Large purses and four new stakes events will highlight the 2023 Ellis Park Racing & Gaming $3.075-million stakes calendar.
The Ellis Park meet will open Friday, July 7 and run through Sunday, Aug. 27. The stakes program has been increased by $1.65 million since 2022 (all prize money includes funds distributed by the Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund and is pending approval from the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission).
There are four new stakes events on the calendar, including the $300,000 GIII Pucker Up S., which was previously run at Arlington Park and Churchill Downs.
The Pucker Up is one of seven stakes events across Kentucky Downs Preview Weekend on Saturday, Aug. 5 and Sunday, Aug. 6.
There are six stakes events scheduled on Sunday Aug. 13, headlined by the $250,000 Ellis Park Derby for 3-year-olds run at one-mile on dirt.