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Churchill Downs And Keeneland To Break Ground On Oak Grove Racing Facility

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Initial rendering of the Oak Grove facility

Churchill Downs and Keeneland are breaking ground on Tuesday on a $150 million racetrack and entertainment venue in Oak Grove. 

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 12 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.

The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. and will include the unveiling of the facility's name and branding.

Matt Markgraf joined the WKMS team as a student in January 2007. He's served in a variety of roles over the years: as News Director March 2016-September 2019 and previously as the New Media & Promotions Coordinator beginning in 2011. Prior to that, he was a graduate and undergraduate assistant. He is currently the host of the international music show Imported on Sunday nights at 10 p.m.
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