Derby City Gaming Opens New Hotel, Restaurant and Expanded Gaming Floor

LOUISVILLE, KY., (June 14, 2023) – Derby City Gaming & Hotel (“Derby City Gaming”) held a grand opening event celebrating the completion of its 123-room hotel, chophouse, bourbon bar and sports bar. KY Senate President, Robert Stivers and Mayor Craig Greenberg joined Senior Churchill Downs Incorporated (“CDI”) and Derby City Gaming leadership for a ribbon cutting ceremony and VIP Event on Thursday, June 8 with reservations opening to the public on June 12. Establishing itself as a leader in the entertainment industry, Derby City Gaming is now able to provide guests with luxurious overnight hotel accommodations, an upscale culinary experience and a state-of-the-art sports bar to facilitate sports wagering.

The celebrations also included the announcement of a new General Manager, Bridget Harmon. Prior to joining the Derby City Gaming team, Harmon worked at CDI’s Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots in New Orleans, Louisiana, as Sr. Director of Finance. Harmon was an integral part of standing up CDI’s Historical Racing Machine (“HRM”) business within Louisiana after it’s legalization in 2021.

Former Derby City Gaming General Manager, Garth Williams, was promoted to General Manager of Derby City Gaming Downtown, expected to open this fall. Williams will immediately begin shifting focus to the downtown project and building out the team who will operate the facility. The downtown property will feature 500 HRM’s, three unique bar concepts and gift shop.

“Both Garth and Bridget are uniquely qualified to take on these roles for these equally important assets of our company,” said Tim Bryant, Vice President of Gaming Operations for CDI. “Both have led their respective properties to record levels of performance and created lasting improvements that will provide worthwhile guest experiences. We are excited to see what the future holds for both Derby City Gaming Downtown and Derby City Gaming & Hotel under their management.”

The Derby City Gaming team commemorated the special occasion by donating $10,000 to Second Stride – a leading national equine adoption program located in Oldham County, Kentucky. Second Stride’s mission is to rehabilitate and retrain thoroughbreds after their racing careers. “On this day where we celebrate the exciting growth of Derby City Gaming, we wanted to also commemorate the horseracing industry that we exist to support and, as part of that, the amazing animals who are the heart of it all.” said Bridget Harmon, General Manager of Derby City Gaming.

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