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146

Runnings of the
Kentucky Derby

#
1

Most profitable online sports and horse race wagering platforms

16

Industry-leading regional casinos and HRM/racing properties

600
+

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 146 years later, making the Derby the longest continuously 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.

Our diversification beyond our Churchill Downs segment into Online Wagering and Gaming has fueled our growth and supported our expansion. In 2007, we created the industry-leading TwinSpires.com online horse racing wagering platform for sports enthusiasts to enjoy the exhilaration of pari-mutuel wagering in 39 states and are now offering our BetAmerica online and retail sportsbook in four states. Through acquisitions, organic growth and strategic investments, we have also developed 10 industry-leading regional gaming properties in eight states with over 5,500 employees nationwide.  

About Churchill Downs Incorporated

Company Segments
Churchill Downs

The Churchill Downs segment includes live and historical pari-mutuel racing at Churchill Downs Racetrack and Derby City Gaming. Churchill Downs Racetrack is the home of the Kentucky Derby and conducts live racing during the year. Derby City Gaming is a historical racing machine (“HRM”) facility that operates under the Churchill Downs pari-mutuel racing license at its auxiliary training facility in Louisville, Kentucky.

Company Segments
Online Wagering

The Online Wagering segment is comprised of our advanced deposit wagering (“ADW”) business, TwinSpires, the largest ADW platform in the U.S., and our online sports betting and iGaming business, which consists of the online BetAmerica sports betting and casino gaming operations. Both businesses are headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky.

Company Segments
Gaming

The Gaming segment includes Churchill Downs Incorporated’s casino properties and associated racetrack or jai alai facilities, which support the casino license. Our regional gaming portfolio consists of 10 properties located in eight states and has approximately 11,000 slot machines and video lottery terminals, 200 table games and four retail sportsbooks.

All Other

Our corporate operations are located in Louisville, Kentucky. We also conduct live pari-mutuel racing at Arlington International Racecourse. Additionally, we are developing historical racing machine facilities at Oak Grove Racing & Gaming, Turfway Park and Newport Racing & Gaming.

News and Press Releases

Racing
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

2020

Greatness in Motion: Guinness McFadden looks back on  Country House’s Derby 145 triumph
FALL 2019 ISSUE

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
SPRING 2019 ISSUE

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