The Kentucky Derby is still more than a month away, but Churchill Downs Inc. executives are already celebrating a big payday.
A lot of money passes through CDI. The Louisville-based gaming company owns five horse racetracks, six casinos and the nation’s top online wagering site, TwinSpires.com.
Last year it took in $2.5 billion in bets, which led to $779 million in revenue and an 11 percent gain in the measure of profit used to calculate executive bonuses. Shareholders loved it, driving up the stock price by 35 percent last year, to $89.65.
On Monday, a federal filing showed how Churchill Downs execs were rewarded. The company’s top five officers received $27.9 million between them for 2013. Most of the money—$23.3 million—came in the form of company stock that they will receive over the next four years. Now that’s a walk to the winner’s circle.
Here’s who got what:
William Carstanjen, president, made $9.9 million in 2013
William Mudd, chief financial officer, made $8.3 million in 2013
James Gay, senior vice president, made $4.6 million in 2013
Alan Tse, general counsel, made $3.6 million in 2013
And here’s the compensation breakout from the company’s filing Monday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission: