The first historical racing terminals arrived in Lexington this week for the gambling facility that Red Mile will operate in conjunction with Keeneland.
On Monday, 248 of the expected 900 terminals scheduled arrived to be installed in a new gambling parlor at the harness track. The parlor is part of a $40 million renovation that includes a 35,000-square-foot joint Thoroughbred and standardbred simulcast room that opened July 15. The track's Standardbred meet began July 26 and will continue through the first few weeks of October for the annual Grand Circuit.
The renovation will include new entrances to Red Mile, reconfigured parking lots and add 75,000 square feet to the grandstand.
"We are seeing solid crowds and our customers are enjoying the wide range of racetracks — for both breeds — and we had a terrific turnout this past Sunday for our first night of live racing this season," Red Mile chief financial officer Shannon Cobb said in a news release.
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The first-floor instant racing parlor is scheduled to open in early September, and will be used for the Breeders' Cup Bash on Oct. 30 and 31 for the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships across town at Keeneland.
The Red Mile is hiring about 200 for year-round positions in the new building, which is expected to see an average of about $2 million a day in wagering. Most of the money will go back to players in the form of winnings, but a significant portion will be used to beef up purses at both racetracks.