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Changes, New Stakes Day Highlight 2005 Ellis Park Schedule

A few new changes will highlight the 2005 Ellis Park meeting, which begins July 13 and concludes with a special Labor Day program Sept. 5. The track will feature ten events with $850,000 in total purses and add a special day of racing with four stakes races highlighted by the 24th running of the track's signature event, the $150,000-added Gardenia Handicap (gr. III).

Churchill Downs Inc. Makes Financial Adjustments

Churchill Downs Inc. has revised its financial statements to reflect reductions in pre-tax earnings for 2002 and 2003 of $2.2 million and $1 million, respectively, because of purse overpayments. The company also noted impairment charges of $6.2 million at Ellis Park because of "poor" live meet results this summer.

Kentucky Authority to Investigate Mix Up at Ellis

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The Office of the Inspector General has been called in to investigate a mix-up in a maiden race at Ellis Park, said Kentucky Racing Authority chairman Bill Street. The Kentucky Racing Authority met Aug. 16 at the Kentucky Horse Park.

Mix Up In Maiden Race at Ellis Park

There was a case of mistaken identity at Ellis Park on Aug. 11 when maiden Boggy Creek ran in place of maiden Parker Valley in a 5 1/2-furlong maiden turf race. Boggy Creek finished fifth.

Bare Necessities Looks to Repeat in Gardenia

Iron County Farms' Bare Necessities is looking to repeat her winning performance in Saturday's $200,000 Gardenia Handicap (gr. III) going 1 1/8-miles at Ellis Park. Bare Necessities took the 2003 edition by scoring an impressive 5 1/4-length win and paying just $2.80 to become the shortest price in the race's 22-year history.

Ellis Park Reduces Purses, Cancels Three Stakes

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Ellis Park will institute a 5% reduction in all overnight purses, including all Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund supplements, beginning July 28 for the duration of the 54-day meeting.

With Churchill Title in Bag, Bejarano Has His Fans

It was two years ago that jockey Rafael Bejarano won his first race in the United States at River Downs. Since then, the 22-year-old has won riding titles at Hoosier Park, Ellis Park, and Turfway Park. On July 5, he clinched another accolade when he was named leading rider for the 2004 spring meet at Churchill Downs.

Record $1.1 Million in Stakes Purses Available at Ellis Park

The $200,000 Gardenia Handicap (gr. III) highlights the 2004 stakes schedule at Ellis Park, worth a record $1.1 million. Total purses for the 11 stakes races scheduled during the 54-day meet, which opens July 7 and continues through Sept. 6, reflects an overall increase of $25,000 from the track's 2003 stakes calendar.

Ellis Park, Red Mile Dates Raise Objections in Kentucky

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The Kentucky Racing Commission granted final approval of 2004 race dates Oct. 28 at a contentious meeting at which Ellis Park was granted a six-day racing week, and The Red Mile was awarded Quarter Horse dates despite objections from the Kentucky Quarter Horse Association's attorney.

No Horses Hurt in Ellis Park Blaze

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No horses were injured as a result of a minor stable fire at Ellis Park on U.S. 40-North Friday morning, but the blaze caused about $500 in damage and two security workers who put it out were treated for smoke inhalation, the Henderson Gleaner reported.

Kentucky OTB Handles $313 Million in 10 Years

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Kentucky Off-Track Betting Corp., owned by four of the state's racetracks, celebrated its 10th anniversary with total handle of $313 million through June 30. The corporation was formed in November 1992.

Ellis Park Suspends Racing on Opening Day

Ellis Park was forced to cancel racing on opening day of its summer meet Wednesday after four races due to severe thunderstorms in the Henderson, Ky., region that caused conditions to be unsafe.

Meeker: Wagering Products Must Match Customer Demand

Churchill Downs Inc. will look to develop products that suit its patrons under a new customer relationship management program expected to have "dramatic" results, CDI president Tom Meeker said June 19 during the company's annual shareholder meeting in Louisville, Ky.

Indy Downs Wins OK For OTB Parlor Near Churchill

Indiana Downs has won approval from the Clark County, Ind., Council to open a satellite wagering facility in Clarksville or Jeffersonville, both of which are located just across the Ohio River from Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.

Churchill Indicates Desire to Sell Ellis Park

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Churchill Downs Inc. reported a gain in earnings for 2002 but indicated it's looking to sell Ellis Park, the western Kentucky racetrack it purchased in 1998 as part of a $22 million package. The company's financial statement for 2002 was released Feb. 11.

Report: Offer Could Be Made For Ellis Park

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The owners of Balmoral Park and Maywood Park in Illinois are interested in purchasing Ellis Park, the western Kentucky racetrack owned by Churchill Downs Inc., according to published reports.

Ellis Meet Mixed, With Attendance Up and Wagering Down

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Ellis Park concluded its 41-day race meet with increased attendance and slightly lower total wagering. The totals for the meet, which ended with a Labor Day program on Sept. 2, shohwed a 3.1% increase in on-track attendance and a 2.1% decline in on-track betting. Overall wagering declined 3.6%, when compared to the 2001 meet.

Minister's Baby Takes Gardenia at Ellis Park

Favorite Minister's Baby disposed of longshot pacesetter Red n' Gold in the final turn and held off Lakenheath by 1-3/4 lengths in Saturday's $200,000 Gardenia Handicap (gr. III) for fillies and mares at Ellis Park.

Churchill Power Outage Disrupts Wagering at Ellis Park

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A construction mishap at Churchill Downs on Wednesday afternoon caused a power outage that briefly interrupted wagering on races at Ellis Park, its sister track in Henderson, Ky., and left most of the historic racetrack and its offices in the dark for a time.

Indy Downs Gets OK for Parlor Near Ellis Park

A revamped Indiana Horse Racing Commission granted approval July 2 for the proposed Indianapolis Downs to build and operate an off-track betting parlor in Evansville, not far from Ellis Park in Kentucky.

Battle Lines Forming in Indiana, Kentucky

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Indianapolis Downs has filed an application for a license to operate a satellite wagering facility in Evansville, Ind., only minutes from Ellis Park in Henderson, Ky. Officials with the proposed racetrack claim the southern Indiana marketplace is underserved by Hoosier Park, currently the state's only pari-mutuel racetrack. Churchill Downs owns Hoosier Park and Ellis Park.

Strange Day at Ellis: Camera Failure, Dropped Whip, Huge Show Payoffs

What are the chances of the computerized photo-finish camera malfunctioning either electronically or by human failure in a $100,000 Stakes race? What are the odds for a 1-5 favorite with three consecutive graded New York stakes victories to his credit finishing out-of-the-money in the following race, also a $100,000 stakes? How about a rider dropping his whip in the final 50 yards of a $100,000 race?

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