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
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."