Ellis Park Reopens for Training; Repairs Ongoing

Ellis Park, the western Kentucky racetrack hit by a tornado last fall, took a major step forward in its recovery when it reopened for training June 1.

It marked the first time in nearly seven months the 1 1/8-mile racing surface will be

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Ellis Park, the western Kentucky racetrack hit by a tornado last fall, took a major step forward in its recovery when it reopened for training June 1.


It marked the first time in nearly seven months the 1 1/8-mile racing surface will be used for training. Ellis Park suffered significant damage Nov. 6, 2005, when a tornado spawned by a line of severe storms destroyed 11 barns, damaged 11 others, and also battered the track’s terrace grandstand, infield tote board, and surrounding buildings.


Repairs continue at the track along the Ohio River. The 36-day live Thoroughbred meet begins July 19 and ends Sept. 4.


“The reopening of Ellis Park for training is a true milestone, both in the history of the racetrack itself and for our employees,” Ellis Park vice president and general manager Brian Elmore said. “The efforts of the Ellis Park team in accomplishing this goal have been nothing short of remarkable, and they have shown a great deal of ownership and pride in working to make the track better than ever. We are delighted to welcome back our horsemen and hope they will be pleased with the improvements that have been made

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