The track in Corbin would offer Quarterhorse racing, as Keeneland previously has planned, according to Vince Gabbert, vice president and chief operating officer.
To share the news about the new tracks, the two companies released a video featuring Churchill CEO Bill Carstanjen, Keeneland president and CEO Bill Thomason, Kentucky Thoroughbred Association Executive Director Chauncey Morris, and Kentucky Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association executive director Marty Maline praising the plans.
“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,” Carstanjen said in the video.
Churchill Downs and Keeneland are working with the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet and other state and local officials on incentives and necessary infrastructure improvements for both sites, according to the companies.
Bruce Carpenter, economic development director for Corbin, told the Herald-Leader that local leaders think the track there would provide a significant boost to the economy.
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