05/17/2006 11:00PM

Churchill fires several employees

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Churchill Downs Inc. has fired at least "a dozen" employees of its offices in Louisville, Ky., as part of a corporate restructuring, a spokeswoman for the company said Thursday.

In a statement released by the company late Wednesday, Churchill's chief executive officer, Tom Meeker, said that the restructuring included the "elimination of several corporate positions" and the consolidation of the company's marketing and communications units.

The Churchill spokeswoman, Julie Koenig Loignon, declined to name any of the individuals who were fired.

Churchill released the statement on Wednesday in response to a reporter's questions, Koenig Loignon said.