Churchill Downs to Break Ground on New Facility Wednesday, Dec. 20

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Churchill Downs. Photo Credit: Erin Pettigrew

On Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, Churchill Downs will break ground on its’ newest multi-million dollar investment in Jefferson County and its’ newest creation in Louisville.

Tomorrow, just a few short days before Christmas, Churchill Downs will do its’ best Santa Claus imitation and give its’ home city a big, bright, brand new spanking package: a state-of-the-art, 85,000-square foot facility to be located at old site of Louisville Downs, the Sports Spectrum and now Trackside training track.

It will be the home of Louisville’s own “Historic Racing” operation.

At 10 a.m. ET Wednesday, Churchill Downs’ top officials will be on location to break ground on what is expected to be a $60 million project to revitalize the former Trackside location at 4520 Poplar Level Road. The newest addition to the Churchill Downs’ family of projects will house the state’s largest and most innovative location for the operation of “Historic Racing Machines.”

This newest form of pari-mutuel wagering — which is based in part on the replays of historic racing events — should generate millions of dollars to supplement the purse structure at Churchill Downs’ three live race meetings, and also create great incentives for breeders and trainers.

In addition, the facility is slated to drive new economic growth in the area, and create an estimated 400 jobs in the Louisville community.

Churchill Downs will also be unveiling the new Name for the building location and operation.

We are scheduled to be on site for all the ceremonies and announcements and will be bringing you more news in these regards.

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