Churchill Downs and Keeneland are breaking ground Tuesday on a $150 million dollar racetrack in Oak Grove in far west Kentucky. The facility will include a 125-room hotel, a 1,200-person grandstand, a 3,000-person amphitheater, a gaming center with 1,500 historical racing machines and an equestrian center with indoor and outdoor arenas.
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission awarded last December a license for the facility to host twelve Standardbred racing dates at the venue this October. Oak Grove has a population of around 7,000 and is adjacent to Fort Campbell. // The project is expected to create 400 full-time and part-time jobs and 800 temporary construction jobs.