Caesars Entertainment, Inc. on Tuesday announced agreements with Keeneland and Red Mile Gaming & Racing in Lexington granting them operator market access to offer legalized mobile sports wagering in Kentucky. The announcement comes six weeks after Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear signed Bill 551 legalizing sports wagering in the state into law on Mar. 31.
Caesars also announced plans to open Central Kentucky's only brick-and-mortar retail sportsbook locations, subject to regulatory approvals from the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.
“Keeneland and Red Mile are iconic horse racing venues with an important legacy in the state of Kentucky,” Eric Hession, President of Caesars Digital, said. “Customers in the region have long enjoyed our world-class Caesars destinations and, most recently, our horse racing wagering app, Caesars Racebook. Working with these historic institutions provides an unmatched opportunity to reach sports and racing fans in the state, and we look forward to working with the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission as we prepare to launch later this year.”
Keeneland President and CEO Shannon Arvin said, “Keeneland's venture with Caesars Sportsbook holds exciting potential and furthers our mission to introduce new audiences to horse racing. Caesars is a globally respected brand, and we value their commitment to racing and their expertise in sports wagering.”
Red Mile Chief Operating Officer Shannon Cobb commented, “At Red Mile Gaming & Racing we are excited to continue introducing this historic harness track to new audiences. Opportunities with sports wagering on site, added to live racing, simulcasting, and HHR Games accomplish goals we have worked toward for several years. Our relationships with Keeneland and Caesars in this venture could not be more valued.”
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