Churchill Downs names Ben Murr as president of TwinSpires and online gaming


Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI) has appointed Ben Murr as its president of TwinSpires and online gaming.

Murr will take on responsibility for the overall strategy and operations for CDI’s online business, having spent 14 years in leadership roles with the operator, including as president of United Tote, SVP and chief technology officer, and most recently as interim president of TwinSpires and online gaming.

Prior to joining CDI, Murr worked in IT leadership roles at General Electric.

His promotion is effective as of last Friday (14 January), and in addition to his new responsibilities, Murr will remain as a senior vice president of CDI.

The operator said it will now move quickly to fill the SVP and chief technology officer role.

“During his tenure with CDI, Ben has been an important leader in the growth across our operations,” said CDI CEO Bill Carstanjen.

“He has been a key player throughout the extensive changes in our company over the last 14 years and will continue to move our TwinSpires and online businesses forward.”

Murr added: “I’ve been heavily involved with TwinSpires and our online gaming operations throughout my tenure at CDI. I am passionate about these businesses and believe strongly in their future growth potential and strategic importance for CDI.”

TwinSpires is CDI’s online racing, sports betting and iGaming brand, and was the result of the consolidation of the operator’s previously available online products,, and

The platform is currently available in 30 states across the US.

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