04/21/2010 12:00AM

Personnel changes at Churchill Downs Inc.


Churchill Downs Inc. has hired a casino executive to run its Fair Grounds racetrack and casino in New Orleans and has named the current president of Fair Grounds to be the president of its Calder Casino and Race Course in Miami, the company said on Tuesday.

Timothy W. Bryant, the former vice president of operations and finance for Harrah's New Orleans, will take the helm at Fair Grounds once he has received a license from the state racing commission, Churchill said in a release. Fair Grounds wrapped up its 2009-2010 racing season on March 28.

Austin Miller, the current president of Fair Grounds, will move to south Florida to take the helm at Calder, which begins its racing season on Sunday. Miller was named president of Fair Grounds in late 2008 after previously serving as the facility's vice president and general manager of slots and offtrack betting operations.

Churchill also announced the departure of the current president of Calder, Tom O'Donnell, who was hired by Churchill late in 2008 to oversee the construction of the casino at the Florida track. In a release, O'Donnell said that he had intended to leave Churchill after the casino opened in January of this year.

Correction: An earlier version of this article misstated the date that Calder was to open its meet. It is Sunday, April 25, not Friday, April 23.