor until Aug. 1.
The company did not name a replacement immediately.
However, Steve Sexton, executive vice president of Churchill Downs Inc., explained, "We are transitioning Calder into a destination with horse racing and casino-style gaming and have a need for management skills and leadership experience in both industries."
Dunn began his career at New Jersey racetracks in the 1970’s and later became general manager of Fair Grounds in New Orleans before moving on to Florida.