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Kentucky Downs and Encore RBG announce expansion agreement11 March 2016
(PRESS RELEASE) -- Kentucky Downs and Encore Racing Based Games (RBG) today announced an agreement to add 143 additional Encore Historic Horse Racing terminals at the Franklin, Kentucky racetrack. The expansion will take the total machine count at Kentucky Downs to 643 Encore terminals.
The expansion agreement comes on the heels of a record setting February, which saw Kentucky Downs break their single month handle and attendance records. The $37,743,705 wagered on the Encore Historic Horse Racing system and games set a new one-month HHR handle record, besting the previous handle record by almost $3 million. Overall handle was up an incredible $8.58 million compared to last February. The wide variety of Encore game titles and significant jackpots awarded to Kentucky Downs customers continued to drive attendance in February, as the track once again set a one-month attendance record with 32,288 customers attending during the month.
"Encore has been a tremendous partner," commented Kentucky Downs Senior Vice President Ted Nicholson. "From the very beginning, they have worked closely with us to identify the wants and needs of our customers, and diligently created exciting game content that our players truly love. With yet another record-breaking month in the books, it is obvious that our customer base continues to grow, and that our current patrons are extremely happy with the historic horse racing products we are offering. We are very excited to expand our operation by adding additional Encore terminals, and we are confident that Kentucky Downs will set new handle and attendance records in the months to come."
"We are very pleased that our relationship with Kentucky Downs continues to grow and prosper," commented Encore President Jeremy Stein. "Kentucky Downs has done an excellent job of creating an entertaining environment for their customers, and we are fortunate to play a role in their expansion project. We believe that our commitment to provide engaging and exciting pari-mutuel games will continue to make new historic horse racing fans, which in turn will lead to more record breaking months."