Ellis Park has adopted a new schedule for accepting entries 72 hours in advance of its races during the meeting that begins July 19.The 72-hour entry schedule replaces the track's old entry format that required horses to be entered for most Ellis Park races two days, or 48 hours, before those races were run. The Henderson, Ky., track takes its initial entries for its 36-day meet on July 16."We think our horsemen and racing fans will benefit from the adoption of the 72-hour entry format," said Brian Elmore, vice president and general manager at Ellis Park. "The new schedule will allow horsemen at our track and others who ship to Ellis Park from other tracks and training facilities throughout the region additional flexibility in planning racing schedules for their horses. And our fans, both on-track and those at simulcast wagering outlets, will have an extra day to gather information and prepare for our races."
The 2006 Ellis Park meet will be the first since a tornado roared through the track and its barn area on Nov. 6, 2005. Efforts to repair damage inflicted by the tornado continue, but the track will be ready to open on time. Construction on new barns to replace structures destroyed in the storm continue and Ellis Park is scheduled to have nearly 1,000 stalls available to its horsemen when the meet opens.