First post would be 6 p.m., and the 11 races each night would continue until about 11 p.m., he said.
"We all look for ways to bring people to the race track," Asher said. "With night racing, you've got the possibility of bringing some people to the track that might be working during the day."
Churchill considered installing permanent lights as part of a sweeping renovation of the track. But the lights were cut from the $121 million project, completed in 2005.
Any dabbling in night racing would not be done with an eye toward its most famous race, Asher said.
"Churchill Downs is not contemplating night racing with the Kentucky Derby in mind," he said.
* Sen. John McCain said he's sure that President Obama "will be more than eager" to pardon the late black heavyweight champion Jack Johnson, who was sent to prison nearly a century ago because of his romantic ties with a white woman. Appearing with three of Johnson's family members and Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., McCain unveiled a resolution urging a presidential pardon for Johnson, who was convicted in 1913 of violating the Mann Act, which made it illegal to transport women across state lines for immoral purposes. The law has since been heavily amended, but has not been repealed.
* John McEnroe will be part of ESPN2's announcing team when the network carries the U.S. Open for the first time this year. He sometimes will be paired in the broadcast booth with his younger brother Patrick.
* Top-ranked Serena Williams overcame a poor start and defeated Li Na, 4-6, 7-6 (1), 6-2, in the quarterfinals of the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Fla. Serena will face her sister, Venus, in tonight's semifinals. Venus defeated Iveta Benesova, 6-1, 6-4. Tonight's match will be the 20th between the sisters.
* Penn has promoted offensive line coach Jon McLaughlin to offensive coordinator.
* The Wings' Athan Iannucci was named the National Lacrosse League's Player of the Week. He had seven points in a win over Colorado.
* Jozy Altidore became the youngest American with an international hat trick, and the United States beat Trinidad and Tobago, 3-0, in Nashville, Tenn., to maintain its lead in the final round of qualifying for next year's World Cup. Making just his fourth international start, Altidore connected in the 13th, 71st and 89th minutes, all three times off passes from Landon Donovan. Altidore has six goals in nine international appearances.
* Long Beach State's Alan Knipe has been selected as the new coach of the Olympic gold medal-winning U.S. men's volleyball team. The 40-year-old Knipe will take a leave of absence from Long Beach State to coach the national team through the 2012 Olympics in London. *