LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Oct. 9, 2012) — Churchill Downs Inc. announced Monday that it has named James E. “Ted” Gay President of Churchill Downs Interactive, which will consist of the company’s online initiatives, including TwinSpires.com, Luckity.com and Bluff Media.
As part of this role, Gay will continue to oversee business development activities with respect to the company’s online initiatives. Gay is currently based in Louisville, Ky., but will relocate to Mountain View, Calif., in early 2013. Gay, who assumes his new duties immediately, will report directly to president and chief operating officer William C. Carstanjen.
Gay joined the Churchill Downs as director of business development in March 2003. He was promoted to vice president in June 2006 and to senior vice president of strategy and business development in January 2009. In March, Gay was promoted to senior vice president and chief strategy officer.
“Throughout Ted’s tenure with the company, he has played a strong leadership role in the development of CDI’s online strategy and initiatives. He was an essential part of our leadership team in the acquisitions of AmericaTAB and YouBet.com. He also led the acquisition of Bluff Media and currently oversees its operations. Most recently, Ted has led the strategic thinking behind, and development of, Luckity.com,” Carstanjen said. Gay, a Lexington, Ky., native, holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Virginia. He currently serves on the board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana.