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Equine & Gaming

Equine & Gaming

Defining your success

Our Equine & Gaming service area is a multi-discipline practice group.   Our clients include publicly traded horse racing, gaming and entertainment companies, privately-held racing, wagering and gaming partnerships and syndications, non-profit industry groups and trade associations, and individuals with interests in each of these fields. With a well-trained professional staff and the latest in computerized research systems, we move quickly to address the most sophisticated legal matters. Our clients range in size from Fortune 500 companies to small, family owned businesses.

Our Firm has represented Churchill Downs Incorporated for more than 50 years. The connection between Wyatt and Churchill Downs reaches back to the days of Matt Winn, the man widely credited with building the Kentucky Derby into the world renowned event that it is today. But our Firm's association with the equine industry is not simply historic. Today, we are more involved than ever in helping stage the largest horse racing event in North America, the Kentucky Derby. From assisting to secure public and private financing for the Louisville track's $126 million renovation completed in the spring of 2005, to our ongoing assistance with the protection, advancement and sale of Churchill's multiple trademarks and copyrights, and our legal and lobbying efforts in support of Churchill's multiple development and legislative initiatives in Kentucky and elsewhere throughout the country and around the globe, our Firm is one of the nation's leading law firms where equine, gaming and entertainment matters are concerned.

Through our representation of horse owners, trainers, breeders and blood stock agents, we are able to assist in a variety of ways, including the formation of racing partnerships and other multiple ownership vehicles used to build and increase their businesses. We have extensive experience in the area of Thoroughbred breeding and Thoroughbred breeding operations.

Members of our Equine & Gaming group bring more than just legal knowledge to the challenges presented by clients. The service area can boast lawyers who have represented the two largest race track operators in the country. This knowledge and experience can be a valuable asset to clients seeking to do business in the racing and gaming business, both nationally and internationally.

Our partner alumni include Jim Newberry, former Mayor of Lexington, and Alex Waldrop, CEO of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association.

Related Areas of the Law

Members of our Equine, Gaming & Entertainment Group, with the help of other lawyers in our full service firm, help clients address a wide variety of ancillary legal challenges facing their businesses, including tax planning, employee benefits mandates, trust and estate planning, and other similar areas requiring significant background and experience in the related area. This broad approach to clients' problems sets us apart from practitioners and firms without the extensive range of experience that we can bring to bear on any problem or challenge presented by the client.