Ellis Park Selections: Day 1–Friday, July 8, 2022

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Ellis Park begins its 2022 meet on Friday, July 8 in Henderson, KY. Coady Photography

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Eight-Race Card Kicks Off 2022 Ellis Meet

Final Belle
The Estate of Edward A. Cox, Jr.’s Final Belle is the 9-5 morning line choice in the sixth race at Ellis Park on July 8. Coglianese Photos/Lauren King

An eight-race program is on the docket at Ellis Park on Friday, July 8, as the Henderson, KY racetrack not only kicks off its 23-day 2022 meet, but also celebrates its 100 year anniversary.

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

The featured seventh race on the program is a $40,000 optional claiming, “money since” allowance contest for three-year-olds and upward sprinting six-furlongs on the main track.

Nathan Hayden’s Here Mi Song, second in his last start at Keeneland on April 16, is the 9-5 morning line favorite in a field that attracted seven entrants. Jockey Marcelino Pedroza, Jr. will be astride the gray son of Cross Traffic for trainer Hal Stinson.

Cox, Hernandez, Jr. Return To Defend Titles

Brian Hernandez, Jr.
Jockey Brian Hernandez, Jr., who won the 2021 riding title at Ellis Park, has four mounts on opening day of the 2022 meet at the Pea Patch on July 8. Coady Photography

Jockey Brian Hernandez, Jr., who was the leading rider at Ellis Park in 2021 with 27 wins, and trainer Brad Cox, who took home top training honors with 23 victories, will be back to defend their respective titles at the Pea Patch in 2022.

Hernandez, Jr. is named on four horses on the opening day program; Cox does not have an entrant on the card.

Racing will be conducted in the Ti-City Area July 8-August 28, Fridays through Sundays. There will be no racing on August 13 to accommodate one day of racing at Churchill Downs.

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