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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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Ellis Park’s Growth Over Past 12 Years ‘Nothing Short Of Amazing’

The 30-date Thoroughbred meet at Kentucky’s Ellis Park runs July 1 through Labor Day, with racing Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, plus Wednesday July 4, Thursday July 5 and Monday Sept. 3. There is no racing Saturday, Sept. 1. “This is the 12th year I’ve been here since we bought the track from Churchill Downs right […]

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Ellis Park Adding Quartet Of Turf Stakes Funded By Kentucky Downs

Ellis Park and Kentucky Downs are teaming again to boost the Kentucky racing circuit and keep horses and jobs in the state during the summer, with Kentucky Downs funding four new $100,000 turf stakes at Ellis on Aug. 5. Ellis Park runs July 1 through Labor Day, Sept. 3, with racing Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays […]

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Ellis Park Reports 62 Percent Handle Increase On Opening Day

Total betting on Saturday’s opening card at Ellis Park was $1,789,882 — up 62 percent over the $1,106,508 wagered on last year’s first day of racing. That breaks down to $232,276  bet on Ellis at Ellis (up 14 percent over 2016) and $1,557,715 bet off track on Ellis’ nine-race card (up 72 percent percent over […]

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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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Asmussen, Lanerie Top Ellis Park Standings; Trackman Thompson Honored On Closing Day

New Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen, jockey Corey Lanerie and owner Chester Thomas’ Allied Racing came away as the 2016 Ellis Park meet champions. But stealing the show as far as size of the crowd for Monday’s closing-day trophy presentations was track superintendent Glenn Thompson, who was honored by the Kentucky division of the […]

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Track Owners Geary, Johnsen Can Now Race Own Horses At Ellis, Kentucky Downs

One byproduct of the Churchill Downs Racing Club is the fact that Ellis racetrack owner Ron Geary and Kentucky Downs’ co-owner Corey Johnsen can race their horses at their tracks. The past few years, thoroughbred racetrack owners in Kentucky could not run at their tracks, though that did not apply to stock-holders or board of […]

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Ellis Park Cancels Live Racing Monday Due To Heavy Rain

Ellis Park canceled its July 4 card Monday because of flooding on the track and the grandstand’s outdoor areas caused by deluges of rain overnight and in the morning. The track’s clubhouse remains open Monday for simulcasting from across the country, as well as its Instant Racing gaming. Ellis owner Ron Geary said the track […]

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Shots Fired! Ellis Park Hosts Independence Day Charity Handicapping Contest

It started out with a tweet announcing that Joe Kristufek will make daily selections for Ellis Park on “To play @EllisParkRacing without @JoeyDaKRacing picks is a handicap, not handicapping.” “Unless you’ve got my picks,” came the quick response from Megan Devine (@MissMeganDevine), new paddock analyst for the Ellis meet that runs July 2 through […]

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