Ellis Park approved for boost in purses

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Associated Press

Posted on July 17, 2014 at 9:01 AM

Updated Thursday, Jul 17 at 9:01 AM

HENDERSON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky horse racing authorities have approved a plan for Ellis Park to boost purses for many of its thoroughbred races starting in August, helping make it more competitive with other tracks.

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission voted Wednesday to authorize the Henderson racetrack to use $300,000 from the Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund.

Ellis Park initially hoped to use half of that money to help fund a pair of new stakes races for two-year-olds this summer. The Henderson track's director of operations, Bob Jackson, told The Gleaner (http://bit.ly/1t80wJA ) that wouldn't be possible this year.

The commission authorized the track to use $200,000 to bolster purse money for Kentucky-bred horses competing in maiden and allowance races this summer.

The commission agreed to allow Ellis to hold the remaining $100,000 until next year.

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Information from: The Gleaner, http://www.thegleaner.com/

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