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Keeneland, Churchill Downs building two new racetracks in Kentucky

Soon, the state of Kentucky will have two new racetracks. Churchill Downs and Keeneland just announced plans to open two new racetracks/gambling parlors, one in Corbin off I-75 and the other in Oak Grove, off I-24 near Fort Campbell.

The venues will feature live horse racing as well as “historical racing machines,” which are similar to slot machines. According to the initial renderings, the Corbin facility will be called “Cumberland Run” (pictured above), while the Oak Grove facility will be named “Twenty-Four”:

Churchill Downs and Keeneland are teaming up on the venture, which they hope will bring plenty of new jobs and revenue to the Corbin and Oak Grove communities.

“Horse racing is a $4 billion industry in the Commonwealth that creates thousands of jobs, strengthens our statewide economy and attracts millions of visitors from around the globe,” Churchill Downs Inc. Chief Executive Officer Bill Carstanjen said in a release. “Churchill Downs and Keeneland share a deep commitment to making Kentucky’s horse racing industry the very best version of itself, and the new racing facilities in Corbin and Oak Grove will help us achieve this by generating much needed funds to increase purses and breeders’ incentives.”

More details in the video below:

[Keeneland.com]

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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9 Comments for Keeneland, Churchill Downs building two new racetracks in Kentucky



  1. fairplay
    10:10 am September 15, 2017 Permalink

    ” similar to slot machines” I don’t care about gambling but these machines walk like a slot machine, quack like a slot machine and smell like a slot machine ““ they are slot machines. If slot machines are legal, go for it but they are slot machines.



  2. DrSayre
    10:15 am September 15, 2017 Permalink

    As long as the state will not allow Online Poker I am all for this! Online poker is from the devil and we cannot allow our citizens from playing it… instead we want our citizens playing legitimate gambling games like Powerball and faux Slot machines!



    • Mathlete
      11:06 am September 15, 2017 Permalink

      Don’t forget Bingo, horse racing (including off-track betting), and fantasy sports! Those are legitimate, but those evil card games and roulette are obviously just pits of despair and debauchery.



  3. Duff86
    10:33 am September 15, 2017 Permalink

    So are KY horse farms going to over-breed again in order to have enough horses to race? This is a bad idea. Just build the slot machines.



  4. Loserville Hater
    10:47 am September 15, 2017 Permalink

    This is not “economic growth.” Keeneland and Churchill Downs are just going to suck more life out of these communities to enrich themselves. Economic growth is when you bring new money into a community, not remove it. And who thinks these are being built because of the demand to race quarter horses and harness racers? Tell Keeneland and CD that they can’t have the machines and see how fast these facilities are built. Don’t piss on my leg and tell me it is raining. I call bull$#!^.



    • Mathlete
      11:02 am September 15, 2017 Permalink

      So they’re not bringing new money into the community? No humans will build or work at these new facilities? And only people who live in the towns where they’re located will be allowed to spend any money there? And people who live in those towns are only allowed to spend money at the new tracks and nowhere else in town? Why didn’t they just dig a hole in the ground where you could walk by and drop a few dollars in just to watch it fall?

      If you don’t like gambling or race tracks for whatever reason, good for you. Don’t go. But don’t act like places like this are economic black holes when they’re demonstrably not.



    • BK
      11:12 am September 15, 2017 Permalink

      Good observation, I agree-reminds me of a trip I took to Detroit a little while after the collapse of 2008, downtown is largely abandoned, thousands of boarded up homes, and right on the periphery of the downtown the thriving MGM Grand Resort, packed full, people mindlessly gambling away their money-bread and circuses, the contemporary equivalent of the Roman Colosseum and the Circus Maximus. There is nothing new here. When I visited the Colosseum in Rome, I remember the tour guide remarking that this was the 1st century Roman equivalent of “media/social media,” the way the ruling elites shaped the trends of public opinion and controlled the discourse-very little has changed!



  5. DelrayCat
    11:13 am September 15, 2017 Permalink

    As a horseracing fan, its a great idea!
    But from a business standpoint, no way in hell the live racing will ever become profitable. These ventures will fail. But nice, stand-alone betting parlors with a restaurant & bar/nightclub has a shot at success in these communities.



  6. Bluegrass79
    12:28 pm September 15, 2017 Permalink

    They are bringing slot machines to southeast Kentucky? Have they lost their damn minds? So in the last few years the area has become Wet and now gambling too? omg this will be a nightmare…