- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 5, 2016

FRANKLIN, Ky. (AP) - Officials say dramatic changes are expected at Kentucky Downs as the racetrack undergoes renovations.

Ted Nicholson, Kentucky Downs senior vice president and general manager, told the Daily News (http://bit.ly/29frpan) that some changes including knocking down walls in the building to make it a more open environment and enclosing the back of the building that faces the track in glass.

In addition to live racing in the fall, the track in Franklin offers pari-mutuel betting, bingo and instant racing machines.

Dan Ware, director of the Simpson County Tourism Commission, said Kentucky Downs is among the biggest tourism draws in the area.

Nicholson said the estimated $4 million renovation project began in June and officials hope to complete it before live racing starts in September.

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Information from: Daily News, http://www.bgdailynews.com

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