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Runnings of the
Kentucky Derby


Most profitable horse race wagering platform


Industry-leading regional casinos and HRM/racing properties


Community nonprofits supported annually

The Kentucky Derby is just the beginning...

It all started with an inaugural race meet in 1875 that featured two flagship horse races: the Kentucky Oaks and the Kentucky Derby. These iconic races are still run beneath the Twin Spires 147 years later, making the Derby the longest continually-held annual sporting event in the United States. Today, Derby Week is preceded by a month of events celebrating the Kentucky Derby and helps to bring over $350 million to the local economy each year.

Diversification beyond live horse racing into historical horse racing, online wagering and gaming has fueled the company's growth and supported CDI's expansion. In 2007, we created the industry-leading technology platform TwinSpires, that is now one of the most profitable online wagering platforms for horse racing in the U.S.

About Churchill Downs Incorporated

Company Segments
Live and Historical Racing

The Live and Historical Racing segment includes live and historical pari-mutuel racing at Churchill Downs Racetrack; Derby City Gaming; Oak Grove Racing, Gaming & Hotel; Turfway Park Racing & Gaming; Newport Racing & Gaming; and Ellis Park Racing & Gaming. Churchill Downs Racetrack is the home of the Kentucky Derby and conducts live racing during Spring, September and Fall Meets. Derby City Gaming is a historical racing machine (“HRM”) entertainment venue that operates under the Churchill Downs pari-mutuel racing license at its auxiliary training facility in Louisville, Kentucky. Oak Grove Racing, Gaming & Hotel offers HRMs as well as live harness racing in Oak Grove, Kentucky. Turfway Park Racing & Gaming is a live winter Thoroughbred racetrack and HRM entertainment venue in Florence, Kentucky. Newport Racing & Gaming is an ancillary HRM facility that operates under the Turfway Park license in Newport, Kentucky. Ellis Park Racing & Gaming is a live summer Thoroughbred racetrack and HRM venue in Henderson, Kentucky.  

Company Segments

The TwinSpires segment is comprised of our advanced deposit wagering (“ADW”) business including United Tote. Headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, TwinSpires is one of the largest and most profitable online wagering platforms for horse racing in the U.S.

Company Segments

The Gaming segment includes Churchill Downs Incorporated’s casino properties and associated racetrack or jai alai facilities that support the casino license. CDI's regional gaming portfolio consists of 11 properties located in 9 states and has approximately 11,800 slot machines and video lottery terminals, 250 table games and 8 retail sportsbooks.

Coming Soon

Queen of Terre Haute Casino Resort is a $240 million investment located in Terre Haute, Indiana, scheduled to open in late 2023. It will feature a 125-room luxury hotel, 1000 slots and electronic table games,  35 live table games including live poker, 5 restauraunts, 6 bars and a TwinSpires Sports Book. 

Derby City Gaming Downtown is a 43,000-square-foot historic racing machine ("HRM") entertainment venue located in downtown, Louisville, Kentucky, that will include 500 HRMs, 3 unique bar concepts and a stage for live music entertainment. The anticipated opening is early 2023. 

News and Press Releases

Overcoming Erasure: Kentucky Derby Museum expands and enhances its ‘Black Heritage in Rac

Overcoming Erasure:
Kentucky Derby Museum expands and enhances its ‘Black Heritage in Racing’ exhibition

“As with much of American history, the contributions of Black horsemen to the legacy of the Kentucky Derby, though integral, are largely unknown to far too many of us. This spring, the Kentucky Derby Museum is doubling down on its efforts to remedy that erasure. Since 1993, the museum has hosted a permanent 'Black Heritage in Racing' exhibit on the second floor. But now, the exhibit moves downstairs to a 930-square-foot space to expand the stories of legendary Black horsemen through artifacts, oral history interviews and artwork.”

Kellie Doligale

Spring 2021

2020 ISSUE

Racing’s Keystone:
A celebration of the 125th anniversary of the Twin Spires

“Every object and significant building of the first 20 years of the Downs and the Derby – with the exception of the racetrack itself, which hasn’t moved an inch in 146 years – have been modified or removed. One has to say the ‘modern’ life of the ancient Downs begins with that grandstand and its spires: the heart of the track that grew from there and a continuing heartbeat of its history.”

Bill Doolittle


Greatness in Motion: Guinness McFadden looks back on  Country House’s Derby 145 triumph

Greatness in Motion:
Country House’s Derby 145 triumph

“It almost never is, but sometimes the exception confirms the rule: 2019 Kentucky Derby victor Country House looks like a horse that was born to win. With his fluid and sturdy movement, watching him run is a joy, all long strides and lean muscle. A glossy copper chestnut with a shock of white blazing down his forehead, this is what you picture when you close your eyes and envision ‘champion.’”

Kirsten Schofield

Fall 2019

Making a Mark: World-renowned illustrator Ralph Steadman returns to Churchill Downs 49 years after notoriously visiting with Hunter S. Thompson

Making a Mark:
Ralph Steadman's return to Churchill Downs

“Similar to Thompson’s determination to surround himself with the ultimate truths of existence at the Derby, Steadman was concentrated not on watching the races but on watching the people watch the races; he wanted to capture whatever that feeling is called during a race – some intersection of jubilation, vigor, frenzy, ecstasy and insanity.”

Remy Sisk

Spring 2019