Ellis Park

Brisnet.com Triple Crown Throwdown: Runhappy Ellis Park Derby

Ed DeRosa of Brisnet.com takes on TDN's Steve Sherack and Brian DiDonato as they handicap Triple Crown prep races plus the big three races themselves. The three will make $100 Win/Place bets in the preps and $200 Win/Place bets in the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont. Highest bankroll at the end wins. DeRosa - Bankroll: $5230 - GI Runhappy Travers S. Result -Tiz the Law stamped himself as the Kentucky Derby favorite. Runhappy Ellis Park Derby - Art Collector has done everything right as a 3-year-old. He's stretched out, he's...

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NYRA, Ellis Park Unite for Cross Country Pick 5

The New York Racing Association, Inc. and and Ellis Park join forces for a Cross Country Pick 5 Sunday, August 9. will host the first and third legs, while the Henderson, Kentucky oval will provide the stakes action, including the Runhappy Ellis Park Derby. This Sunday's Cross Country Pick 5 comprises: Leg 1 - Saratoga Race Course, Race 7: (4:43 p.m.) Leg 2 - Ellis Park, Race 8: Runhappy Audubon Oaks (5:10pm) Leg 3 - Saratoga Race Course, Race 8: (5:17 p.m.) Leg 4 - Ellis Park, Race 9: Groupie...

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Aug. 8 Insights

Sponsored by Alex Nichols Agency PRICEY INTO MISCHIEFS HEADLINE SPA BABY RACE 5th-SAR, $72K, Msw, 2yo, 5 1/2f, 2:26p.m. Todd Pletcher unveils Shadwell Stable's $425,000 KEENOV buy MUTASAABEQ (Into Mischief) in this test. Out of a half-ssister to MGSW Cool Cowboy (Kodiak Kowboy), he enters off a best-of-50 half-mile in :46 2/5 at the Spa Aug. 1. Bob LaPenta and Peter Brant teamed up to acquire Bottle Rocket Man (Into Mischief) for $350,000 at KEESEP and he debuts here. His dam is a half-sister to MGSW & MGISP sire Munnings (Speightstown)...

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Ellis Cancels Final Five Races Saturday

Following the fourth race Saturday at Ellis Park, heavy rain swept into Henderson, Ky., forcing the track to cancel the final five races on the card. Rain the night before had already caused Saturday's turf races to be taken off the grass. "In the best interest of safety for our jockeys and horses, we are calling off the remainder of the Saturday racing program," said Ellis Park general manager Jeff Inman. "The rain is supposed to let up this evening, and the forecast calls for beautiful weather for Sunday's Kentucky...

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Aug. 2 Insights

Sponsored by Alex Nichols Agency WELL-RELATED JUVENILES MEET AT ELLIS 5th-ELP, $37K, Msw, 2yo, 7f, 3:42p.m. KING FURY (Curlin) is the most expensive of the several well-related juveniles making their career bows in this test as a $950,000 FTSAUG purchase. He is the first and only foal out of the late Grade I winner Taris (Flatter), a $2.35-million FTKNOV buy. His second dam Comedy, a $1.5-million KEENOV buy, also produced SW & MGSP Theatre Star (War Front). Dale Romans unveils the latest offspring out of blue hen C.S. Royce (Unbridled's...

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July 31 Insights

Sponsored by Alex Nichols Agency SON OF INTERRUPTED DEBUTS AT ELLIS 7th-ELP, $37K, Msw, 2yo, 5 1/2fT, 4:40p.m. COMMITTED (More Than Ready), a $325,000 KEESEP purchase by Tracy Farmer, makes his career bow at Ellis Friday for Mark Casse. The dark bay is the first foal out of MSW & GSP Interrupted (Broken Vow), who is a daughter of MSW & MGSP Alternate (Seattle Slew). Interrupted, who was purchased by Jane Lyon for $575,000 in foal to Distorted Humor at the 2018 KEENOV sale, is a half-sister to GISW Higher...

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Nyquist Filly Relishes Stretch Out to Become Sire’s First Winner

C&H Diamond Racing LLC & Baccari Racing Stable's Dream Quist (Nyquist) improved significantly on the stretch out at Ellis Sunday to become the first winner for her freshman sire (by Uncle Mo). A debut fifth as the favorite sprinting in the Churchill slop June 28, the $265,000 Fasig-Tipton October yearling was off as the 5-2 second choice this time but was bumped from both sides leaving the gate. She moved up in between horses to sit perched in third and tugged her way up to challenge the pacesetter heading for...

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Slow Start Can’t Stop Uncle Mo Filly; Named TDN Rising Star

Girl Daddy, sent out by the same connections that have used the Pea Patch in recent years as a springboard to launch the careers of graded stakes-winning juveniles Not This Time (Giant's Causeway) and Dennis' Moment (Tiznow), turned heads on debut Friday to earn the 'TDN Rising Star' distinction. The $500,000 KEESEP buy displayed a fairly unassuming Churchill worktab for a typically patient conditioner, but took some tote attention to be off at 9-5--longer than only fast-working fellow firster Malibu Bird (Malibu Moon). Flat-footed at the start, the grey rushed...

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July 25 Insights

Sponsored by Alex Nichols Agency HALF TO GIRVIN DEBUTS AT ELLIS 3rd-ELP, $37K, Msw, 2yo, 1m, 2:46p.m. Winchell Thoroughbreds went to $525,000 to acquire the well-related MIDNIGHT BOURBON (Tiznow) at Keeneland September and he makes her career bow in this test. The bay is a half-brother to GI Haskell S. winner Girvin (Take of Ekati), GSW Cocked and Loaded (Colonel John) and MGSP Pirate's Punch (Shanghai Bobby). TJCIS PPs   SON OF CURVY MAKES CAREER BOW IN SOCAL 1st-DMR, $50K, Msw, 2yo, 1mT, 5:00p.m. Richard Mandella unveils the son of...

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July 19 Insights

PRICEY HARD SPUN FILLY DEBUTS AT ELLIS 8th-ELP, $37K, Msw, 3yo/up, 6f, 5:10p.m. Susan Moulton's $560,000 KEESEP buy SARAH JOE (Hard Spun) makes her career bow in this test. Her unraced dam Castilla (Afleet Alex) is a half to MGISW Spain (Thunder Gulch), who is the dam of GSW & GISP Plan (Storm Cat). This is also the family of MG1SW Pleascach (Ire) (Teofilo {Ire}). TJCIS PPs

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Surge in Jockey Virus Positives Met with Slew of New Restrictions

A surge in positive Coronavirus tests among jockeys was met on Tuesday with a flurry of new movement-related restrictions at Thoroughbred tracks from coast to coast in an effort to keep the pandemic from spreading further. For the industry in general, any sizable spike in COVID-19 positives among participants will almost certainly trigger another wave of racetrack shutdowns. But for jockeys specifically, the balance of maintaining safety under pandemic precautions often comes down to treading a fine line between protecting one's health versus protecting one's livelihood. Since the end of...

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Ellis Updates COVID-19 Protocols

Ellis Park Racing & Gaming has increased track and racing protocols/testing requirements, effective immediately. All jockeys and valets must have a negative COVID-19 test result taken prior to being admitted to Ellis Park. Once a negative test is reported, they will not need additional testing unless they leave the local area, Kentucky or ride/race at another racetrack. All backside entrants, including jockeys who do leave the local area or the state of Kentucky after their initial test, will be required to provide a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 48...

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