"It's my view that Kentucky's breeding industry is standing still and that our whole program of horse racing, breeding and marketing needs review and more forceful approaches. It wasn't long ago that Kentucky horsemen sold 61% of the Thoroughbred yearlings marketed in this country. Last year we sold 24%.
" Churchill Downs is part of the whole situation, as well as the place where America's most interesting horse race occurs. To me, there is no reason why we cannot modernize and restore the old place without destroying the integrity or its link with the past."
Some designs are on paper, May says. None have been approved. But he has high hopes.