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Ellis Park begins meet on the 4th

There promises to be plenty of sizzle today during Ellis Park's return to Fourth of July horse racing.

With a boost in purse money from Kentucky Downs, many of the top trainers and jockeys in the country again are making the move from Churchill Downs and settling in for the summer at Ellis. The all-star cast includes Corey Lanerie, Calvin Borel and Jon Court, each of whom will ride at least five times during today's nine-race card starting at 12:50 p.m.

Borel, a three-time Kentucky Derby winner, won Ellis's leading jockey title last year for the first time since 1996. Lanerie, who just wrapped up leading rider honors at Churchill Downs, ruled Ellis in 2010. Meanwhile, Court has finished atop the track's jockey standings six times in his career, including 2009.

"We've got some of the best riders in the country," said Ellis Park racing secretary Dan Bork. "It's really, really a strong jockey colony we have going here."

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Me too buckpasser. They are hoping this will allow them to expand race dates in the future..They currently race on a FRI,SAT ,and Sun. schedule through Labor Day WHICH IS ON A MONDAY plus the 4th of JULY.ly.L
Me too buckpasser. They are hoping this will allow them to expand race dates in the future..They currently race on a FRI,SAT ,and Sun. schedule through Labor Day WHICH IS ON A MONDAY plus the 4th of JULY.ly.L
I think they had hailstorm there also along with a cloudburst and lightening. This track sets close to the banks of the river across the bridge from Henderson KY. The storms may follow the river. I have been caught in a couple of heavy storms there also in the past.
Astonished at how often the card is halted until thrunderstorms pass.
Agreed gelded1. Glad they have some extra prize money to help with operations. Was afraid at one point the track might close
I like this old track. Nice laid back atmosphere,friendly people,and overall good place to go for the weekend.

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