HENDERSON, Ky. (WFIE) - The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has approved a request to make opening day July 2 at Ellis Park.
The first day of live racing was originally set for June 28.
However, Ellis Park asked the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission to move the date back four days to ensure that all health and safety protocols are carefully met in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
“It’s win-win for everybody, including the state and Kentucky horsemen picking up an additional day of racing,” General Manager Jeff Inman said.
Ellis Park will not be able to accommodate spectators in the grandstand or outdoor areas until receiving approval from Gov. Andy Beshear’s office.
Ellis Park will now run July 2 through the 5, then be dark the following week to allow Keeneland to run July 8 through the 12. Ellis Park then resumes its Friday-Sunday schedule on July 17, running through Aug. 30.