Ron Geary Predicts Ellis Park Will Have the Best Meet Ever

first_imgEllis Park president Ron Geary, well-versed as a horse player and handicapper, is betting that this summer will be his best meet since buying the track nestled on the Ohio River in 2006.In fact, by featuring enhanced purses for horsemen, restoration of a 2-year-old stakes and continued player-focused emphasis, Geary expects the 30-date session that runs July 2-Sept. 5 to be the strongest in more than 20 years.“We’ll have one of the best meets we’ve ever had,” Geary said. “We had almost 8.3 horses per race last year, and we think we’ll have an opportunity to improve on that this year. The momen-tum has been building for this for several months and now it’s looking like reality, which is ex-tremely exciting.’Thanks to burgeoning business with its Instant Racing parimutuel games and a $1.35 million contribution by Kentucky Downs, Ellis Park’s races will offer purses averaging $210,000 a dayfor its 30-date summer meet, Geary said. That’s up from $155,000 a year ago at the 1 1/8-mile track nicknamed “the Pea Patch” because of its signature soybeans growing in the infield.“I’m incredibly pumped about our upcoming meet – it will be outstanding,” said racing secretaryDan Bork. “I think we’ll have a great number of quality horses running here. More people are interested in running with us than ever before, and our jockey colony shapes up as its strongest ever. With Ellis becoming stronger in the summer, it also helps the whole circuit.”Maiden races for Kentucky-bred horses (the majority of horses racing) will have pots of $38,000 – up $9,000 from last year, while allowance races will range from $39,000 to $42,000, including the supplements from the Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund for horses born and sired in the commonwealth.“Those numbers are going to make me seriously consider whether it’s worth going to Saratoga or Del Mar,” said Louisville-based trainer Dale Romans, whose two-time Grade 1 winner Brody’s Cause first raced at Ellis Park. “l just hope more people don’t start staying behind and it gets tougher to break a maiden at Ellis. I mean, Brody did get beat at Ellis.“A lot of horses get beat in 2-year-old races and go on to be top horses. It’s the time of year for2-year-olds to get started, seems the most productive. And it’s a good safe racetrack to get started on. With this kind of money, I’ll definitely leave more horses in Kentucky this summer.”Scott Blasi, chief assistant to newly-elected Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen, said the en-hanced money makes Ellis an alternative starting point for quality horses.“It will give you a good option for horses that aren’t quite ready to go to Saratoga yet, that are still here in the development stage,” Blasi said.The stakes schedule is highlighted by the $100,000 Groupie Doll for fillies and mares at a mile.The Grade 3 stakes was renamed for the 2012-2013 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint and two-time Eclipse Award champion who raced three times at the track, including victory in the 2011 stakes and third in 2013 when it was known as the Gardenia.Also on that Aug. 6 card is the return of the $75,000 Ellis Park Juvenile, giving Kentucky a much-needed 2-year-old stakes in the summer. The seven-furlong Juvenile promises to be well-populated, given the strength of Ellis’ maiden races, which last year launched Brody’s Cause (winner of Keeneland’s Grade 1 Breeders’ Futurity last fall and Blue Grass this spring), Grade 2 winners Venus Valentine and Dothraki Queen, Grade 3 winner MO Tom and G2 Fair Grounds Oaks runner-up Dream Dance.Ellis Park’s juvenile program also produced future Breeders’ Cup winners Cat Thief (Classic), Boston Harbor (Juvenile) and Caressing (Juvenile Fillies), older male champion Lawyer Ron and Grade 1 winners Noble’s Promise, Request for Parole, Turallure, Pure Fun, Pure Clan, Ja-va’s War and Richter Scale.“I’m thrilled,” said Kenny McPeek, trainer of Noble’s Promise, Java’s War and Pure Fun and whose five wins with 2-year-olds led the 2015 Ellis meet “We’re going to point a bunch of younghorses there. It’s right up our alley, and it gives us more motivation to keep these horses local.”Said Ron Moquett: “Ellis has always been a pet meet of mine. We love Ellis. Now that they’ve got the money working the right direction, it’s enough to make our owners run more horsesthere. I’ll leave some good horses here to try to run. The Pea Patch just got very interesting.Instant Racing wagering at Ellis set a record each of the past three months, including April’s $7.17 million, according to Kentucky Horse Racing Commission statistics.“The last couple of years now, we’ve started to have very significant growth, about 50 percent a year,” Geary said. “Every dollar that’s bet on Instant Racing, a portion goes to the purse fund. The parimutuel taxes on Instant Racing contribute to getting extra money to the Kentucky Thor-oughbred Development Fund. Between those, it’s really done well.As part of the tracks’ strengthening relationship, Kentucky Downs is marketing and distributing Ellis’ simulcast signal nationally. The all-grass track in Franklin, which pioneered parimutuel wa-gering on historical horse racing in the commonwealth, also is transferring $1.35 million to Ellis for purses to help build the circuit — an arrangement endorsed by the Kentucky division of theHorsemen’s Benevolent & Protective Association, the group representing the state’s owners and trainers. When Churchill Downs balked at any overlapping days between its Septembermeet and Kentucky Downs, Geary resolved the thorny situation by giving Sept. 3 — the Satur-day before Labor Day — to Kentucky Downs for its opener. Ellis’ closing weekend is Sept. 2, 4 and 5.“We were trying to make it a win-win,” said Geary, whose minority partner in Ellis is Saratoga Harness Racing Inc. “And I think it did. I think it will work out really well and help the circuit be stronger during the summer and the fall.“The last several years we’ve worked hard to get the track in the best shape. We put down 2,000 tons of sand and clay this year on top of what we did two years ago. And we’ve worked hard on getting our turf in top shape. The horsemen like that their horses leave here in greatshape. We’ve had some outstanding horses going on to national accomplishments after startingright here at little Ellis Park.”Ellis Park condition book:htt ://www.e uibase.com/ remium/e bHorsemenAreaDownloadAction.cfm?sn=CB-ELP-20160702-20160731DFor more information, contact Ellis Park racing secretary Dan Bork at [email protected] Park’s 2016 summer meet at a glanceLocation: 3300 US-41 , Henderson KY.Dates: July 2-Sept. 5 (30 days), Fridays through Sundays, plus Mondays July 4 and Sept. 5. Noracing Saturday, Sept. 3.Post time: 12:50 p.m. CT/1:50 p.m. ET.General admission: free. Reserved seating in Sky Theatre and Clubhouse.Parking: free; valet availableMulti-horse wager minimums: 10-cent superfecta; 50-cent trifecta, Pick 3, Pick 4, Pick 5; $1 exacta, Super High Five.Stakes: July 9 – $50,000 Ellis Park Turf, fillies & mares 3yos & up, 1 1/16 miles (turf). July 16 –$50,000 Don Bernhardt Memorial, 3yo & up, 6 1/2 furlongs. Aug. 6 – $100,000 Groupie Doll (G3), fillies & mares 3yos & up, mile; $75,000 Ellis Park Juvenile, 2yos, 7 furlongs. Sept. 5 -$50,000 Cliff Guilliams Handicap, 3yo & up, 1 1/16 miles (turf).FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Progress being made on three Health Centres

