Derby City Gaming | Calhoun Construction

Derby City Gaming

Louisville, Kentucky

Louisville Downs was a harness track that ran for about twenty five years.

Louisville Downs was the innovator of every promotional gimmick and multiple wagering format in Kentucky. When it closed in 1991 it was bought by Churchill Downs and was converted to a winter training facility for thoroughbreds.

Louisville Downs was the first track in Kentucky to provide phone wagering and full card simulcast wagering.

Calhoun Construction served as the Construction Manager/General Contractor for Derby City Gaming. This project consisted of an 85,000 sqft facility off Poplar Level Road to accommodate a new form of wagering for the historic racetrack. The facility houses two quick-service, walk-up food venues, and a bar with seating for 50 as well as big screen televisions. It also has 900 historical racing machines and a player’s club reward center that offers special perks and benefits, including an exclusive parking area.



  • Construction Manager
  • Self-Perform
  • New Construction
  • 85,000 sqft
  • Completed 2018

"Calhoun has been a great partner to Churchill Downs. From preconstruction through final project delivery, the entire team is engaged in making sure that our projects are completed on time and within budget. Calhoun does a great job of working around our busy events schedule and ensuring that our business is not interrupted any more than necessary as a result of the ongoing renovations. I would highly recommend that you consider Calhoun for your upcoming projects.";

Ryan Jordan, General Manager