Turfway Park announces $25M refurbishment project

Turfway Park announces $25M refurbishment project

March 12, 2018 9:17 AM
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Venerable Turfway Park in Florence, Ky. has announced a proposed $25 million refurbishment for its nearly 60-year-old grandstand. Track officials say the re-imaged facility will feature slot machine-like historical racing terminals and extended operations once the makeover is complete.

The racetrack has allocated $500,000 for architectural drawings and engineering plans to renovate the five-story, fully enclosed grandstand, according to General Manager Chip Bach. Racetrack officials will review the plans before establishing a timetable for construction, but Bach said a facilities upgrade at the racetrack is long overdue.

"The facility is showing its age, and we want to make a better presentation from the outside,'' he said. "But there are a lot of Gremlins here, so we want to make sure we’ve identified everything we need to do with regard to the facility before we can get a start date for construction.''

Historical racing games are horse-race betting machines similar to slot machines that allow players to place bets on replays of horse races that have already been run. The date and place of the pre-recorded races and the names of horses and jockeys remain secret until after the bet is placed.

Churchill Downs in Louisville and Keeneland racetrack in Lexington, in addition to Kentucky Downs in the southern portion of the state, currently have historical racing games.

Bach said, "Revenue from historical horse racing will support our (thoroughbred) racing product...and also allow us to be open seven days a week versus five.''