KY Downs Ready For Ground-Breaking Ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 14

From the Kentucky Downs Media Team:

Kentucky Downs will officially break ground for the $25 million first phase of the most ambitious expansion and renovation and overall the largest construction project in track history tomorrow, Thursday Nov. 14, at 2 p.m. Central.
Kentucky Downs’ co-managing partners Ron Winchell and Marc Falcone will be available for media interviews. Also: construction project head R.T. Browning, ownership partner Allan Creel and Kentucky Downs senior vice president and general manager Ted Nicholson. Among the civic leaders on hand will be Steve Thurmond, executive director of the Franklin-Simpson Chamber of Commerce; Simpson County Judge Executive Mason Barnes and Franklin Mayor Larry Dixon.
Why is this important?
Kentucky Downs has become an economic engine, entertainment hub and tourism draw for the region, including both sides of the Kentucky-Tennessee border. Making this economic success story possible is the 2011 implementation of Historical Horse Racing (HHR), the innovative electronic technology based on the result of previously-run races that meshes the excitement of video slots machines with the time-honored parimutuel system that is the linchpin of American horse racing. Kentucky Downs investing in Historical Horse Racing eight years ago proved the trigger for the renaissance of the entire Kentucky racing circuit.
Now the new owners of Kentucky Downs are jumping in to almost double the size of the facility and the number of HHR terminals (to 1,200), along with adding restaurants and more food and beverage options — and jobs.
We hope to see you at Kentucky Downs on Thursday, Nov. 14, at 2 p.m. CT. Please contact me if you have any questions or if we can do anything to facilitate your coverage of this event.

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.”

Tyler Gaffalione, Rode of War of Will to victory in the G2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds

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