One. Helping Many.

Charities of
America Offers Opportunity to Bet the Kentucky Derby Along with Horse Players From Reality Show

Mountain View, Calif.,, the official advance-deposit wagering service for Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ: CHDN), has created an opportunity for players to bet along with some of their favorite stars from the Esquire Network’s reality show – Horseplayers.

The Horse Players’ Derby Duel will pit “Team Rotondo” featuring Peter Rotondo, Sr. and Lee Davis against “Team Champs” featuring National Handicapping Championship winners Michael Beychok and John Conte. Each team will have up to $50,000 to wager on the Oaks & Derby cards on behalf of TwinSpires players. players can choose the team they want to support by contributing as little as $10 into the pool. All winnings from the wagers placed by each team are returned to the players who have contributed to the pool.

“We are excited to have assembled such a star-studded cast of handicappers to share a unique Kentucky Derby wagering experience with our players while at the same time raising much-needed money for Thoroughbred Charities of America,” said Vice President of Marketing Jeremy Clemons.

The team who has the most winnings on behalf of the players who contributed to the pool will have $5,000 donated in their names to Thoroughbred Charities of America.

“We are delighted to have been selected as the beneficiary of the Derby Duel,” said Erin Crady, executive director of TCA. “Having recently received nearly 100 grant applications from Thoroughbred industry related charities, the Derby Duel contribution will certainly assist us as we provide grants to qualified applicants. We greatly appreciate the support of TwinSpires.”

For more information and official details regarding the Horse Players’ Derby Duel, please visit

Customers may open a TwinSpires account and wager through their TwinSpires accounts online at or via telephone by dialing 1-877-SPIRES-1 (1-877-774-7371). Customers may deposit funds into their TwinSpires accounts at any time via their phone, the TwinSpires website or postal mail. TwinSpires charges no fees to register, to wager, or to maintain an account, and TwinSpires offers live video streaming of races as well as free race replays and free past performances to all wagering customers. ( is the official advance-deposit wagering service for Churchill Downs Incorporated and its family of racetracks, as well for the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ: CHDN) and offers wagering on races from the country’s most popular racetracks. is headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., and operates a wagering hub in Oregon.

Thoroughbred Charities of America (TCA’s) mission is to provide a better life for Thoroughbreds, both during and after their racing careers by supporting retirement, rescue and research and by helping the people who work with them. TCA raises money for distribution to charitable organizations that work to uphold this mission in four categories including Thoroughbred rescue, retirement, retraining and adoption; research; education and backstretch programs; and therapeutic riding programs. Over the past 23 years, TCA has granted nearly $20 million to over 200 Thoroughbred related charities. TCA is the charitable arm of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA).