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TwinSpires and Tonto Apache Tribe team up to pursue Arizona online sports betting license

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July 30th, 2021

TwinSpires, the Churchill Downs-owned online wagering brand for horse racing and sports, announced today it will seek to enter the newly legalized sports betting market in Arizona, in partnership with the Tonto Apache Tribe, owner and operator of the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino.

The partnership allows for a TwinSpires retail sportsbook to open within the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino, and also for TwinSpires to launch its state-of-the-art online sportsbook within the State of Arizona, in each case subject to obtaining applicable gaming licenses and regulatory approvals.

TwinSpires is backed by Churchill Downs, host of the iconic Kentucky Derby and nearly 150 years of gaming and wagering experience within the U.S.

“The team behind the most exciting two minutes in sports is thrilled to partner with the Tonto Apache Tribe and pursue offering our leading sportsbook product and promotions to sports fans throughout Arizona,“ said TwinSpires President, Ian Williams.

Tonto Apache Chairman Calvin Johnson said, “In conjunction with our world class partner, we look forward to supporting the local community and bringing more visitors to the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino and our beautiful county.”

TwinSpires sportsbooks are currently available in six states, including Colorado, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Tennessee, Mississippi and Michigan. Churchill Downs’ BetAmerica sports betting and iGaming platform in New Jersey is expected to transition to the TwinSpires brand during the third quarter of 2021.

About TwinSpires

TwinSpires is a Churchill Downs Incorporated brand and the official wagering partner of the Kentucky Derby. CDI’s wholly owned online pari-mutuel wagering business has operated under the brand since 2007. TwinSpires sports betting is offered  in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Mississippi, Colorado, Tennessee, and Indiana with iGaming also available in Pennsylvania and Michigan.  CDI’s BetAmerica sports betting and iGaming platform in New Jersey is expected to transition to the TwinSpires brand during the third quarter of 2021.

About Churchill Downs Incorporated

Churchill Downs Incorporated is an industry-leading racing, online wagering and gaming entertainment company anchored by our iconic flagship event, the Kentucky Derby. We own and operate three pari-mutuel gaming entertainment venues in Kentucky: Derby City Gaming; Oak Grove Racing, Gaming, and Hotel; and Newport Racing and Gaming. We also own and operate TwinSpires, one of the largest and most profitable online horse race wagering, online sportsbook and iGaming platforms in the U.S. We are a leader in brick-and-mortar casino gaming with approximately 11,000 slot machines and video lottery terminals and 200 table games in eight states. Additional information about CDI can be found online at www.churchilldownsincorporated.com

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