Harness racing is coming to Corbin this fall

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Published: May. 31, 2023 at 5:36 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 1, 2023 at 8:15 AM EDT
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CORBIN, Ky. (WYMT) - A new attraction will open in Southeastern Kentucky this fall.

Cumberland Run will open in Corbin for harness racing on October 15, similar to the type of racing at Red Mile in Lexington.

People are often drawn to the city thanks to Cumberland Falls and the birthplace of Kentucky Fried Chicken.

It has been just more than one year since ground was broken on the venue which will include the standardbred track, stables and a gaming hall.

“I think people are looking for the next big thing. Something different. This will provide them with a completely different experience,” said Maggy Monhollen, the Director of the Corbin Tourism and Convention Commission.

“There is real opportunity here,” said Corbin Mayor Suzie Razmus. “It’s beautiful here. It’s great for horses. It’s great for families. It is just a really nice community. We are expecting a whole new group of people to come in and to make themselves at home.”

The target date for the venue to open is October 15th. Racing will last 10 days in October, but wagering on historical horse racing on slot-like gaming machines, will be offered year-round.

The track is located just off the Cumberland Bypass and is managed by the same group as The Mint Gaming Hall.

This will be the third harness racing track in the state of Kentucky and the first horse racing track of any kind in our region.

Future plans call for a hotel and a lot more jobs.