Horse Racing Park Could Be Coming To Southern Kentucky

By: Danielle Morgan Email
By: Danielle Morgan Email

Kentucky is known for it's thoroughbred racing and now, a horse racing park could be on it's way to southeastern Kentucky.

The proposed location would be in Laurel County near London.

Sprint Racing Partners presented detailed plans to a committee appointed by the Kentucky Racing Authority during a public hearing in Lexington.

We asked people surrounding the proposed site, what they thought about a new race track.

The proposed site is on highway 80, in a growing industrial part of northern Laurel County.

If approved, the quarter-horse and standard breed race track would neighbor the London-Laurel County Optimist Club.

“It could help us here. We have a large parking lot that they might want to use sometime when we're not busy, plus it'll put more jobs in Laurel County,” Rick Ott said.

Sprint Racing Partners say the facilities will be like non-other in the state.

Along with the race track, they hope to build an entertainment center and upscale restaurant costing up to 20-million dollars.

Small businesses like Ott's General Store, less than one mile away, hope to benefit from the extra traffic.

Some residents wonder what all will come with the race track if casino gambling is approved under the new governor's administration.

Amanda smith says she'd like to hear more details, but already welcomes the idea of a new form of entertainment in Laurel County. “If nothing else it'd just be something new so you don't have to travel 30 miles to get to do something.”

General co-partner Johnny Jones says some Laurel County ministers expressed concerns of alcohol and gambling at the facilities.

Jones says although there have been conditional licenses issued in the past, the chairman of the committee postponed making a decision based on two factors.

He noted an ongoing appeal of a denied race track license in neighboring Whitley County and a background check on Sprint Racing.

Jones says the decision will likely be made by a new committee appointed under the Beshear administration.

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