ELLIS PARK’S 95th RACE MEET AT A GLANCE

The lowdown on Ellis Park’s 95th meet:

Location: 3300 US-41 North, Henderson KY. (812) 425-1456
Live racing dates: Saturday, July 1-Sept. 4 (Labor Day), Fridays through Sundays, plus Monday July 3, Tuesday July 4 and Monday Sept. 4. No racing Saturday, Sept. 2.

Post time: 12:50 p.m. CT/1:50 p.m. ET. Gates open 10 a.m. CT.

General admission: Free. Reserved seating in Sky Theatre, Clubhouse and Turf Club additional. Grandstand box ($16 for six seats). Season tables available in Turf Club, Sky Theatre and Clubhouse.

Dining reservations: (under 10 people): (812) 435-8918 or reservations@ellisparkracing.com. Group sales (more than 10): (812) 435-8905 or groupsales@ellisparkracing.com.

Parking: Free; valet available

Multi-horse wager minimums: 10-cent superfecta; 50-cent trifecta, Pick 3, Pick 4, Pick 5; $1 exacta, Super High Five.

Joe Kristufek also is the analyst at Churchill Downs and Kentucky Downs.

Joe Kristufek is Ellis Park’s new paddock analyst and morning-line odds-maker. Coady Photography

Joe Kristufek’s picks and analysis

Stakes: Saturday, July 8 — $50,000 Ellis Park Turf Stakes, fillies & mares 3 years old & up, 1 1/16 miles on turf. Saturday, July 22 — $50,000 Don Bernhardt, 3-year-olds & up, 6 1/2 furlongs. Sunday, Aug. 13 — $100,000 Groupie Doll (G3), fillies & mares 3 years old & up, mile; $50,000 Cliff Guilliams Handicap, 3 years old & up, 1 1/16 miles on turf. Sunday, Aug. 20 — $75,000 Ellis Park Juvenile, 2-year-olds, 7 furlongs; $75,000 Ellis Park Debutante, 2-year-old fillies, 7 furlongs.

Simulcasting: Betting on horse racing around the country seven days a week.

Historical Horse Racing gaming: Offered seven days a week, these state-of-the-art machines are electronic pari-mutuel systems that allow players to bet on previously-run horse races with the fun and flash of video gaming.

Ellis Park announcer Jimmy McNerney. Damon Bagwell photo

Weekly promotions:  Fridays: Meet the Announcer – fans chosen by drawing get a chance to meet Jimmy McNerney and see how he prepares for and calls a race. Saturdays: Free handicapping seminar (starts July 8) with McNerney and analyst Joe Kristufek, 10:30-11 a.m. CT in clubhouse; Making of a Racehorse fan-education experience, starting date TBA, 7:30 a.m. CT in clubhouse parking lot by starting gate near first turn’s mile chute; Junior Jockey (starts July 8) — kids are chosen to be part of the activity for a race, including the paddock and winner’s circle. Sundays: Value Days, with discounts on beer, hotdogs, sodas etc.; Kids Race on Track – kids let loose with their own races through the stretch after the last horse race.

Non-horse races (no betting!): Saturday, July 8: Camel and Ostrich races (with jockeys in saddle); wiener dog races: qualifiers Saturdays Aug. 5, 12. Finals Aug. 26.