Ellis Park to host a Kentucky Derby qualifying race for the first time ever

For the first time in all of its 98 years of racing, Ellis Park Racing & Gaming in Henderson, Kentucky will host a Kentucky Derby qualifying race.

“Ellis Park is extremely grateful for this incredible opportunity,” said the track’s General Manager, Jeff Inman. “The Kentucky Derby is the most prominent racing event in the world. We are honored to be a part of this event and are thrilled to be able to offer this special race to our fans.”

The race will be held on August 8-9 and act as the fourth leg of the Midwest Region’s “Road to the Kentucky Derby.”

This means that some of the best three-year-old thoroughbreds from around the world will be racing at Ellis Park Park! This race is part of a series of races called the “Road to the Kentucky Derby” that are located throughout America, Europe, and Japan. The top four finishers in races at each track along the Road to the Kentucky Derby will earn points based on their finishing order and then at the end of the ‘road’, the top twenty horses get to run in the Kentucky Derby that will be held on September 5, 2020.

“To host a Derby qualifier is really huge,” commented Jeff Hall, Director of Racing Operations. “These are not only the nation’s, but also some of the world’s best thoroughbred race horses and they’ll all be running for their golden ticket to the Kentucky Derby on our very own track.”

Go to the Ellis Park Racing website to learn more.

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Posted by Ellis Park Racing on Monday, May 11, 2020