Edited press release
After Alpena Magic scratched from Wednesday's entries at Ellis Park, track president Ron Geary announced he had privately purchased the 17-year-old from his owner, Kenneth Robinette.
“It’s time for a new career for Alpena Magic,” said Geary, who purchased the western Kentucky racetrack last year. “This horse enjoys being around people and the racetrack. His new role will allow him to be our 'equine ambassador' for our new 'Early at Ellis' and backside tour programs."
Retired from racing with more than $200,000 in earnings, Alabama-bred Alpena Magic was trained by Bill Hicks. Alpena Magic originally was retired at age 15, but retirement didn’t suit him, and he became so depressed that those around him didn’t think he would survive. Hicks brought Alpena Magic back to the races and back to a healthy mentality.
Geary was excited to add a new member to his team at Ellis. “I applaud the owner and trainer of this horse for allowing us to give him a new life here at Ellis Park,” he said.
Alpena Magic will begin his new career this Saturday as a featured guest at the track’s family-focused Early at Ellis program.