Keeneland: New plan to open track, slots-like casino in Corbin

Keeneland, the Lexington racetrack and Thoroughbred auction company, and Churchill Downs, the home of the Kentucky Derby in Louisville, announced a plan Friday to open two new racetracks and gambling parlors.

One track will open in Corbin, just off Interstate 75 north of Tennessee, and another in Oak Grove, on Interstate 24 near Fort Campbell.

No details were immediately released about how the partnerships would work or whether they will share revenue equally.

However, a statement late Friday by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission from chairman Frank Kline and vice chairman John Roach said they have no plans to consider the requests anytime soon.

“Over the last several months, we have informed Kentucky’s race tracks that we would not consider any applications for new race track facilities in Kentucky. Despite that communication, Churchill and Keeneland have chosen to submit an application for new race track facilities,” the statement said. “At this time, neither of us have any plans to take any action related to this application or any other application for a new race track facility. It is our hope that in the future we will be able to develop a process and criteria to determine whether any new race track facilities are needed in the Commonwealth.”

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