Historical horse racing machines in downtown Louisville?

Churchill Downs wants to build a gambling facility in downtown Louisville.

The announcement came on a call Thursday morning with investors. Officials said they’re encouraged by the recent growth downtown and want to build on the tourists and visitors that are returning to the area.

The gambling facility would be similar to Derby City Gaming off Poplar Level Road.

Earlier this year, Churchill Downs scrapped plans for a seven-story hotel at the track, which would have included historical horse racing machines.

Developers said Derby City Gaming has…