When Churchill Downs Inc. (CHDN) announced the new point system it will use to qualify horses for next year’s Kentucky Derby, it did not include the Illinois Derby in its group of graded stakes races to be used in its grading system.
That fact, says Churchill Downs officials, is the reason the Illinois Racing Board has awarded Hawthorne Race Course a bigger share of that state’s simulcasting revenue. The move means less cash for Arlington Park, which is owned by Churchill Downs Inc. but is located in Illinois.
Churchill Downs has filed suit against the Illinois Racing Board saying the change in the state’s awarding of simulcast revenues resulted from the track’s new way of selecting three-year-olds for its signature race.
Ray Poirier is the longtime executive editor at GamingToday.
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