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Audubon Oaks becomes Kentucky Oaks points race, joins Ellis Park Derby on road to Churchill classics

Ellis Park not only has the $200,000 Ellis Park Derby as a qualifying race for the rescheduled Sept. 5 Kentucky Derby, but the track’s $100,000 Audubon Oaks is now a stop on the Road to the Kentucky Oaks. Both stakes races are Aug. 9. Ellis Park’s 98th annual meet will run from July 2 through Aug. 30. This year’s Ellis Park Derby winner will receive 50 points, virtually ensuring a spot in the...

Ellis Park reopening Monday for HHR gaming; 33 percent occupancy limit, terminals 6-feet apart

Ellis Park will reopen for Historical Horse Racing gaming this Monday at 10 a.m. Central. Following coronavirus safety protocols, the facility will be limited to 33 percent occupancy, and every employee and guest will have their temperature measured before entering. Ellis Park has been closed since March 16 because of the global pandemic. Gov. Andy Beshear late Thursday afternoon approved the opening...