Churchill Down Incorporated has entered an agreement to purchase 1,250 historical racing machines from International Games Technology.

The racing, online wagering and gaming entertainment firm is to use the machines at its Kentucky gaming facilities including Derby City Gaming in Louisville, Oak Grove Racing, Gaming & Hotel in Oak Grove when it opens in September 2020, Newport Racing & Gaming in Newport when it opens in early fourth quarter 2020 and other future facilities.

“CDI is excited to introduce IGT’s HRMs with their top-rated themes to our venues and players,” noted Austin Miller, CDI senior vice president of gaming operations

“IGT’s vast content library and reputation for delivering world-class products aligns with our commitment to delivering premier gaming and entertainment experiences to our guests.”

HRMs are approved by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission and utilise the results of previously run, live horse races to generate player outcomes.

“Adding HRMs to IGT’s vast portfolio further strengthens our position as an end-to-end solutions provider and creates new opportunities to help drive our customers’ growth,” said Nick Khin, IGT chief operating officer of gaming

“Our HRMs will be offered on some of our top-performing hardware including the CrystalDual 27, CrystalSlant and CrystalCurve cabinets, and will leverage some of the most recognizable themes in the gaming industry such as Fortune Coin, Griffin’s Throne and Stinkin’ Rich.”

The entities will operate on Ainsworth Game Technology’s proprietary HHR platform and will feature many themes, such as Fortune Coin, Griffin’s Throne and Stinkin’ Rich, on some of IGT’s “highest performing” hardware, including the CrystalDual 27, CrystalSlant and CrystalCurve.

“We believe offering IGT’s content and hardware with our proven HHR platform will elevate the player experience in Kentucky,” said Ryan Comstock, Ainsworth Gaming’s chief operating officer. 

“Having an industry-leader such as IGT partner with us helps to validate the relevance of and bright future for this exciting part of the gaming market.”