(Press Conference and Ground Breaking for Derby City Gaming / Photo By Gene McLean)
From the Media Team at Churchill Downs:
Churchill Downs Incorporated Announces Increase from 600 to 900 Historical Racing Machines for the Opening of Derby City Gaming
Kentucky Horse Racing Commission Also Conditionally Approves Ainsworth Game Technology Historical Racing Operating System and Initial Group of Game Themes for Derby City Gaming Machines
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Churchill Downs Incorporated (“CDI”) (Nasdaq: CHDN) announced today that it has received approval from the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (“KHRC”) to increase from 600 to 900 historical racing machines for the opening of its new Derby City Gaming facility. KHRC also conditionally approved the Ainsworth Game Technology historical racing operating system and an initial group of game themes for the Derby City Gaming machines. The nearly complete 85,000-square-foot $65 million facility is scheduled to open in September.
CDI requested the pre-opening addition of the new machines due to widespread enthusiasm based on local and statewide interest in the new venue. CDI anticipates significant consumer demand for these machines which will have a positive impact on Kentucky’s horse racing industry.
“We’re overwhelmed by the support we’ve received since announcing Derby City Gaming—it’s clear that Kentuckians are passionate about how the new HRM facility will strengthen the Commonwealth’s horseracing industry,” said Kevin Flanery, President of Churchill Downs Racetrack. “Derby City Gaming will support Kentucky’s equine industry through larger purses and greater incentives for breeders and owners. That’s important because a stronger horse racing industry means a stronger Kentucky.”
Derby City Gaming will create a total of 450 new local jobs, including 250 already involved in construction and an estimated 200 new full- and part-time jobs to operate and manage the facility. CDI will soon be hosting job fairs to help fill these new positions.
Derby City Gaming will house two quick-service, walk-up food venues, as well as a bar with seating for 50 and large format televisions for guests to take in all the best sporting action year-round. The facility will open with a player’s club reward center offering special perks and benefits, including an exclusive parking area for loyal guests.
Derby City Gaming is located at 4520 Poplar Level Road – CDI’s former Trackside (also known as the former Sports Spectrum) site, and conveniently located less than half a mile from the Poplar Level Road exit off the Watterson Expressway (I-264).