In Henderson, We Race More Than Horses


Sound the bugle, opening weekend at Ellis Park is here! Ellis Park Racing in Henderson, Kentucky has a summer full of special events and live thoroughbred horse racing, and it all starts this weekend on Saturday July 1.

Horse history has deep roots in Kentucky, in fact Ellis Park is almost a century old (95 years to be exact)! The special events at Ellis Park help keep the history alive, and also provide fans with educational opportunities and up-close action that entertains all ages. Did we mention that all admission and parking is free? The racetrack gates are open Fridays through Sundays at 10:00 a.m. July 1 – September 4, racing will also be taking place on July 3-4 and on Labor Day (September 2nd is the only day where there is no racing).

We can’t wait for you, your family, and friends to spend a summer at the races! We’ve highlighted all the special events and weekly promotions so that you don’t miss a beat, scroll for more information!

Image by COADY Photography

Image by COADY Photography

Special Events July:

July 1 – Opening Day

July 3-4 – Racing on Independence Day

July 8  – Camel & Ostrich Races

July 16 – College Laptop Giveaway Drawings

July 22 – Hamster-Ball Races & Sheriff Child Identity Day

July 23 – Henderson Scholarship and Town Day

July 29 – Union County Day

July 30 – Furniture Day

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Special Events August:

August 4 – Gentlemen’s Day

August 4 – Hole-in-One $10,000 Contest

August 5 – Sheriff Child Identity Day

August 5 & 12 Wiener Dog Racing Trials

(August 26 – Wiener Dog Race Finals)

August 12 – Ladies Day

August 13 – Groupie Doll Day

August 18 – Entrepreneurial Business Day

August 20 – St. Jude Giveback Day

August 20 – Mascot Day

August 20 – Ellis Park Juvenile & Debutante Day

August 26 – Sheriff Child Identity Day

August 26 – Wiener Dog Race Finals

August 27 – Frey Farm Day (get your watermelon)

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Special Events September & Post Meet:

September 3 – Hayride Around the Horse Track

September 3 – Frey Farm Day

September 4 – Hayride Around the Horse Track

September 4 Frey Farm Day

September 4 – Fan Appreciation and Closing Day

September 9 – Drone Racing

September 9 – Craft Beer Festival

September 15 – Pumpkin Patch Starts

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Other Events, Dates To Be Announced:

Handicapping Contest

The Making of a Racehorse

Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance Day

What would you do for $1,000 Day

Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund Day

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Weekly Promotions During Live Meet:

Fridays: Meet the Announcer

Saturdays: Free Handicapping Seminar, Junior Jockey Activities

Sundays: Value Days (discounted beer, hotdogs, sodas and more!), Kids Race on the Horse Track


Experience More at Ellis Park:

Reserved Seating in Sky Theatre, Clubhouse, or Grandstand Box

Turf Club Membership and season tables available in Sky Theater and Clubhouse

Dining Reservations

Large Group Reservations


Races, Wagering & Winnings:

Live Racing July-Labor Day: Gates open at 11:00 a.m. Post Time is at 12:50 p.m.

Stakes Races: July 8, July 22, August 13, & August 20.

Multi-horse wager minimums: 10-cent superfecta; 50-cent trifecta, Pick 3, Pick 4, Pick 5; $1 exacta, Super High Five

Simulcasting: Betting on horse racing 7 days a week year-round, including Saratoga and Del Mar

Gaming Promotions: Click here to see more


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