December 2, 2022

BOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) – The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission voted unanimously Monday to approve new partners in the racetrack and equestrian heart established to be designed in eastern Kentucky.

The Japanese Band of Cherokee Indians will serve as a monetary husband or wife to Revolutionary Racing Kentucky, while Keeneland Association will also be a partner.

Commissioners also gave the green mild to the group’s very first week of quarter horse races, established for April 1-6, 2023.

Groundbreaking ceremony held for new horse racing facility in Ashland

The races will just take location at The Purple Mile in Lexington, while the new Boyd County keep track of is below development.

“We recognize the aid the KHRC has revealed for this project all over this process,” explained Larry Lucas, Chairman of Revolutionary Racing Kentucky. “We are energized to welcome our new associates and even a lot more fired up about the constructive effects we can make in japanese Kentucky.”

Innovative Racing Kentucky will spend $55 million to build the quarter horse track, equestrian heart and entertainment intricate in Ashland, Kentucky.

In addition to hundreds of union construction work, it is anticipated to develop extra than 200 entire-time positions. Functioning yr-round with shows and competitions, it is projected to generate just about $1 million in new once-a-year tax revenues.

Serving as Kentucky’s only observe committed to quarter horses, it will function a 660-property sprint monitor and day-to-day purses of up to $500,000, positioning it amid the nation’s foremost quarter horse tracks.

Plans connect with for the observe to host its 1st race in 2024.

The Japanese Band of Cherokee Indians will make their investment decision by EBCI Holdings, a industrial gaming entity established in December 2020 to diversify the North Carolina-based tribe’s economic interests. Among the the group’s holdings are casinos, as perfectly as a gaming know-how incubator.

“We couldn’t have discovered a improved group to associate with or a greater task to support,” stated Richard Sneed, Principal Chief of the Jap Band of Cherokee Indians. “We have a extensive-expression commitment to local community reinvestment and giving very best-in-course leisure offerings to underserved marketplaces. This earth-course venture aligns perfectly with that dedication.”

Considering that 2014, Keeneland has also partnered with The Pink Mile on their historic horse racing facility in Lexington.

“Keeneland is thrilled to companion with Groundbreaking Racing Kentucky on this initiative, which continues our mission to improve the state’s critical horse marketplace,” Keeneland President and CEO Shannon Arvin said. “Additionally, this job will positively effect the community group and promote financial development in the area.”

Innovative Racing Kentucky was awarded the commonwealth’s ninth and remaining horse racing license in July. Monday’s acceptance marks the initially time in heritage that all 9 license holders have been awarded race dates. The group’s original races at The Purple Mile – which are supported by the American Quarter Horse Association – marks the return of quarter horse racing there for the first time in much more than a 10 years.

Final 7 days, Gov. Andy Beshear joined dozens of state and regional leaders in a groundbreaking ceremony for the keep track of, which he stated “will assistance make the long run of horse racing in Kentucky, and it will produce excellent jobs for our people in Ashland, incorporating even more economic momentum to what the commonwealth is looking at as a complete.”

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Construction of new horse racing facility in Boyd Co. envisioned to begin later this 12 months

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Innovative Racing is awarded new racetrack license by Kentucky Horse Racing Fee Tuesday afternoon.(Groundbreaking Racing Kentucky)