02/02/2007 12:00AM

Claiming Crown adds twist to schedule


Ellis Park has released its 2007 stakes schedule, featuring the Claiming Crown series and the "Big Four" program anchored by the Gardenia Handicap.

The $575,000 Claiming Crown, normally held at Canterbury Park in Minnesota, is being run for the first time in Kentucky. The seven-race program is scheduled for Aug. 4.

The Grade 3, $150,000 Gardenia, the lone graded race at the Henderson, Ky., track, is one of four stakes to be run Aug. 18.

The 2007 meet runs from July 4 through Sept. 3 and will be the first under new owner Ron Geary and new racing secretary Dan Bork.