NEW ORLEANS -- There's no deal yet, but a compromise is in the works between Churchill Downs and state leaders.
Jefferson Parish state Rep. Pat Connick, R-Harvey, said Churchill Downs has now agreed to make significant upgrades to the racing.
Connick said Churchill Downs made $32 million on its New Orleans operation last year and re-invested nothing into the race track, so he wrote a bill that forced Churchill Downs to re-invest.
The house approved the bill. It’s up in a Senate committee Tuesday.
Monday afternoon, Connick and company got word from Churchill Downs with a promise of more than $1 million to upgrade the turf track, fix video boards and spend more on marketing.
The promises from Churchill Downs are their most significant so far, but Connick said a few minutes ago he's not sure if the proposal answers all the questions legislators have, and there's no recurring money for continual improvements.
Still, if a compromise can be met Monday evening, he said he'd pull his bill before the committee meets Tuesday.