OAK GROVE, Ky. (AP) – A new harness racing facility near the Kentucky-Tennessee border is hosting its inaugural meet.
The Leaf Chronicle reports there is still a lot of work to be done at the Oak Grove Racing & Gaming, but the racetrack, paddock and horse stabling barns are complete.
That was enough to get the racing started on Oct. 18 at the venue that is a joint project of Churchill Downs and Keeneland Association.
A joint statement said opening weekend was a great success with nearly 1,000 fans attending and a field of 172 horses over 24 races. Oak Grove paid out $142,000 in prize purses.
The meet runs through Nov. 12. Then Oak Grove will close for further construction. The $150 million facility should be fully built out by the summer of 2020.
Information from: The Leaf-Chronicle, http://www.theleafchronicle.com
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