Ron Geary: Saratoga a natural fit for Ellis Park

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The sale of Ellis Park is set to close soon, and representatives of the new owner were in town on Friday on a “fact finding mission.”

Saratoga Casino and Hotel is purchasing the race track.

The casino has held a 30% share the past several years.

A team from Saratoga is in town evaluating the facility and the operations.

Current owner Ron Geary is retiring and said Saratoga was a natural fit to purchase his share in the ownership.

Geary said he’s pleased with Ellis’ progress.

“It’s been really amazing where we’ve come from,” said Geary, “It was right after the tornado that had hit – had a lot of damage. We were still repairing some of that so that brought back some really sentimental issues.”

Saratoga officials said no changes will be made in the immediate future and no jobs are in jeopardy.

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(This story was originally published July 20, 2018)

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