TwinSpires.com to become title sponsor of the Wood Memorial
By Eric Wing | 03/28/2014 11:38 AM ET
The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) announced today that TwinSpires.com, a leading Advance Deposit Wagering (ADW) provider, will serve as title sponsor of the Grade 1, $1 million TwinSpires.com Wood Memorial as part of a two-year partnership agreement. The 90th renewal of the 1 1/8-mile race, to be run on April 5 at Aqueduct Racetrack, serves as a major stepping stone to the May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands.
"We are proud to partner with NYRA to be the title sponsor of the TwinSpires.com Wood Memorial," said Jeremy Clemons, Vice President of Marketing for TwinSpires.com. "The Wood Memorial has traditionally been one of the most influential prep races for the Kentucky Derby and as such we are excited to provide TwinSpires.com players from across the country an extra rooting interest through our "Wood Winback" promotion. TwinSpires.com players will get all of their win bets on the Wood Memorial refunded if the Wood winner goes on to win the 140th Kentucky Derby. We look forward to our players cheering on the TwinSpires.com Wood Memorial winner in the Kentucky Derby."
"We are delighted to partner with TwinSpires.com on Aqueduct's premier race," said Chris Kay, President & Chief Executive Officer for NYRA. "Before a national audience, we look forward to wishing our TwinSpires.com Wood Memorial winner, and undoubtedly a couple of others from the race, the very best of luck when they move on from Aqueduct to compete in the 140th Run for the Roses."
The TwinSpires.com Wood Memorial is one of four graded stakes on Aqueduct's April 5 card, which also includes the Grade 1, $500,000 Carter Handicap, the Grade 2, $300,000 Gazelle and the Grade 3, $300,000 Bay Shore.
TwinSpires.com (www.twinspires.com) 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. TwinSpires.com is a wholly owned subsidiary of Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ: CHDN) and offers wagering on races from the country's most popular racetracks. TwinSpires.com is headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., and operates a wagering hub in Oregon. Eligible customers may open a TwinSpires account and wager through their TwinSpires accounts online at www.twinspires.com 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 Bristnet.com past performances to all wagering customers.
About The New York Racing Association, Inc.
NYRA's mission is "Meeting the highest standards in thoroughbred racing and equine safety." Founded in 1955, and franchised to run thoroughbred racing at New York's three major tracks (Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park, and Saratoga Race Course) through 2033, NYRA boasts a lineage that actually stretches back almost 150 years. NYRA tracks are the cornerstone of the state's thoroughbred business which contributes more than $2 billion annually to New York State's urban, suburban and rural economy. In 2013, nearly 1.7 million people attended the live races at NYRA tracks. Factoring in nationwide off-track wagering, the average daily betting handle on NYRA races totals more than $9 million. NYRA has a vast network of websites. You can also follow NYRA on social media platforms Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram.