KY Downs Announces Ground-Breaking Ceremony For Nov. 14

(KY Downs / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

From the KY Downs Media Team:

Kentucky Downs will begin its $25 million expansion and renovation with a ground-breaking ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 14 at 2 p.m. CT.
On hand for media interviews will be Kentucky Downs’ co-managing partners Ron Winchell and Marc Falcone, the prominent Nevada entertainment entrepreneurs who head the partnership that purchased the horse-racing and year-round entertainment facility in March.
Also available will be construction project head R.T. Browning; Allan Creel, a member of the ownership group and digital-printing pioneer Creel Printing; and Kentucky Downs senior vice president and general manager Ted Nicholson.
Browning’s more than 20 years of experience in overseeing construction projects in the casino industry include Las Vegas-based Stations Casinos entertainment company, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas luxury resort and Graton Resort and Casino in California’s Sonoma County.
Kentucky Downs’ first of three phases will add 18,000 square feet with an estimated investment of $25 million. The new building will feature more gaming as well as more food, beverage and entertainment options.
The first phase is scheduled for completion before the 2020 live race meet begins Wednesday, Sept. 2. The existing building will undergo its own dramatic renovation during the expansion, including transforming part of the current gaming floor into restaurants and other food and beverage outlets.
The combined expansion and renovation will nearly double the gaming operation, housing 1,200 Historical Horse Racing (HHR) gaming terminals. Kentucky Downs currently has 753 HHR terminals.

The horse broke well today,” Gaffalione said. “I had the horse inside, Dunph, going to the lead and then (Gun It) showed a little bit of speed. When I saw they were intent on going I just tried to get him back and got him to relax. He came back to me nicely and settled well down the backside. Got a little keen going into the far turn and wanted to move a little early. But I didn’t want to take too much away from him so I tried to sit as long as I could. He was waiting on horses down the lane but I kept him at task and there was plenty of horse there.”

“Mark (Casse, the trainer) and his team have done a great job,” Gaffalione said. “They’ve had a ton of confidence in this horse the whole way. It’s just an honor to be able to ride the horse. He’s just so professional, trains great and he’s a pleasure to be around.”

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