It's not all rosy at Churchill

Amid hoopla, many think uneasily of Maryland

Kentucky Derby

May 01, 2007|By Sandra McKee | Sandra McKee,SUN REPORTER

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- It seems every racetrack is either thriving because it has slots or withering while begging for them. Churchill Downs, the home of Saturday's Kentucky Derby, would seem to be an exception.

But at Churchill, past and present officials say that looks - augmented by a recent $125 million overhaul and flattered by a Forbes magazine article that rates the Derby as No. 8 among the sports and event brands in the world - can be deceiving.

Kentucky Derby Saturday, 6:04 p.m. post time, Churchill Downs, Louisville, Ky. TV: Chs. 11, 4

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