Churchill Downs experiencing shortest spring meet since 1975

Churchill Downs experiencing shortest spring meet since 1975

Churchill Downs experiencing shortest spring meet since 1975

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by WHAS11

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Posted on May 13, 2012 at 8:39 AM

(WHAS11) - Churchill Downs is seeing its shortest spring meet since 1975 and some in the horse industry say the meets could get even shorter.

There are two causes to the shortening spring meets. First, a decline in the number of thoroughbreds. Second is the trend of entering race horses at tracks where casino revenue is boosting purses.

Churchill Downs has been fighting for years to get the Kentucky General Assembly to allow gambling at the track.

Despite the decline, Churchill CEO Bob Evans says he is confident there will be racing at Churchill 138 years from now, but there just might not be as many races as today.

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