Churchill Downs' new account wagering service, TwinSpires, will not be open for business in time for the opening of the 2007 spring meet on Saturday, Churchill Downs Inc. announced April 27.
“As our team was preparing for an April 28 launch of TwinSpires and was completing our final pre-launch tests, an issue arose with one of the vendors that supports the site,” said Vernon Niven, executive vice president of TwinSpires, in confirming the delay. “This is a minor issue that in no way impacts the integrity of wagering with TwinSpires, nor the ability to place wagers through TwinSpires' online and telephone processes.
"The issue we discovered relates to the scalability and performance of our online registration process," Niven added. "Because we want our customers to be able to register and deposit funds into their accounts with ease, we have elected to delay the official launch date to give our vendor enough time to resolve the issue to our satisfaction. We hope to have this issue resolved within a few days in order to launch TwinSpires prior to the upcoming Kentucky Derby and Oaks at Churchill Downs."
Niven said CDI will announce the new launch date as soon as the registration problem is resolved.
TwinSpires (www.twinspires.com) is the official ADW service for its family of racetracks, as well for the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks. TwinSpires, a wholly owned subsidiary of CDI, offers wagering on races from Churchill Downs, Santa Anita, Gulfstream Park, Fair Grounds Race Course, Pimlico Race Course, Lone Star Park, Golden Gate Fields, Laurel Park and other popular racing venues. TwinSpires is headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., and operates a wagering hub in Oregon.