Ellis Park to Open With $500,000 in Improvements

Given an increase in simulcasting handle since the start of the year, Ellis Park has invested about $500,000 in improvements to prepare for it summer meet that begins July 10.

General manager Paul Kuerzi said handle on full-card simulcasts is up 3%, and that attendance has increased as well. The Henderson, Ky., racetrack is owned by Churchill Downs Inc.

"We're putting the (profit) back into the facility," Kuerzi said. "It won't be spent in one, significant area. We've done a little of this and a little of that throughout the plant."

Improvements include the annual paint job; new televisions in the grandstand; new chairs in the box seating area, Gardenia Room, and Sky Theater; upgraded stadium seating in the grandstand and terrace area; installation of a smoke-detector system and security cameras in the clubhouse; repairs to the barn area; and a new 2,000-gallon water truck for the racing surface.

Ellis Park will race Wednesdays through Sundays through Labor Day, Sept. 2. The facility will be open for full-card simulcasting on dark days.