12/17/2013 1:06PM

Churchill Downs Inc. joins American Gaming Association board

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Churchill Downs Inc., the racetrack and casino owner, has joined the board of the American Gaming Association, the lobbying group announced Tuesday.

Two other companies also joined the AGA’s board at the same time as Churchill, bringing the number of board members at the organization to 15, a list that includes other racetrack owners such as Pinnacle Entertainment and Penn National Gaming Inc. The AGA is the casino industry’s largest lobbying group.

Over the past several years, Churchill has purchased three stand-alone casino properties and has begun lobbying for the legal expansion of online gambling. In addition to its casino and racetrack properties, the company operates the racing industry’s market-leading account-wagering operation, twinspires.com.