Oak Grove Casino Hits Bump in the Road

By Richard Nelson


January 23, 2019

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Ever hear the saying "hold your horses?" Well, it looks like West Kentucky Development Corp. needs to reign theirs in. This is the group that was awarded a new racetrack license by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission and announced they're building a new $150 million racetrack, entertainment venue, restaurants and a hotel in the West Kentucky community of Oak Grove. All of it will center around 1200 slot machines they call "historical horse racing." But the project hit a bump in the road as Kentucky Downs, a racetrack 50 miles away in Franklin is suing. They contend the Horse Racing Commission didn't follow its own rules among other charges. It's enough to slow down the project—a project whose dollar signs have mesmerized way too many. Hold on to your horses because this casino expansion isn't a done deal.



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