July 31, 2014

Contact: Hallie Roach Lewis (859) 224-2848


Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI) today became the 24th racetrack entity in the United States to commit to making a contribution to the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC).

This commitment is part of the RMTC’s annual track fundraising campaign, in which it hopes to raise at least $200,000 in contributions from tracks across the country.

Bill Carstanjen, CDI President and Chief Operating Officer, linked CDI’s contribution to the RMTC’s continuing efforts in drug research and equine advocacy.

“This support is part of our ongoing efforts to make meaningful contributions that will improve the state of horse racing in America. RMTC is a positive and strong voice in our industry and CDI shares their goal of helping to ensure the health and welfare of racehorses and participants.”

CDI joins other multi-track corporations New York Racing Association, Stronach Group and Global Gaming in committing to help fund the RMTC in 2014.

“We are thrilled with CDI’s decision to support the RMTC’s efforts,” said RMTC Chairman Alex Waldrop. “The RMTC’s work developing a science-based medication policy, achieving advancements in drug testing and tactical research, implementing a strong penalty system and establishing a laboratory accreditation program would not be possible without the generosity of industry leaders like CDI.”

RMTC Executive Director and COO Dr. Dionne Benson hopes to see an increase in track support from last year, in which 28 track associations across North America contributed nearly $170,000.

“In order for the RMTC to continue to pursue the costly scientific research necessary to confront on-going and emerging threats to the integrity of our sport, it is vital that we see growth in support from tracks of all racing breeds,” said Benson. “We urge other tracks to follow CDI’s lead by financially supporting the RMTC.”

For a complete list of RMTC donors, please visit

The RMTC consists of 23 racing industry stakeholders and organizations that represent Thoroughbred, Standardbred, American Quarter Horse and Arabian racing. The organization works to develop and promote uniform rules, policies and testing standards at the national level; coordinate research and educational programs that seek to ensure the integrity of racing and the health and welfare of racehorses and participants; and protect the interests of the racing public.

For additional information, visit the RMTC website at or contact Hallie Lewis, RMTC director of communications, at (859) 224-2848.