Progress Continues on Demolition, Dirt Removal for New Parking Garage & Louisville Thoroughbred Society

Work continues to move forward at 129 East Main Street in downtown Louisville. Demolition crews and heavy machine operators have nearly completed all the initial dirt removal in preparation for the construction of a new parking garage that will be situated in-between the current Ice House complex and what will soon be known as the Hughes Building.

The parking garage is an essential first step in the entire renovation and construction project, as it will also serve as the foundation for new elevators and staircases that will allow easy entrance and egress to the Hughes Building.

And, the rooftop will serve as an open-air, patio, and gathering spot for both the newly proposed Louisville  Thoroughbred Society, and a premium Cigar Bar that will also be located on the rooftop.

The Louisville Thoroughbred Society will be a private membership club dedicated to providing first class amenities and service to those people interested in, invested in, and fans of the Thoroughbred racing and breeding industries. Plans are now fully underway to convert the second floor of the new Hughes Building into the home for the club, which is planned to open in 2019.

An “Open House” for prospective investors and members is now being planned for October 2018. Watch for the announcement and make plans to join us for this exciting introduction to downtown Louisville’s newest attraction.

We look forward to seeing you soon, and updating you as the project moves along.

If you are interested in investment opportunities or membership options, please contact us at

(A portrayal of the parking garage)

(A look at the front of the buildings from Main Street)

(Conceptual view of the bar area)


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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