New Turfway Park Will Open on This Date with Racing and Gaming to Northern Kentucky

Kentucky horse racing hype is at its peak around Kentucky Derby time, but many people in northern Kentucky have been wondering when they will play games and watch races at the region’s newest state-of-the-art facility.

Turfway Park is a track full of history and also looks to be the future of racing in the northern part of the state.

The park’s new facility has come a long way since a ceremony in September 2021, when the last steel beam was lifted to the top of what was then just a skeleton structure. Now there are walls, a roof and a sharper view of what the facility will look like when it opens to guests Sept. 1, 2022.

While it wasn’t quite ready for the Kentucky Derby, the finish line is now just around the corner, to the delight of racing and gaming fans like Robin Bradford.

“I can’t wait for it to open. It looks nice. I’m ready for it to open. I think a lot of people are,” Bradford said.

Bradford makes the occasional trip over to Newport Racing and Gaming, the other Churchill Downs-owned gaming facility in the region. She said while northern Kentucky is not quite the epicenter for racing and gaming in the state; it has a healthy appetite for everything Turfway Park will offer.

“Louisville is obviously number one to everybody. But up here, you’d be surprised. Up here is a good place,” Bradford said. “I do it every year. Once a year, I bet on at least one horse.”

For a long time, people have been questioning the future of Turfway Park, which opened in 1959 as the Latonia Race Course in Florence. That even included General Manager Chip Bach….

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Rich Nilsen is a 19-time qualifier to the National Horseplayers Championship (NHC), an event he has cashed in four times. He was the first player to finish in the top 10 of the NHC twice. A former executive with and a member of the NHC Players’ Committee, Rich is a graduate of the University of Louisville Equine Business Program and is founder of, a site devoted to horse racing education and promotion.

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