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.