Churchill Downs’ acquisition of Ellis Park Racing and Gaming in Henderson, Kentucky reflects the growing number of mergers across the US among racetracks, racetracks and casinos, and casinos with other casinos. Some years back, Ellis racetrack closed for one year due to declining profitability, yet after new ownership took over and a gaming center was added, it began a rebound in earnings (Courier and Press 2008). The $75 million that Churchill Downs plans to spend to transform Ellis Park (Schulz 2022) will have a much bigger impact than the construction, revamping, and expansion of park facilities. This is in addition to the current economic impact that the existing park has on the Evansville, Indiana Metro Area.
Lambert, Thomas E., "The Economic Impact of Buying and Redeveloping Ellis Park by Churchill Downs" (2022). Faculty Scholarship. 860.