Kentucky Horse Racing Commission
Ellis Park to offer $1.4 million in purses for KTDF eligible horses during the 2010 summer meet.

Press Release Date:  Friday, April 23, 2010  
Contact Information:  Dick Brown
(502) 564-5525
Jamie Eads
(859) 246-2040

The Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund (KTDF) advisory committee has voted to approve Ellis Park’s KTDF allotments for the 2010 summer meet.  Ellis Park will offer $1.4 million in KTDF purses for KTDF-eligible horses during the summer meet. 

The increased purses allow for Ellis Park to offer $30,000 Maiden races, up from $25,000 last year; and Allowance races up to $38,000, an increase of $5,500 to $9,500 per race over last year, depending on allowance conditions.  For the first time, Ellis Park will pay KTDF funds for first through last place finishers on KTDF-eligible horses instead of the traditional first through fourth place finishers.

“The committee was delighted with Ellis Park’s proposed KTDF allotments. Increased purses for both Maiden and Allowance races allow for Ellis to compete with Arlington Park and the Indiana tracks.  The committee hopes the increased purses, coupled with the payout percentages through last place, will entice our horsemen to remain in Kentucky and race in Kentucky.” said Dr. J. David Richardson, chairman of the KTDF Advisory Committee.

The meet opens July 10, 2010 and will have live racing for 27 days through Labor Day, Sept. 6, 2010.  The first condition book will be ready in early May.  For more information on racing at Ellis Park contact (800) 333-8110 or visit

The Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund is administered by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) and consists of money allocated to the fund through an excise tax imposed on all tracks conducting pari-mutuel wagering under the jurisdiction of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.  The KTDF Advisory Committee is charged with establishing guidelines for which the purses are to be administered to promote, enhance, improve and encourage development of thoroughbred breeding in Kentucky.  The Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association is recognized as the sole official registrar for the KTDF.  For questions regarding the registrar or to nominate to the KTDF, please contact the KTA-KTOB at 859-381-1414 or visit