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Record $3.7 Million in Stakes Purses On Tap This Summer at Ellis Park

Ellis Park Scenic

Contact: Kevin Kerstein

Kentucky Racing Communications

Churchill Downs, Ellis Park, Turfway Park

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Record stakes purses await this summer at Ellis Park, where an impressive $3.7 million is available across 18 races beginning Thursday, July 4 for the 25-day season. 

          Ellis Park’s stakes lineup is led by the $400,000 Pucker Up (Grade III), one of seven races across Kentucky Downs Preview Weekend, Aug. 3-4. This stellar weekend of racing also includes the $300,000 Kentucky Downs Preview Turf Cup (Listed), $250,000 Kentucky Downs Preview Mint Millions Turf Mile (Listed), $250,000 Kentucky Downs Preview Turf Sprint (Listed), $250,000 Kentucky Downs Preview Ladies Turf Mile, $250,000 Kentucky Downs Preview Nashville Derby and $250,000 Kentucky Downs Preview Ladies Turf Sprint. 

          Two other featured stakes events scheduled are the $275,000 Ellis Park Derby (Listed) and $175,000 Groupie Doll (Listed), taking place Sunday, Aug. 11. The Ellis Park Derby and Groupie Doll are two of six stakes contests held that day. The others are the $175,000 Ellis Park Juvenile, $175,000 Ellis Park Debutante, $175,000 Audubon Oaks and $150,000 R. A. “Cowboy” Jones Memorial.

The Ellis Park season will begin on a Thursday-Sunday schedule but will shift to Saturday-Monday from July 13-Aug. 26.    


View the full stakes schedule here: 20240509 Ellis Park Stakes Schedule.pdf