Churchill in agreement to acquire Ellis Park

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Churchill Downs has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Ellis Park Racing and Gaming in Henderson, Kentucky, from Enchantment Holdings for $79m.

The deal is subject to certain working capital and other purchase price adjustments. Churchill will also assume Ellis Park’s opportunity to construct a track extension facility in Owensboro, Kentucky.

“This is an exciting announcement for the horse racing industry, the cities of Henderson and Owensboro and the entire Commonwealth of Kentucky,” said Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear.

“Churchill Downs has proven it has the experience, resources and desire to reinvigorate Ellis Park into a premier racing destination and provide unmatched gaming entertainment.”

Ellis Park, located north of the Ohio River and just south of Evansville, Indiana, celebrated 100 years of racing this year. In addition to being recognised as the historic home of summer thoroughbred racing in Kentucky, Ellis Park also features a gaming facility venue with approximately 300 historical racing machines.

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“We are very enthused to welcome Ellis Park to the Churchill Downs racing family,” said CEO Bill Carstanjen. “Our team is committed to building a summer meet at the ‘Pea Patch’ that keeps more Kentucky-bred horses and Kentucky-based trainers’ in their home state while attracting top horse racing talent from across the country to the Bluegrass State each July and August.

“This investment will ensure our Kentucky horsemen and women have the best year-round racing circuit in the country and create jobs throughout the region and state. Churchill Downs is a great corporate citizen and an important part of Team Kentucky.”

The closing of the transaction is contingent upon approval by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission. If change of control is approved, the parties expect to close the transaction shortly thereafter.

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