|A rendering of the new Newport Racing and Gaming venue, which is under construction at the Newport Shopping Center. It is set to open on Friday, October 2.|
By Robin Gee
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The $38.4 million project in the Newport Shopping Center is part of the overall development and renovation project underway for Turfway Park, and is considered an extension of its gaming license.
Newport Racing & Gaming includes more than 46,000 square feet that includes a 17,000-square-foot gaming floor with 500 historical horse racing machines.
"We are thrilled that guests will be able to enjoy this premier entertainment experience and that the Kentucky horse racing industry will benefit from the incremental purses generated through Newport Racing & Gaming," Chip Bach, general manager of Turfway Park, said in a recent announcement for the opening.
"We are incredibly grateful to Governor Beshear and the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission for their support of our efforts to attract the best horses, spur interest in pari-mutuel wagering throughout the Commonwealth and increase the value of horses as they transition into breeding," he added.