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Thoroughbred Aftercare Day Set for Sunday at Ellis Park

Aftercare Day

Contact: Kevin Kerstein
Kentucky Racing Communications
Churchill Downs, Ellis Park, Turfway Park
(610) 420-6971 (mobile)
(502) 635-4712 (office)

HENDERSON, Ky. (Thursday, Aug. 10, 2023) – Six of North America’s prominent Thoroughbred aftercare organizations will be on-site Sunday at Ellis Park Racing & Gaming as part of Thoroughbred Aftercare Day.

                The first of 10 races will get underway at 11:45 a.m. (CDT) and fans will be invited to learn more about Thoroughbred retirement at several booths set up on the concourse by Friends of Ferdinand, New Vocations, Second Stride, Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, Thoroughbred Charities of America and Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation. 

                Sunday’s card is highlighted by six stakes contests led by the $250,000 Ellis Park Derby (Listed) and $150,000 Groupie Doll Stakes (Listed). The six participating Thoroughbred aftercare organizations will be featured in the Jeff Hall Winner’s Circle during the trophy presentations for each stakes race.

                There will be several opportunities for racing fans to donate to the participating charities including a special one-of-a-kind Ellis Park Derby Day t-shirt that will be for sale in the Gift Shop and a watermelon stand where proceeds will benefit Thoroughbred aftercare. 

During all 10 races, Ellis Park will award a groom the “Best Turned Out Award” for their horse and receive a special prize.

                For more information about Thoroughbred Aftercare Day, visit 

Ellis Park, Racking and Gaming (“Ellis Park”) located north of the Ohio River and just south of Evansville, Indiana, has been the home of summer Thoroughbred racing in Kentucky for over 100 years. Ellis Park also features a gaming entertainment venue with approximately 300 historical racing machines.