1-year deal settles simulcast dispute

Horse Racing

April 26, 2003|By Tom Keyser

Races from Churchill Downs, Calder Race Course and Hollywood Park will be shown at mid-Atlantic racetracks today after the simulcast dispute between MidAtlantic Cooperative and Churchill Downs Simulcast Network was resolved last night.

MidAtlantic Cooperative, a group of 17 tracks that includes Pimlico and Laurel Park, had rejected Churchill Downs' proposal for higher fees and pulled the plug on simulcast races from Churchill and its five sister tracks. The one-year deal ensures that mid-Atlantic tracks and betting outlets will receive races from Churchill Downs (including next Saturday's Kentucky Derby), Hollywood Park, Calder Race Course, and Hoosier, Ellis and Arlington parks.

"All sides are happy we've reached an accord for financial reasons, but even more importantly, so we can present to our fans the product they're looking for," said Lou Raffetto Jr., the Maryland Jockey Club's chief operating officer.

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