By Carolyn Tribble Greer
– Digital editor, Louisville Business First
Churchill Downs Inc. took a big step forward with its planned gaming facility in Louisville by naming a leader for the operation.

The company hired Tim Bryant as president and general manager of Derby City Gaming, a $60 million historical-racing machine facility that the company will open this fall on Poplar Level Road.

Bryant will assume his new role on May 14, according to a news release. He rejoins Churchill Downs (Nasdaq: CHDN) after spending the last 15 months as chief operating officer of a Northern California casino. He previously was president and general manager of CDI’s Fair Grounds Race Course and Slots in New Orleans from May 2010 through January 2017.

Churchill Downs broke ground on Derby City Gaming in December, and earlier this week, Churchill Downs held a “topping-off” ceremony as the final beam was placed on the 85,000-square-foot facility.

Derby City Gaming will have historical-racing machines, a simulcast wagering area and a player’s club reward center. It also will have two quick-service, walk-food venues and a bar with seating for 50.