Churchill Downs is considering
eliminating Wednesday racing at the track for the rest of the
spring because of problems finding enough horses to fill all the
The Courier-Journal reports Rick Hiles, president of the
Kentucky Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, said
Sunday he believes Churchill is heading toward a four-day race week
instead of the current five.
He said horsemen and Churchill officials are meeting Monday to
discuss the issue. Churchill spokesman Kevin Flanery confirmed the
discussion but would say only "all options are on the table," and
if a decision were made, it could be presented to the Kentucky
Horse Racing Commission.
Churchill officials and horsemen have cited various reasons for
the shortage, including tougher competition from tracks in other
states where expanded gambling revenue supplements purses.