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The racecourse of Ellis Park can be found in the town of Henderson in the state of Kentucky. Despite being in the state of Indiana, because of its location on the northern side of the Ohio River, it is still classed as being in Kentucky. Its inaugural meeting for the racing of thoroughbreds, when known as Green River, took place on 8th November 1922, although this period of racing was short lived once its owners, the Green River Jockey Club had gone bankrupt. The track was then taken over by a new owner James Ellis, who named the track Dade Park after a famous race meeting starter. On the impending death of James Ellis in 1956 the track became Ellis Park on 3rd August 1955. Today the main 9 furlong dirt track has a 358 metre home straight, but there is also an 8 furlong turf track and two separate 7 furlong and 8 furlong chutes. Its principal races are the Grade III Gardenia Handicap over a mile for fillies, and the popular Ellis Park Breeders Cup Turf over 1 1/16 miles. In 2010 the track went through a sticky period, but it came through that and did operate in 2011.

Local Patrons Green River Jockey Club
Principal Races Grade III Gardenia Handicap, Ellis Park Breeders Cup Turf
Course today The racecourse was threatened with closure in 2010.
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ISBN 978-0-9957632-0-3

652 pages

774 former courses

ISBN 978-0-9957632-1-0

352 pages

400 former courses

ISBN 978-0-9957632-2-7

180 pages

140 former courses

ISBN 978-0-9957632-3-4

264 pages

235 former courses

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