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Ellis Park wraps successful race meet with significant wagering, purse increases, sets sights on 2020

The end of Ellis Park’s 2019 race meet — which saw wagering increase 21 percent over 2018 and purses paid to horsemen go up 30 percent — conjures bigger visions for 2020. Ken Mimmack, manager of new owner Ellis Entertainment LLC, was mesmerized by the huge crowd that turned out Sunday for Kids Day. While Ellis Park doesn’t charge admission, making it impossible to know crowd size, he said,...