WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. (FOX 56/WKYT) – State leaders broke ground Tuesday afternoon on a new horse-racing facility in Whitley County.
Keeneland and Kentucky Downs partnered for the project.
The new site, which will be called Cumberland Mint Gaming Hall will be on Penny Lane off exit 11 on I-75.
Drawings show the Cumberland Mint Gaming Hall will be a combination of a sports bar and gaming center. The gaming machines look like slots, but we’re told there’s a difference—here people will bet on historic horse races.
“We are hoping by this time next year we are walking in and cutting a ribbon,” said Ron Winchell with Kentucky Downs.
Within the next few months, a partner site will be announced just up I-75 in Corbin, where a track will be built for live racing along with another HHR facility. That is expected to be finished by late 2023.
Williamsburg’s mayor said he’s hopeful the facility could open by the summer of next year and could coincide with a major expansion of the local water park.