Churchill Downs, Yum! Brands extend Derby sponsorship deal throu - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Churchill Downs, Yum! Brands extend Derby sponsorship deal through 2020

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LOUISVILLE, Ky.(WDRB) -- Churchill Downs announced a continuation of its partnership with Yum! Brands in a five-year agreement for Yum! to sponsor the Kentucky Derby. 

The agreement will extend from the 2016 Derby through 2020, but Yum! has been the presenting sponsor since 2011 when an agreement was signed that will extend through 2015. 

That means the race will continue to be called the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands. 

"Our partnership over the last nine years with Yum! Brands has been positive for both companies, the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky's horsemen. Churchill Downs is very pleased to continue to work with a great corporate citizen right here in our hometown," said Kevin Flanery, president of Churchill Downs Racetrack. "The Kentucky Derby is a great American tradition and we look forward to the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands on Saturday, May 2nd."

"Yum! Brands is pleased to renew our presenting sponsorship of the Kentucky Derby, the greatest two minutes in sports," said Jonathan Blum, Senior Vice President, Yum! Brands, Inc. "While millions of people know and love our leading restaurant brands, they may not know Yum! Brands. The sponsorship of the Kentucky Derby allows us to build awareness of Yum!, the world's largest restaurant company."

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