Earlier this summer Keeneland approved a plan to move it’s simulcasting to The Red Mile track in Lexington. For those of our readers who are unfamiliar with simulcasting, it is just having the ability to bet on live horse races that are run at tracks in different cities. This $30 million project will offer guests the ability to bet on “instant racing” (horse races being run that day) as well as embodying a casino-like experience at the track. The existing harness racing track of The Red Mile will continue to operate and builders will use the casino to separate the simulcasting and original Red Mile track. As explained by Jim Goodman, director of simulcasting at Keeneland, they filter about $50 million a year in simulcast betting so this is a big move for them.
This large project, with it’s even larger price tag, will give The Red Mile the much needed facelift that it has been looking for. The casino is scheduled to open this month, just in time for the crowds attending the fall meet at Keeneland! We look forward to updating our Kentucky Stud followers with pictures of the renovated Red Mile when we get a chance to visit on opening weekend!