Rick Howlett

Remembrance: Churchill Spokesman John Asher Dies

Aug 27, 2018

Tributes have been pouring in Monday following news of the sudden death of longtime Churchill Downs spokesman John Asher. 

Asher passed away following an apparent heart attack while on vacation with his family in Florida. He was 62.

Asher also had a long career as an award-winning radio journalist.

His death comes days before the storied track opens its September meet. Churchill will host the season-ending Breeders' Cup World Championships in November.

Churchill Downs

Construction is officially underway on a new venture by Churchill Downs racetrack. It’s investing $60 million in a historical racing facility in Louisville, called Derby City Gaming. Officials held a ceremonial groundbreaking at the site Wednesday. 

The facility, at the old Trackside—or Sports Spectrum site—off Poplar Level Road, will house 600 historical racing machines that allow patrons to bet on videos of previously run thoroughbred races.


Kentucky lawmakers have entered the final stretch of the 2015 General Assembly, with hundreds of bills awaiting action before the final gavel falls later this month.