Ellis Park took a hit at the betting window at its just-concluded
2011 live racing meet and saw a significant drop in the number of horses
per race, the racetrack reported Tuesday.
Nonetheless, owner Ron Geary will submit an application with the
Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on Thursday, asking for live racing
dates in 2012.
He says he also plans to make application with the commission in
October to install Instant Racing machines at Ellis to generate more
revenue and help it compete with racetracks in some neighboring states
that have full track-side casinos (known as “racinos”).
If approved, the slot machine-like devices would likely be installed this winter, according to Geary.