(Oak Grove Racing & Gaming facility in far West Kentucky is a trip worth taking / Photos by Gene McLean)

Editor’s Note:

I spent much of the week in Nashville, celebrating with my youngest grandson, Mac, for his upcoming 2nd birthday. He is an amazing kid, but more on that later.

On the way from Nashville to the Lake House, I did a little detour and stopped in at the new Oak Grove Racing and Gaming facilities near Fort Campbell.

For all those that like to bash on Churchill Downs, and its’ investment to the horse industry — just take a little trip to see this place.

It is a show place that wins. (See, we incorporated all three of the “across the board” bets right there in one sentence.)

Seriously, it is truly amazing.

The hotel is fantastic, and adjoins the new Historic Horse Racing venue. The complex is already hosting acts and music icons to the facility, and will soon host John Michael Montgomery. Plush.

The HHR building looks like any 5-Star facility in Vegas:

State-of-the-art bars, with big screen TVs overhead, allow for customers to enjoy their favorite beverage and watch sports and racing in style.

Food venues range from an upscale steak house to a venue where there are many fast food options.

The HHR machines are colorful, and attractive. And, on a Thursday afternoon, there were several hundred people in the facility enjoying a favorite pastime in comfort.

There’s a simulcasting center, where the horse lovers can go and wager on their favorite racetrack being televised from around the country.

The new Standardbred racetrack and equine center can be viewed from the rear of the complex, and live racing will soon return to the area with full amenities.

The racing surface and the plentiful purses have already drawn raves from many in the harness racing industry.

If you have not made the time, then make it.

Come to Oak Grove.

Enjoy.

It is Kentucky’s newest racing jewell.

And, it will add hundreds of thousands of dollars — and hundreds of jobs, too — to help the Commonwealth’s signature industry surpass the most lofty goals and expectations.

It is Kentucky’s newest horse industry surprise and prize.

Here’s a few looks: