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Kentucky Downs’ new 30,000-square-foot historical horse racing gaming hall opens following a ceremonial ribbon cutting last week. SUBMITTED

FRANKLIN, Ky.—Kentucky Downs’ new 30,000-square-foot historical horse racing gaming hall opened following a ceremonial ribbon cutting last week.

The Mint Gaming Hall at Kentucky Downs added more than 600 all-new historical horse racing terminals and other amenities, including a new multimedia center bar with an adjacent entertainment stage and a new high-limit betting area. Guests can also join the new Mint Rewards loyalty program that offers players more benefits, bonuses and recognition, including complimentary food and beverage and tickets to partner events.

“We cannot wait for guests to see and experience the Mint for themselves, and we continue to stay diligent in our health and safety protocols for visitors and staff,” said Ted Nicholson, Kentucky Downs’ senior vice president and general manager. “We are proud to continue to be an economic engine for the Franklin-Simpson area and beyond as both an attraction and an employer.”

The addition of the Mint Gaming Hall is the first of a multi-phase expansion and growth plan that began last year under Kentucky Downs’ new ownership. Kentucky Downs was sold in March 2019 to a new partnership headed by prominent horseman and entrepreneur Ron Winchell and well-known gaming and investment-banking executive Marc Falcone. Upon completion of the entire project in early 2021, Kentucky Downs will offer a total of about 1,100 HHR games in the 110,000-square-foot facility that will include several new restaurant and dining options and other additional amenities.

The multi-phase expansion added more than 75 new jobs with positions in food and beverage, housekeeping, security, gaming technology and marketing. In 2019, Kentucky Downs provided more than $20 million in state and local taxes, wages and benefits and charitable contributions to local Kentucky and Tennessee communities.

Kentucky Downs currently conducts its live turf-racing meet in September on the only “European-style” racecourse in America and is currently home to historical horse racing machines, charity bingo and year-round simulcasting events.

Kentucky Downs is a year-round entertainment destination that offers historical horse racing gaming action, simulcast and live racing, dining, drinks and more. Kentucky Downs’ September live horse racing meet pays out the highest average-daily purses in North America. The introduction and growth of HHR gaming allowed Kentucky Downs to be one of the highest generators of purse money for Kentucky. Learn more at themintgaming.com.

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