Live Racing Returns November 30!
Turfway Park Racing & Gaming will welcome back live horse racing fans in late November. In addition to a brand new gaming facility, Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI) has made significant invesments in the racing surface and the track’s backside.
CDI acquired Turfway Park in October 2019 and immediately commenced demolition of the existing grandstand following the close of the 2019-2020 race meet. In March 2020, Turfway’s Polytrack was replaced with a new $8.1 million Tapeta synthetic track, one of the world’s leading surfaces for racing and training. Furthermore, CDI is investing an additional $31 million dollars in the backside of Turfway Park to improve the dormitories for the track workers, add five new barns for horses, and install new stormwater collection systems to improve the environment around the facility.
Bill Carstanjen, CEO of Churchill Downs Incorporated stated, “This project will revitalize the Kentucky winter Thoroughbred racing circuit as well as fuel the health of the Commonwealth’s entire signature horse industry. There are many people who are a part of this community and a part of this state who are the unsung heroes in making this project happen.”
Turfway Park Racing & Gaming represents the next chapter in a brighter future for horseracing in Kentucky,” said Governor Beshear. “I want to thank the entire team at Churchill Downs Incorporated for bringing this project to this point. We’re just in the starting gate, but the race that this facility and this area is about to run is going to be long and it’s going to be successful.”
“The impact of this project on the Northern Kentucky economy cannot be understated. Additionally, the overall impact on Kentucky’s horse industry and, consequently, our entire economy is dramatic,” shared Kentucky Speaker of the House, David W. Osborne. “Turfway Park’s return to racing prominence secures and enhances Kentucky’s year-round racing circuit and will result in the return of horses and the investments of owners, breeders and trainers from around the country.”
Horsemen and wagering enthusiasts make the best of the race day with up to date weather and track conditions.