Churchill Downs wins initial approval for gambling machines

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) – Churchill Downs has won initial approval to install slot machine-like devices at its off-track training facility to allow betting on previously-run horse races.

Track President Kevin Flanery told Kentucky horse racing regulators Tuesday that Churchill Downs plans to build a new facility at its Trackside Training Location to allow wagering on historical races. That location is a few miles from the home of the Kentucky Derby.

Flanery says Churchill hopes to begin construction on the $50 million to $60 million project this summer, with a timeline of opening the facility in summer 2018.

He said Churchill opted not to put the historical wagering facility at its famed track due to space limitations. Churchill will have to receive follow-up approval from the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission for its new venture.

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