09/28/2006 11:00PM

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Churchill Downs Inc. has closed its sale of Ellis Park in western Kentucky to Ron Geary, a Louisville businessman, the company announced Friday. The terms were undisclosed, but Churchill officials have said in the past that they retained the right to partner with Geary in a casino at Ellis if slot machines are legalized at tracks in the state. . . . Keeneland will employ a 72-hour entry rule for its fall race meeting, which begins Friday. Exceptions will be a Saturday close for Wednesday races and a Sunday close for Thursday races.