United Tote is First International Tote System to Operate Live Racing in Brazil

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 11, 2015) – United Tote, a leading supplier of totalisator systems, equipment and technology that processes wagers and payouts at facilities worldwide, is pleased to announce that pari-mutuel history has been made in Brazil. On Thursday, May 7, in partnership with Codere and the Jockey Club do Rio Grande do Sul in Porto Alegre, Brazil, the first day of modern live racing with international commingling into single pools was run on United Tote technology at Hipodromo do Cristal in Porto Alegre.

Codere, utilizing United Tote’s state-of-the-art, international tote system and award winning EnterBet™ terminal software, helped the Jockey Club take the first step in opening up their under-served Brazilian thoroughbred racing market to the benefits of modern, global pari-mutuel industry standards.  Not only could punters attending the races in Brazil wager on their favorite horse, but on opening day, the racing from Cristal was broadcast to Hipodromo Nacional de Maronas in Uruguay, where for the first time in history, non-Brazilians were able to wager directly into the Brazilian system utilizing modern ITSP protocol.

Nate Simon, President of United Tote and Vice President of Churchill Downs Inc., was in attendance for the first day of racing, and stated, “I couldn’t be happier with the support of Codere and the Jockey Club do Rio Grande do Sul in achieving this milestone in Brazilian horse racing. We look forward to a brighter future in Brazil as the benefits of larger pools, internationally tested software, and system security that patrons can rely on drive an increase in popularity of the sport of kings.”

This news comes immediately after the success of United Tote’s software and services team running the record breaking 141st Kentucky Derby, where its software system as the tote host handled $194.3 million US dollars of wagering on a single day.  Simon stated, “though the Triple Crown is the busiest time of the racing year from an operations standpoint, United Tote has not slowed down its push to expand the Latin American horse racing market with another installation of its software running live for the first time this past weekend in Ecuador.  We have been keeping very busy. There will never be a lack of demand for quality and reliability when it comes to tote software and service.”

ABOUT UNITED TOTE

United Tote, wholly owned subsidiary of Churchill Downs Incorporated, is a leading supplier of totalisator systems, services and equipment, pari-mutuel settlement services, and technology that processes wagers and payouts, and is a provider of pari-mutuel tote services to racing operations such as leading racetracks Arlington International, Churchill Downs, Keeneland, Canterbury Park and The Fairgrounds. United Tote designs, manufactures and operates pari-mutuel wagering systems for more than 150 racing companies and numerous OTB facilities in North America and around the world.  Each hardware and software component, while a leader in its own right, was developed for deployment as part of a comprehensive wagering system to increase player satisfaction, attract new customers and decrease the costs of operation.

ABOUT CHURCHILL DOWNS INCORPORATED

Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI) (NASDAQ: CHDN), headquartered in Louisville, Ky., owns the world-renowned Churchill Downs Racetrack, home of the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks, as well as racetrack and casino operations in Miami Gardens, Fla.; racetrack, casino and video poker operations in New Orleans, La.; racetrack operations in Arlington Heights, Ill.; a casino resort in Greenville, Miss.; a casino hotel in Vicksburg, Miss.; a casino in Oxford, Maine; and a 50 percent owned joint venture, Miami Valley Gaming and Racing LLC, in Lebanon, Ohio. CDI also owns Big Fish Games, Inc., one of the world’s largest producers and distributors of casual games; the country's premier online wagering company, TwinSpires.com; the totalisator company, United Tote; Bluff Media, an Atlanta-based multimedia poker company; and a collection of racing-related telecommunications and data companies. Additional information about CDI can be found online at www.churchilldownsincorporated.com.

 

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