Kentucky Downs Wants to Expand Franklin Facility, Build New One Near Ft. Campbell

Oct 9, 2018

Kentucky Downs in Franklin, Ky., is hoping to expand its operations.
Credit Kentucky Downs

The owners of a southern Kentucky horse racing track want to expand their Simpson County facility and build a new one near Fort Campbell.

Kentucky Downs says it wants to double the size of its main building in Franklin that houses the track’s historical horse racing and simulcasting operations, and build a new indoor equestrian complex. The plans also include new RV and trailer parking for racing participants and spectators.

The Simpson County track has also filed an application with the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission to build a new track near the Fort Campbell Army base and Clarksville, Tennessee. A statement from Kentucky Downs says the owners want to call the new track Oak Grove Meadows, and build it on 80 acres of land near Interstate-24 and U.S. 41-A.

The track says it plans to invest $45 million in the Oak Grove Meadows project. If approved, the new track would host races on 15 days from October 11 to November 10, 2019.