Ellis Park to offer four new $100k turf stakes this summer
April 14, 2018 8:35 AM
by Robert Mann
Ellis Park, with a financial assist from and Kentucky Downs, will offer four new $100,000 turf stakes at Ellis this summer.
Ellis Park runs July 1 through Labor Day, Sept. 3, with racing Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays plus July 4 and 5 and now will have 10 stakes worth a total of $825,000, up from six stakes totaling $400,000 last year.
The new turf stakes, all to be contested on Aug. 5, are viewed as steppingstones for Kentucky Downs’ races during that track's five-date, all-grass meet Sept. 1-13.
"This is going to really fill a void in turf stakes in Kentucky for the summer," said Ellis Park president and majority owner Ron Geary. "We are thrilled to be able to present what will be one of the Midwest’s top days of summer racing.”
Kentucky Downs, near the Tennessee border in Franklin, transferred a combined $3 million to Ellis' purse account the past two years. This season it will contribute a total of $2.4 million in purses and breeder funds to Ellis Park.