first_imgDeputy Pat the Cope Gallagher has welcomed the progress being made on three different health centres within the county.The confirmation came from the HSE that centres for Dunfanaghy and Donegal Town are being progressed through Public/Private Partnerships while a new health centre for Burtonport has been approved and will be located in a newly refurbished state of the art building at the pier.Deputy Gallagher said this is all welcome news as each of these communities greatly require new facilities for the delivery of health services – from GP facilities to community nursing to speech and language services. He added that a new health centre at Dunfanaghy is urgently required and today’s confirmation that a PP contract is to be awarded certainly is welcomed news.Donegal Town has also been approved for a new Health Centre through a PP contract and works will now progress through planning to construction stage.He said “These centres will provide all the needed facilities that a modern day health centre must have in order to meet the needs and demands of their respective communities.“The centre in Burtonport is in the final stages as a great deal of work has been carried out on the building. The new centre is ideally located and finished to a very high standard which will be of immense benefit to the area.” The Fianna Fail deputy added it is only right that the HSE invest heavily in these centres, for many it is these health centres which are the first port of call in order to receive healthcare, be that the local GP, Community nurse, language therapy or other vital health care services.“I have worked closely with others in order to get these projects progressed to today’s stage. Funding for health centres is solid and worthwhile investments in health care and today’s confirmation is good news for Dunfanaghy, Burtonport and Donegal Town,” concluded Pat the Cope.Progress being made on three Health Centres was last modified: March 16th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalhealth centreslast_img read more

Shveta Salve’s baby bump steals the show in this awesome photo shoot

first_imgLeft Right Left actress Shveta Salve is making it a point to revel in the glory of her first pregnancy.The actress, who has not shied away from walking the ramp or donning a bikini while being pregnant, has now gone ahead and done a pregnancy photo shoot and it’s awesome.Titled Blooming, the series of pictures has been captured by photographer Monisha Ajgaonkar of The Photo Diary.Salve is rocking her pregnancy and how. Picture courtesy: Facebook/The Photo DiaryAlso Read: When Shveta Salve showed-off her baby bump for the first time From monochrome to a riot of colours–the set of photographs encompass the beauty, emotion and power of childbirth.Also Read: Shveta Salve’s wedding album is all kinds of perfect Describing her vision and the experience of working with Salve, Ajgaonkar told Vagabomb, “Shveta as a person is bold, dynamic and full of life, and I felt that her pregnancy only accentuated all of that. And that is exactly what I wanted to highlight–motherhood as being liberating, rather that inhibiting.”Monochrome and colours–Salve is slaying it in all forms. Picture courtesy: Facebook/ The Photo DiaryThe report further states that the outfits donned by Salve are from Salt by Mandira Bedi, the styling has been done by Kavya D’Souza and Ridhima Sharma is responsible for the stunning makeup.Watch some more shots here.Salve is seen sporting clothes from Salt by Mandira Bedi. Picture courtesy: Facebook/The Photo DiaryTitled Blooming, the series lives upto every bit of its name. Picture courtesy: Facebook/The Photo Diaryadvertisementlast_img read more