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Ellis Park ‘Thrilled’ To Be Hosting 50-Point Kentucky Derby Prep Race

Ellis Park Racing & Gaming is thrilled to announce that for the first time in its 98-year history, Ellis Park will now host a Kentucky Derby qualifying race. Churchill Downs, Inc. released a new list of prep races for its “Road to the Kentucky Derby Presented By Woodford Reserve” yesterday and the Ellis Park Derby […]

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Kirkpatrick & Co. Presents In Their Care: ‘Best Trackman In The Country’ Still Seeks Perfection At 83

Glenn Thompson never cared much for formal education and said he quit school in the sixth grade. When it comes to life experience, the masterful job he has done caring for Ellis Park’s racetrack for the last 69 years merits an honorary degree from any of the nation’s finest universities. Veteran trainer Larry Jones, three-time […]

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‘A Massive Future’: Ellis Park Meet’s Bottom Line Showcases Potential

The end of Ellis Park’s 2019 highly successful race meet — which saw wagering increase 21 percent over 2018 and purses paid to horsemen go up 30 percent — conjures bigger visions for 2020. Ken Mimmack, manager of new owner Ellis Entertainment LLC, was mesmerized by the huge crowd that turned out Sunday for Kids Day. “While Ellis […]

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Country Music Star Toby Keith Enjoys A Visit To Ellis Park

Country music icon Toby Keith stopped by Ellis Park to watch one of his horses run before performing Saturday night at Evansville’s Ford Center. Shell Fire, who runs in the name of Keith’s Dream Walkin Farms, finished third in the second race, with Keith saying afterward, “We ran third but we’ll run first at the […]

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Sunday’s Kentucky Downs Preview Day ‘Best Card In The History Of Ellis Park’

A total of 52 horses were entered Thursday for the five $100,000 turf stakes that make up Sunday’s Kentucky Downs Preview Day at Ellis Park in Henderson, Ky. An all-turf stakes Pick 5, which is a 50-cent wager, will be held on races 6 through 10. “I don’t think I’m overstating it to say this […]

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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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Ellis Park Announces Record Purse Structure, Stakes Schedule

Ellis Park will offer the highest purses in the Henderson, Ky., track’s 97-year history at its 2019 summer race meet, including a record nine stakes that could be worth at least $100,000 each. Purse money and supplements for Kentucky-bred horses are projected to average $330,000 a day at the 29-date meet that runs June 30 […]

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KHRC Approves Sale Of Ellis Park To Saratoga Casino & Hospitality Group

At a regularly-scheduled meeting on Tuesday, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission unanimously approved transferring Ellis Park’s license to the Saratoga Casino & Hospitality Group. According to The Blood-Horse’s Eric Mitchell, the SCHG is seeking to buy 100 percent of the Henderson, Ky. track, and a deal is expected to be completed in the next few days. […]

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