Derby City

Sept. 12, 2019

We traveled to Derby City Gaming to see what a Historical Horse Racing (HHR) machine facility looks like. While at Derby City the students heard from Tim Bryant, the President and General Manager, about HHR machines and how they support purses in Kentucky. Despite their similar appearance, HHR machines are not slot machines. In fact, they are gaming devices that are pari-mutuel and are based on historical horse races. Churchill Downs Incorporated has a contract with Ainsworth to produce the most state-of-the-art historical horse racing machines to drive game play which in turn drives the purse accounts at Churchill Downs. With higher purses offered at Churchill Downs, and other racetracks in Kentucky, it supports the whole racing and breeding industry in the state. In ACBS 442, we learn about the role of slots in racing’s purse structures both domestically and internationally. Additionally, Steve May visited the RTIP last year and spent a class discussing HHR and the purpose it serves in enhancing Kentucky racing. It was enlightening to see the product in action and see a dedicated facility.


David Range