(Ellis Park starting gate / Photos by Holly M. Smith)

From the Ellis Park Media Team / Kevin Kerstein:

ELLIS PARK STAKES SCHEDULE FEATURES RECORD $3.7 MILLION ACROSS 18 RACES

Record stakes purses await this summer at Ellis Park, where an impressive $3.7 million is available across 18 races beginning Thursday, July 4 for the 25-day season.

          Ellis Park’s stakes lineup is led by the $400,000 Pucker Up (Grade III), one of seven races across Kentucky Downs Preview Weekend, Aug. 3-4. This stellar weekend of racing also includes the $300,000 Kentucky Downs Preview Turf Cup (Listed), $250,000 Kentucky Downs Preview Mint Millions Turf Mile (Listed), $250,000 Kentucky Downs Preview Turf Sprint (Listed), $250,000 Kentucky Downs Preview Ladies Turf Mile, $250,000 Kentucky Downs Preview Nashville Derby and $250,000 Kentucky Downs Preview Ladies Turf Sprint.

          Two other featured stakes events scheduled are the $275,000 Ellis Park Derby (Listed) and $175,000 Groupie Doll (Listed), taking place Sunday, Aug. 11. The Ellis Park Derby and Groupie Doll are two of six stakes contests held that day. The others are the $175,000 Ellis Park Juvenile, $175,000 Ellis Park Debutante, $175,000 Audubon Oaks and $150,000 R. A. “Cowboy” Jones Memorial.

The Ellis Park season will begin on a Thursday-Sunday schedule but will shift to Saturday-Monday from July 13-Aug. 26.

Here is the full stakes calendar (purses include funds from the Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund):

Date Race Grade Distance Conditions KTDF
Thursday, July 4 $125,000 Dade Park Dash   5 ½ furlongs (turf) 3yo $25,000
Saturday, July 6 $125,000 Pea Patch   5 ½ furlongs (turf) 3yo fillies $25,000
Sunday, July 21 $125,000 Jeff Hall Memorial   6 ½ furlongs 3yo and up $25,000
Monday, July 22 $125,000 Twin Bridges   6 furlongs 3yo and up fillies & mares  
Saturday, Aug. 3 $250,000 Ky Downs Preview Mint Millions Turf Mile   1 mile (turf) 3yo and up $125,000
Saturday, Aug. 3 $250,000 Ky Downs Preview Ladies Turf Sprint   5 ½ furlongs (turf) 3yo and up fillies & mares $125,000
Saturday, Aug. 3 $250,000 Ky Downs Preview Nashville Derby   1 1/8 miles (turf) 3yo $125,000
Sunday, Aug. 4 $400,000 Pucker Up Grade III 1 1/8 miles (turf) 3yo fillies $150,000
Sunday, Aug. 4 $300,000 Ky Downs Preview Turf Cup Listed 1 ¼ miles (turf) 3yo and up $150,000
Sunday, Aug. 4 $250,000 Ky Downs Preview Turf Sprint Listed 5 ½ furlongs (turf) 3yo and up $125,000
Sunday, Aug. 4 $250,000 Ky Downs Preview Ladies Turf Mile Listed 1 mile (turf) 3yo and up fillies & mares $125,000
Sunday, Aug. 11 $275,000 Ellis Park Derby Listed 1 mile 3yo $125,000
Sunday, Aug. 11 $175,000 Groupie Doll Listed 1 mile 3yo and up fillies & mares $75,000
Sunday, Aug. 11 $175,000 Ellis Park Juvenile   7 furlongs 2yo $75,000
Sunday, Aug. 11 $175,000 Ellis Park Debutante   7 furlongs 2yo fillies $75,000
Sunday, Aug. 11 $175,000 Audubon Oaks   7 furlongs 3yo fillies $75,000
Sunday, Aug. 11 $150,000 R. A. “Cowboy” Jones Memorial   1 mile 3yo and up $50,000

 

Monday, Aug. 26 $150,000 Ellis Park Turf Stakes   1 1/16 miles (turf) 3yo and up fillies & mares $50,000