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Ask Me About | Michael Taylor

President, Turfway Park Racing & Gaming

by Elizabeth Miller Wood

ASK ME ABOUT: Making live horseracing relevant for a new generation through a $148-million renovation.

HOW WILL THE NEW TURFWAY PARK EXPERIENCE BE IMPROVED? Turfway Park has such a rich legacy in Kentucky, and our goal has always been to restore it to its former glory. In addition to the exceptional live racing that fans have come to expect, Turfway will be anchored by Northern Kentucky’s largest historical racing machine facility, making it a state-of-the-art entertainment destination year-round.

WHAT’S BEEN ADDED TO ATTRACT A NEW GENERATION OF RACING FANS? We replaced Turfway’s previous Polytrack with a new $5.6-million Tapeta synthetic track. The final phase includes a new event center, a gaming entertainment floor with 850 historical racing (slot) machines, a modern clubhouse, a simulcast wagering area with VIP player amenities, several food and beverage venues, and an upscale sports bar.

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO UPHOLD THE TRADITION OF HORSERACING AT TURFWAY? This project will revitalize the Kentucky winter thoroughbred racing circuit while improving the health of the state’s entire signature horse industry. The result will be a first-class racing product fueled by increased purses that keep high-quality horses in Kentucky year round while appealing to horse-players nationwide. This kind of investment protects thousands of jobs throughout the state and creates significant tourism impact.