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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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‘All The Substance You’d Want’: American Freedom’s First Foal Is A Filly

The first foal by Airdrie Stud and Gary and Mary West Stables’ stallion American Freedom, is a filly born on Jan. 12 at Hillyard Stables in Corydon, Ky. Bred by Ashley and Josh Hillyard, the filly is out of the maiden mare One Minute, a speedy black-type daughter of Run Away and Hide. Trained by […]

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‘It Keeps Us Tied To My Mom’: Hancock Excited For Bivian B’s Stakes Debut At Ellis

For trainer John Hancock, his 2-year-old filly Bivian B has done her job just being in the starting gate for Sunday’s $75,000 Ellis Park Debutante. Hitting the board or winning would be an unbelievable bonus. Mind you, Hancock believes the filly — co-owned by his wife, Donna, and Lexington’s Gatewood Bell and named after the […]

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‘This One Means A Lot’: Winning Filly Named For Owner/Trainer’s Mother

Bivian B was the favorite in Friday’s sixth race at Ellis Park, while Nana’s Girl was the longest shot on the board in the field of ten 2-year-old fillies. Bivian B was ridden by meet-leader Edgar Morales, while Nana’s Girl was ridden by Carlos Esquilin, who has one win but several seconds at huge odds […]

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Hard-Knock Apprentice Morales Off To A Fast Start At Ellis Park

Having begun his riding career only last October, apprentice jockey Edgar Morales is off to a fast start at Ellis Park, with three wins, a second and four thirds in 14 mounts so far this young meet. The three wins tie Morales for the lead heading into Friday’s card with Jack Gilligan, another young jockey […]

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Horses, Humans ‘Shook Up’ After Trailer Wreck En Route To Ellis Park

Three horses trained by Dale Romans were scratched from Ellis’ opening card after being involved in a wreck on Interstate 64 near Dale, Ind., while in transit from Churchill Downs early Saturday morning. Romans said the truck and trailer transporting the horses were totaled and it’s blessing that no person or horse was seriously harmed. […]

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Amberspatriot Gives Freshman Sire Awesome Patriot First Winner

Spendthrift Farm freshman sire Awesome Patriot, a stakes-winning son of Awesome Again and full brother to Preakness winner Oxbow, sired his first winner on Wednesday when 2-year-old filly Amberspatriot impressively won at first asking in a $60,000 maiden special weight race at Keeneland. Bet down to 2-1 for her debut, the bay filly rallied professionally to […]

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Wagering At Ellis Park Up Over Nine Percent Despite Rainy Summer

An Ellis Park meet that had high expectations more than lived up to the hopes of what enhanced purses would do for the racing quality, and subsequently for betting and fan appeal. “From my standpoint, the racing was the best since I’ve been here — by far,” said racing secretary Dan Bork, completing his 10th […]

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Osorio Wins Four On Opening Day At Ellis Park

Didiel Osorio, last year’s Ellis Park riding champion, captured the first race of the meet aboard the John Hancock-trained Elona ($13.60 to win) and the last on the Wayne Catalano-trained Optical ($4.20) to finish the day with four victories. He also won the fifth race on Siempre Mia ($14) for trainer Tom Amoss and the […]

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