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Ellis Park opens doors for Derby experience

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If you can't be at the Derby this weekend, Ellis Park might be the next best thing. They saw a big crowd on Friday and expect an even bigger one on Saturday.

Director of Operations Robert Jackson says he expects attendance to reach around 1,500. He says that people have been betting on between 12-14 different races including the Kentucky Oaks.

Jackson says Ellis Park opened at 9 A.M. on Friday morning. All their TVs, including their jumbotron screen on the track is focused on Churchill Downs. Many people 14 News talked with say the festivities are a great way to celebrate Derby weekend close to home.

"You can come today, get your programs and racing forms, you can advance wager, you can bet the Derby, and the Oaks Derby double," says Jackson. "It's like being at the Derby without being at the Derby, especially tomorrow. It's a big, carefree, happy-go-lucky atmosphere."

Ellis Park opens to celebrate the Kentucky Derby on Saturday at 8:30 A.M..

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