Churchill Downs announces improvements for storied track

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Kentucky Derby entrant Soup And Sandwich is led on the track at Churchill Downs Thursday, April 29, 2021, in Louisville, Ky. The 147th running of the Kentucky Derby is scheduled for Saturday, May 1. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Churchill Downs has announced three capital improvement projects over the next three years, including two totaling $135 million, for the home of the Kentucky Derby.

The Homestretch Club will undergo a $45 million renovation and upgrade and is scheduled for completion by the 148th Derby next May.

The $90 million Turn 1 Experience project at the famed track will feature 7,100 all-inclusive seats and is set for completion by the 2023 Derby.

A redesign of Churchill Downs’ Paddock and Plaza areas and aims to reduce congestion and is expected to be finished by the 150th Derby in 2024.

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