As Churchill Downs begins to transform parts of their facility to make way for The Mansion, there has been little fanfare or ceremony recognizing what history is in the process of being demolished, writes Jennie Rees in her blog for the Louisville Courier-Journal.
The historic Paddock Pavilion, which was the site of the original paddock at the track, was razed to make way for the new renovations. The paddock, which had been in use for around a century until 1986, was then renovated when the new 20-horse paddock was built.
Some of the material used on the original paddock had been brought over from the old Douglas Park racetrack. Some of that material is still located under the old pavilion.
Rees hopes that Churchill Downs management at least puts up a historical marker commemorating the old site.
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