Two Kentucky Horse Tracks Combine Efforts to Boost Purses
Ellis Park horse track in Henderson is increasing its daily race totals to more than $200,000 this summer, with a big boost from Kentucky Downs.
The Evansville Courier and Press reports the track in Franklin is giving a $1.3 million contribution to Ellis Park’s purse fund.
Kentucky Downs will be simulcasting Ellis Park’s races nationally this season, and the million dollar donation will help build the circuit.
That along with increased Instant Racing revenue will boost the daily race purses to $210,000.
Ellis Park will go dark for a day over the Labor Day holiday to leave all local racing to Kentucky Downs.
Ellis Park’s racing season begins July 2 and ends on September 5.