Ellis Park Selections, Day 1–Thursday, July 2, 2020

New Day Dawning
Joseph E. Besecker’s New Day Dawning returns to the main track in the seventh race at Ellis Park on Thursday, July 2. Photo By: artilespascualf/VideoHipico

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Pea Patch Kicks Off 2020 With Nine-Race Card

Cashanova
Steve Landers Racing, LLC’s Cashanova will try to win his second consecutive start when he goes postward in the featured sixth race at Ellis Park on July 2. Photo By: Coady Photography

Ellis Park’s 2020 “Runhappy” meeting, with daily purses averaging $250,000, begins on Thursday, July 2 with a nine-race program on the docket.

Post time for the first race is 12:50 P.M. (Central).

The sixth race on the program–the nominal feature–is a $40,000 optional claiming, “money since” allowance event for three-years-old and upward slated for an eight and one half-furlong trip on the turf.

Steve Landers Racing, LLC’s Cashanova, a winner of his last start at Churchill Downs on June 18, is the 5-2 morning line choice in a field that attracted eight entrants. Jockey Florent Geroux has the call on the bay son of Twirling Candy for trainer Brad Cox.

Asmussen, Graham Back To Defend Titles

James Graham
Jockey James Graham won the 2019 riding title at Ellis Park. Photo By: EquiSport

Jockey James Graham, who was the leading rider at Ellis Park in 2019 with 26 wins, and trainer Steve Asmussen, who was the top trainer with 24 victories, will be back to defend their respective titles at the “Pea Patch” in 2020.

Graham is named on seven horses on the opening day program, while Assmussen, who will try to annex his third title At Ellis Park in the past four years, has three entrants on the card.

Racing will be conducted in Henderson, Ky. July 2-August 30, Fridays through Sundays in addition to Thursday, July 2. There will be no racing July 10-12 to accommodate Keeneland’s make-up summer meet.

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