KY Racing Commission To Consider Possible Ellis Park Sale Today

The Kentucky Racing Commission will hold its’ monthly meeting at Turfway Park this afternoon, with the scheduled starting time set for 1:30 p.m. ET. On the agenda for the Commissioners to consider is a possible approval of the sale of Ellis Park from its’ current ownership team at Saratoga Casino and Hospitality Group to the Laguna Development Corporation, located in Pueblo, New Mexico.

“The Pressbox” first reported that the historic, little track, known affectionately as the “Pea Patch,” in Henderson, KY., was being sold to the new ownership team on March 21. We followed that story up with confirmation on June 3, citing sources very close to the situation.

Now, the pending sale is on the Agenda today for full consideration and a possible vote to turn over the ownership of the track to the new entity.

Ellis Park — which has been undergoing some renovations to the grandstand and clubhouse areas this summer — is scheduled to open for live racing on Sunday, June 30. After that one day of action, live racing will return on the Fourth of July for a festive 4-day weekend.

After that, the track plans to run three days a week — Friday through Sunday — all the way through the Labor Day Weekend of Sept. 2.

“The Pressbox” will be on location today for the KRC meeting, and give full details later this afternoon.

The horse broke well today,” Gaffalione said. “I had the horse inside, Dunph, going to the lead and then (Gun It) showed a little bit of speed. When I saw they were intent on going I just tried to get him back and got him to relax. He came back to me nicely and settled well down the backside. Got a little keen going into the far turn and wanted to move a little early. But I didn’t want to take too much away from him so I tried to sit as long as I could. He was waiting on horses down the lane but I kept him at task and there was plenty of horse there.”

“Mark (Casse, the trainer) and his team have done a great job,” Gaffalione said. “They’ve had a ton of confidence in this horse the whole way. It’s just an honor to be able to ride the horse. He’s just so professional, trains great and he’s a pleasure to be around.”

Tyler Gaffalione, Rode of War of Will to victory in the G2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds
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