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Racing community grateful Ellis Park is saved

Racing community grateful Ellis Park is savedSay what you wish about Ron Geary, the hockey team owner who unsuccessfully attempted to move the Evansville IceMen to Owensboro in 2016. But just about everyone, it seems, has nice things to say about Ron Geary, the horse racing track owner. Geary became the face of an ownership group that purchased Henderson’s Ellis Park from Churchill Downs back in 2006. The thoroughbred racing facility was ailing at the time, draining Churchill’s resources. But it prospered under Geary.
“The track is 100 percent better than when he bought it,” local horse owner Randy Sellers said. “The purses are better; we have quality races. I like what he did with it.”
Geary has been given the OK by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission to sell his 70 percent ownership stake. Saratoga Casino and Hospitality Group, which purchased a 30 percent stake from Geary in 2012, will assume full ownership once a purchase agreement is reached in the coming days.
Sitting on the sliver of Kentucky north of the Ohio River, Ellis Park is offering a record $230,000 per day in purses for its current 30-date meet, up from $210,000 last year. That, in part, is because Geary was forward-thinking by implementing Historical Horse Racing, which allows betters to gamble on previously-run races, thus bringing in more revenue.
Ron Geary


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