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‘I Buy Good Horses Cheap’: $1,000 Yearling Scores Allowance Win At Ellis

Inga Demeritte’s 2-year-old filly Lady Glamour now is 2 for 3 — with a third place sandwiched in between in Churchill Downs’ $125,000 Debutante Stakes — after taking Ellis Park’s $51,000 allowance race Friday by 7 1/4 lengths over odds-on favorite Josie. Not bad for a horse that trainer Larry Demeritte, the owner’s husband, paid […]

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Seven Trumpets Fends Off Challengers For Good Lord Stakes Win

Two years and five days ago, West Point Thoroughbreds’ 2-year-old Seven Trumpets made his racing debut at Ellis Park, finishing fifth of seven horses while losing by 20 1/4 lengths. More than $400,000 in purse earnings later, Seven Trumpets returned Sunday to Ellis Park for the first time since that debacle of a debut. This […]

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Ellis Park Announces Monday Make-Up Card After Heat Cancellations

After canceling live racing for both Friday and Saturday because of the forecast for extreme heat, Ellis Park announced that it will conduct a special Monday card on July 29 to make up some of the canceled races. Ellis officials are optimistic that racing can be held Sunday, when the temperature is supposed to cool […]

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New Ellis Park Owners Describe Plans For ‘Really Phenomenal Facility’

Ellis Park’s new ownership group described at a news conference Friday its plans and vision to transform the 97-year-old track into a year-round entertainment and gaming destination while also pledging to work to further enhance horse racing. In that regard, an expanded turf course that will allow more grass racing and the addition of racetrack […]

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Mena Scores Hat Trick On Opening Day At Ellis

Miguel Mena won three races on the opening day card at Ellis Park, capped by Dixiana Farm’s 4-year-old filly Brie’s Lucky Charm taking the nightcap, a $50,000 maiden special race on turf. Mena, who missed last year’s meet while recovering from heel and ankle fractures resulting from a spill in mid-March at the Fair Grounds, […]

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Ellis Park’s New Owner ‘Committed To Improving The Facility’

Ellis Park’s live race meet begins Sunday, but there were plenty of people at the track Saturday with staff, contractors, vendors and temporary employees hard at work painting, cleaning, pressure-washing, mowing, weed-eating and setting out flowers for the opener. “LDC and Saratoga are committed to improving the facility, and this is just the start,” said […]

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Hancock Brothers Could Sweep Closing Day Juvenile Stakes At Churchill

Saturday’s closing-day stakes at Churchill Downs could be preps for Ellis Park’s 2-year-old stakes in August. When one of the Hancock brothers, trainers John and Jack, has a young horse running in June, you know Ellis Park is likely in the plans as a subsequent start. The Hancocks are third-generation horsemen who make their family’s […]

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Updated: New Mexico-Based Company Announces Purchase Of Ellis Park

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission unanimously approved the sale and expansion of Ellis Park at a meeting held Tuesday. The track, purchased last year by Saratoga Casino and Hospitality Group, also received permission to expand the number of historical horse racing terminals at the facility from 300 to 1,200. The facility will be purchased by […]

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Hog Creek Hustle Really ‘Something Special’ For Trainer Foley, Owners

Something Special Racing’s Hog Creek Hustle became the third Grade 1 winner to have raced at Ellis Park as a 2-year-old last year when the 18-1 shot captured Saturday’s $400,000 Woody Stephens Stakes by a neck over Nitrous at New York’s Belmont Park. It was the first Grade 1 victory for trainer Vickie Foley, who […]

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