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Ellis Park track ready for racing

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Despite some unfavorable weather conditions early in the week, Ellis Park has continued to work to ensure the track is ready for live thoroughbred racing on July 4.

Concerns over the track conditions are being taken care of by Ellis Park Track Maintenance, those crews working around the clock to screen out unsafe materials on the track, such as rock.

Ellis Park has even had personnel walking the track with buckets picking up any hazards by hand.

Trainers and exercise riders alike have seen improvement in track conditions and are looking forward to racing this coming week.

"The last 10 days the track has made vast improvements. I don't see anything stopping us from racing on it," commented trainer Kelly Ackerman from Carmi, Illinois.

Ackerman has 12 stalls in the Ellis Park stables and has been stabled there since the track opened for training on May 20

"I haven't heard any complaints from anyone on the backside the past 3 days. I believe it will be fine by Thursday," Ackerman said.

Ackerman has two entries for Ellis's opening day of racing on July 4.

"I'll have entries every day if I can," said Ackerman.

Trainer Chad Cook reports that his exercise rider has been happy with the conditions on the track.

"We've been here since May 20. We've seen some rocks, but the conditions have continually gotten better," Cook said.

Cook continued on to comment on how impressed he was with the overall track conditions and maintenance.

"The track is tight and watered. The track man here does a world of a job. We've seen him out there round the clock," Cook said.

Ellis Park track maintenance will continue to work to ensure the safety of the horses and riders throughout the Live Racing Season.

The racing office at Ellis Park began taking entries for opening day this morning and officials are pleased with the early entries.

Live thoroughbred racing starts on July 4 and continues through Labor Day for a total of 29 days of live racing.

Fan favorites like the Wiener Dog races and the Camel and Ostrich races are back this season as well as the Horses & Hope breast cancer awareness program and the 32nd running of the Gardenia Stakes.

Live Racing runs Fridays, Saturdays and Sunday as well as Thursday, July 4 and Monday, September 2. 

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