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Ellis Park Racing & Gaming

Ellis Park Racing & Gaming is a horse-racing track in Henderson, Kentucky, United States. It opened in 1922, at US Highway 41.

Saratoga Race Course

Saratoga Race Course is a horse-racing track in Saratoga Springs, New York, United States. It opened on August 3, 1863, and is the oldest organized sporting venue of any kind in the United States. It is typically open for racing from late July through early September.

History

It is a thoroughbred racetrack located in Henderson, Kentucky, south of Evansville, Indiana. Ellis Park is originally called Dade Park, established in 1922 by the Green River Jockey Club. It was first named after the famous race starter A. B. Barrett Dade, a director and one of the Green River Jockey Club organizers. Although the course was built for Thoroughbreds, its opening race was a Grand Circuit Harness met on October 19, 1922. Then on November 18, 1922, the gates opened for the first Thoroughbred meet.

However, after three years of operation, the Green River Jockey Club went into bankruptcy in 1925. In the same year, it was purchased by James C. Ellis, a Rockport businessman, who brought many changes at the track, including adding a tote board wagering system and a terrace grandstand. In 1954, it was officially changed to Ellis Park in which name was originated from the longtime owner, James C. Ellis. In 1955, the Miller Field in Owensboro was moved to Ellis to become the new Paddock Grandstand, and new box seats were added.

After James C. Ellis died in 1956, management of the track was passed to Lester E. Yeager. Under Yeager’s leadership, a new paddock and jockeys’ quarters were constructed, and new clubhouse and stable areas. He then gave the leadership to Ruth Adkins in the mid-1960s. Under Mrs. Adkin’s, all attendance and pari-mutuel handle records were established. She also expanded race meets to fifty-nine days from twenty-nine days. The track was then sold to Roger and Lila Kumar in April 1985. Their contribution was building the sky terrace atop the grandstand and pushing for Kentucky’s inter-track wagering legislation. However, in 1898, they sold the track to the Racing Corporation of America. The company also sold the track to Churchill Downs Incorporated in 1998.

In November 2005, a tornado destroyed northwestern Kentucky and southwestern Indiana, inflicting significant damage to Ellis Park. The tracks Grandstand Terrace, adjacent to the main Grandstand structure, the paddock, jockey’s quarters, and infield tote board sustained heavy damages. It also devastated 11 barns in the stable area and caused light to moderate damage to several others. Three of the 158 horses on the grounds died from injuries due to the storm. However, despite the calamity, the scheduled 2006 live meet continued to operate as planned.

In September 2006, Ron Geary, a local Kentucky businessman, purchased Ellis Park from Churchill Downs, Inc. He brought back the 9th edition of the Claiming Crown to Kentucky on August 4, 2007. In the summer of 2019, Ellis Park was again purchased by Ellis Entertainment, LLC. It is a subsidiary of Laguna Development Corporation in New Mexico.

Track Details

The design of the track was inspired after the Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, New York. It features a 1.125-mile dirt track, with chutes for seven-furlong and one-mile (1.6 km) races.

The 210 acres (0.85 km2) of the main grandstand can hold up to 6,000 seats. The main course is a one and one-eighth mile oval. It can also provide stabling for up to 1,300 horses. They also offer catering and hosting services for private parties and events.

History

It is a thoroughbred racetrack located in Henderson, Kentucky, south of Evansville, Indiana. Ellis Park is originally called Dade Park, established in 1922 by the Green River Jockey Club. It was first named after the famous race starter A. B. Barrett Dade, a director and one of the Green River Jockey Club organizers. Although the course was built for Thoroughbreds, its opening race was a Grand Circuit Harness met on October 19, 1922. Then on November 18, 1922, the gates opened for the first Thoroughbred meet.

