Churchill Downs Incorporated began with the opening of one legendary racetrack in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1875. While traveling in England and France in 1872–1873, 26-year-old Meriwether Lewis Clark devised the idea of a Louisville Jockey Club for conducting race meets. Clark toured and visited with a number of notable racing leaders, including England’s Admiral Rous and France’s Vicomte Darn, vice president of the French Jockey Club.
Upon his return from Europe, Clark began the development of his racetrack, which would serve to showcase the Kentucky breeding industry. The track would eventually become known as Churchill Downs.
In 1996, Churchill Downs took their betting site online, calling it TwinSpires.
Twinspires’ cell phone app not only allows players to bet on horseraces but also on other sporting events in 7 states, such as football and basketball.
The parent company of TwinSpires also owns several casinos, including the Lady Luck Nemacolin in Pennsylvania, and the Presque Isle Downs. Casino-type games can also be played on the apps or online via the website.
Despite the coronavirus pandemic of 2020/2021, sports booking companies such as TwinSpires saw record revenue.
TwinSpires maintains a corporate office in Lexington, Kentucky.