Pick Your Community: | Hopkins | Muhlenberg | Daviess | Christian | Henderson | Lakes | McCracken | Webster
Davis Motor Sales banner ad

Opening Day at Ellis Park

ellis-park

HENDERSON, Ky. (7/3/14) — Ellis Park was first constructed in Henderson in the early 1920’s and modeled after the famous Saratoga Race Track.

The park still runs a live Thoroughbred horse racing summer meet, in addition to year-round Instant Racing Machine action and simulcast races.

Located just North of the twin bridges in Henderson, Ellis Park Race Course begins opening weekend from July 3 to July 6, where visitors of all ages can join rings of exciting entertainment and delicious food.

“We are always excited about opening day,” said owner Ron Geary. “We have been waiting about 10 months, because our meet goes from July 3 to Sept. 1.”

Geary bought the park from Churchill Downs in September of 2006 and offers more than just horse racing.

“I bought this place eight years ago,” said Geary. “This is a place for fun. Sunday’s we have family day or ‘dollar day,’ where everyone brings the family to enjoy the outdoors.”

Geary said the Instant Racing Machines were added a couple years ago and doing really well.

“We are moving into our second year operating these,” said Geary. “It’s been doing great, it’s based from outcomes of official historical races across the country and we are up 67 percent last month over the prior year.”

Geary said there are some new things the park has added this year, that they didn’t have last year.

“About the second year after I bought the park, I added the camel and ostrich racing,” said Geary. “It’s something you can’t find much of in this country. So, this year, instead of camels and ostriches, we will be doing zebra and ostrich races.”

The zebras have been training for the last four years for the races.

“The zebras have been training with people who specialize in this,” said Geary. “They have done a tremendous job at making sure everything is safe.”

The park also holds a wiener dog race as well.

“We started the wiener dog races about six years ago,” said Geary. “We have two days of wiener dog trials and then we take the top eight dogs and then have a derby two weeks later. These are the first few weeks of our meet. So, anyone has a dog they want to enter, they would need to contact our marketing department as soon as possible.”

Geary encourages families from all around to come out and enjoy what the park has to offer.

Ellis Park is open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to midnight and Friday through Saturday from 11 to 2 a.m.

For more information, visit http://www.ellisparkracing.com/ or call (812) 435-8905.

Amber Averitt
SurfKY Lead News Reporter
Photos by Shawn Freels and Michelle Hawkins

© Copyright 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story by using one of the social media links below.

Posted on 2/2/14
2/6/2014 - posted

Stock Report

button coupons
1 DOW 17,804.80
+26.65 (0.15%)    
2 S&P 2,070.65
+9.42 (0.46%)    
3 NASDAQ 4,765.38
0.00 (0.00%)    
2/6/2014 - posted
2/6/2014 - posted
button classifieds

In Other News...

Crofton Elementary Students Sing Carols for Parents

CROFTON, Ky. (12/19/14) — Crofton Elementary kindergarten through second grade performed Christmas Carols for parents… Read More

West Broadway Club Allows Students Opportunity to Embrace Music

MADISONVILLE, Ky. (12/19/14) — West Broadway Music Club, under the direction of Ruth Hardy, performed Christmas carols… Read More
2/6/2014 - posted

Most Read This Week

December 16, 2014 10350

Coal Miner Fatally Injured in Underground Mining…

in Top News For All Sites by Dick Brown
December 14, 2014 8967

Muhlenberg Pays Homage to U.S. Armed Forces

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
December 17, 2014 7299

Elderly Couple Found Shot to Death in Muhlenberg

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Trooper Stu Recke
December 17, 2014 6661

Three Men Charged with Burglary

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police Department
December 15, 2014 5002

Hopkins County Woman Charged Second Time in Two…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
December 15, 2014 4430

Woman Leads Police on High-Speed Chase in Stolen…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Madisonville Police
December 18, 2014 3984

Cat Scratching over Dog Ownership Escalates

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Amber Averitt, SurfKY News
December 19, 2014 3932

Dawson Springs Man Charged with Sexual Abuse of…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Detective Sean McCance
December 19, 2014 3687

Armstrong Mine to Layoff 39 by End of Day

in Top News For All Sites by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
December 16, 2014 3612

Highway Crews Pre-Treating Roadways for Potential…

in Hopkins News by Keith Todd

Stories Trending Today

December 19, 2014 3932

Dawson Springs Man Charged with Sexual Abuse of…

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Detective Sean McCance
December 19, 2014 3687

Armstrong Mine to Layoff 39 by End of Day

in Top News For All Sites by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
December 19, 2014 3592

Woman Flown to St. Mary's after Two-Car Collision

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Trooper Stu Recke
December 19, 2014 3076

Vehicle Explodes into Flames on Pride Avenue

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Gwen Smith
December 19, 2014 2824

Vehicle Fire Causes Traffic Back-Up on Pennyrile

in Local (Hopkins) Top News by Doreen Dennis
December 19, 2014 1619

Muhlenberg District Court Fines Handed Down

in Local (Muhlenberg) Top News by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
December 19, 2014 1475

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports - Dec. 19, 2014

in Hopkins News by Madisonville Police Department
December 19, 2014 1338

Hopkins County Sheriff's Reports Released

in Hopkins News by Sheila Hopper
December 19, 2014 1218

KSP Post 2 Trooper Honored for DUI Enforcement…

in Top News For All Sites Touching Hopkins by Trooper S. C. Recke
December 19, 2014 1078

Pennyrile Narcotics Task Force Obtains Multiple…

in Local (Hopkinsville) Top News by Lori Blakeley

SurfKY News Group, Inc.
Corporate Office & Studio
1125 Nebo Rd.  •  Madisonville, KY 42431
270.452.2727 (phone)
  •  270.452.2249 (fax)


Contact a member of our staff: www.surfky.com/contact
Copyright © 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc.  •  Terms of Use  •  Site Map

social fbsocial twsocial yt
social gpsocial flrsocial rss