However, after three years of operation, the Green River Jockey Club went into bankruptcy in 1925. In the same year, it was purchased by James C. Ellis, a Rockport businessman, who brought many changes at the track, including adding a tote board wagering system and a terrace grandstand. In 1954, it was officially changed to Ellis Park in which name was originated from the longtime owner, James C. Ellis. In 1955, the Miller Field in Owensboro was moved to Ellis to become the new Paddock Grandstand, and new box seats were added.

After James C. Ellis died in 1956, management of the track was passed to Lester E. Yeager. Under Yeager’s leadership, a new paddock and jockeys’ quarters were constructed, and new clubhouse and stable areas. He then gave the leadership to Ruth Adkins in the mid-1960s. Under Mrs. Adkin’s, all attendance and pari-mutuel handle records were established. She also expanded race meets to fifty-nine days from twenty-nine days. The track was then sold to Roger and Lila Kumar in April 1985. Their contribution was building the sky terrace atop the grandstand and pushing for Kentucky’s inter-track wagering legislation. However, in 1898, they sold the track to the Racing Corporation of America. The company also sold the track to Churchill Downs Incorporated in 1998.

In November 2005, a tornado destroyed northwestern Kentucky and southwestern Indiana, inflicting significant damage to Ellis Park. The tracks Grandstand Terrace, adjacent to the main Grandstand structure, the paddock, jockey’s quarters, and infield tote board sustained heavy damages. It also devastated 11 barns in the stable area and caused light to moderate damage to several others. Three of the 158 horses on the grounds died from injuries due to the storm. However, despite the calamity, the scheduled 2006 live meet continued to operate as planned.

In September 2006, Ron Geary, a local Kentucky businessman, purchased Ellis Park from Churchill Downs, Inc. He brought back the 9th edition of the Claiming Crown to Kentucky on August 4, 2007. In the summer of 2019, Ellis Park was again purchased by Ellis Entertainment, LLC. It is a subsidiary of Laguna Development Corporation in New Mexico.

Track Details

The design of the track was inspired after the Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, New York. It features a 1.125-mile dirt track, with chutes for seven-furlong and one-mile (1.6 km) races.

The 210 acres (0.85 km2) of the main grandstand can hold up to 6,000 seats. The main course is a one and one-eighth mile oval. It can also provide stabling for up to 1,300 horses. They also offer catering and hosting services for private parties and events.

History

John Hunter, who became the first chairman of The Jockey Club, and William R. Travers built Saratoga Race Course. The original track was built across Union Avenue from the present Saratoga Race Course at the current location of the Oklahoma Track (training track), which opened the following year. Since 1864 the track has been the site of the Travers Stakes, the oldest major thoroughbred horse race in the United States, which is the main draw of the annual summer race meeting. The Saratoga meet originally consisted of only four days, but over time was lengthened, and for many years, the meet lasted for four weeks. In the 1990’s it was lengthened to five weeks. Today it is a six-week meeting ending on Labor Day. In 2009, NYRA extended the 2010 racing meet by 4 days. From 1943 to 1945, racing was not held at Saratoga Race Course due to travel restrictions during the war. During those years, the stakes races that would have been run at Saratoga Race Course were contested at Belmont Park instead.

Saratoga Race Course has two well-known nicknames — The Spa (for the nearby mineral springs), and the “Graveyard of Champions” (for the upsets that have occurred there). Man o’ War suffered his only defeat in 21 starts while racing at Saratoga Race Course; Secretariat was defeated at Saratoga Race Course by Onion after winning the Triple Crown; and Gallant Fox was beaten by 100-1 long shot Jim Dandy in the 1930 Travers Stakes. In 1999, Saratoga Race Course was rated as Sports Illustrated’s #10 sports venue of the 20th Century.

As is the case with the other two tracks operated by the New York Racing Association – Aqueduct and Belmont Park – there are three separate tracks in the main course at Saratoga Race Course.

Contact

  • 3300 US-41, Henderson, KY 42420, United States

  • Phone: +1 812-425-1456

  • https://ellisparkracing.com/

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