Saratoga Casino and Raceway have announced a new partner in their venture to bring a new casino to East Greenbush. Churchill Downs will join Saratoga C&R in a bid to gain a license to build a casino.

The casino would feature 300 hotel rooms, 'high-end' retail shops, and restaurants along with Vegas-style gambling. The partners say this could bring upwards of 1,700 jobs to the area.

The proposed casino is one of 22 vying for the license from the state's gaming commission. The official decision should be made and announced by the fall of this year.