United Tote Company and Oaklawn Park Announce Long-term Agreement
LOUISVILLE, KY. (August 31, 2016) – United Tote, a leading supplier of pari-mutuel accounting services, totalisator systems, equipment and technology worldwide, and the Oaklawn Jockey Club, owner and operator of Oaklawn Park, the historic Arkansas thoroughbred track that hosts the $900,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) and $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1), announced that they have entered into a multi-year agreement for United Tote’s pari-mutuel wagering technology services and equipment. United Tote has long provided financial settlement services to the venerable Hot Springs race track, but this marks the first ever transition in totalisator providers in the storied history of the facility.
Oaklawn’s Director of Gaming and Wagering, Bobby Geiger stated, “After a competitive vetting process we found a wagering technology partner in United Tote with whom we are comfortable. Our new partner had to demonstrate they could handle the load of big racing days. At Oaklawn, the Rebel Stakes and Arkansas Derby day crowds are enormous. United Tote provides totalizator services for the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs and this past fall they handled the Breeders’ Cup Championships at Keeneland; speaking with executives from both of those venues provided additional confidence that this was the right fit for Oaklawn.”
Nate Simon, President of United Tote said, “We share Oaklawn Park’s commitment to excellence. Their selection of United Tote for the long-term has energized our entire work force. No one is more proud than I am to be a new part of the Oaklawn team – one that offers the highest quality racing product and is so very well respected and renowned globally.”
“The implementation of United Tote’s F4 terminals, featuring the fan favorite Enterbet Wagering User Interface, will be a noticeable upgrade for the on-track self-serve bettors,” said Vic Harrison, United Tote’s Senior Sales Director.
In addition to the award winning betting interface, Oaklawn Park will be further improving the look and feel of their entire racing facility: On January 13th Oaklawn will begin its live 2017 racing season with United Tote’s high power DRĪV customer display application and brand new digital tote board indication in the infield as well as inside the plant.
Geiger added, “From the fans perspective, the most noticeable changes for 2017 will be cutting-edge self-service wagering terminals, new high-visibility odds indication in the infield tote boards coupled with high resolution will-pay and price display, upgraded odds indication throughout the grandstand and the ability to offer 14 separate wagering interests on a single race.”
“We’re bringing a lot of new features and technology to the Arkansas racing fan,” Geiger added, “we’re excited, the 2017 season can’t get here fast enough.”
ABOUT UNITED TOTE
United Tote, wholly owned subsidiary of Churchill Downs Incorporated, is a leading supplier of totalisator systems, services and equipment, pari-mutuel settlement services, and technology that processes wagers and payouts, and is a provider of pari-mutuel tote services to racing operations such as leading racetracks Arlington International, Churchill Downs, Keeneland, Canterbury Park and The Fairgrounds. United Tote designs, manufactures and operates pari-mutuel wagering systems for more than 150 racing companies and numerous OTB facilities in North America and around the world. Each hardware and software component, while a leader in its own right, was developed for deployment as part of a comprehensive wagering system to increase player satisfaction, attract new customers and decrease the costs of operation.
ABOUT OAKLAWN PARK
Since 1904, Oaklawn has been the site for world-class Thoroughbred racing; hosting a race meet each year between mid-January and mid-April. The race season culminates with the Racing Festival of the South, one of the richest weeks of racing in the country highlighted by the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1).
Horsemen from all over the country come to Arkansas each year for this lucrative meet, which offered a record $29 million in purses in 2016 and is projected to reach another record purse distribution in 2017. In recent years, success at Oaklawn has become synonymous with victory in Triple Crown races with American Pharoah and Creator both using the track as their launching pad to stardom.
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