Churchill Downs project includes hotel, gaming, new seats

The home of the Kentucky Derby plans to begin work next month on a $300 million project that will include a hotel, historical racing machines, new stadium seating and a Millionaires Row renovation.

Churchill Downs announced the tentative plans Wednesday in a statement saying it would also create 300 new jobs. The track said it is awaiting state approval.

The project would include a 156-room hotel in the first turn that would offer trackside suites and a gambling floor. The plans would also add about 5,500 new seats at the track.

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