08/03/2009 11:00PM

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The Kentucky Racing Commission on Tuesday approved a request by Ellis Park to add five dates, all Fridays, to its 2009 meeting, which ends Sept. 7. Ellis will now race on Aug. 7, 14, 21, and 28, as well as Sept. 4. . . . Arlington Park has been accredited by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association s Safety and Integrity Alliance, the alliance announced Tuesday. To be accrediteda racetrack must comply with requirements developed by the alliance in a variety of areas considered to be important to safety. . . . Henry Pabst, the owner of several top-class horses, including Grade 1 winners Earl of Barking and Laramie Moon, died on Aug. 2 at his home in St. Paul, Minn., at the age of 87, according to reports. Pabst also owned two Kentucky Derby starters: Halo Sunshine, who finished fourth in 1996, and Keats, who finished 16th of 17 in 2001. . . . Sheltowee Farm in Paris, Ky., has formed what it termed a "strategic alliance" with Three Chimneys Farm in Midway, Ky., and will expand onto property adjacent to Three Chimneys with a new boarding, sales preparation, quarantine, and rehabilitation facility. Three Chimneys will assist Sheltowee with some administrative support in Woodford County, and Sheltowee will consign horses through Three Chimneys. The Midway division of Sheltowee will operate under the name of Sheltowee Woodford, said owner Mike Evans. . . . Steve Castagnola, the director of client development at Taylor Made Sales, has departed the Nicholasville, Ky., operation to establish his own bloodstock operation, Kempton Bloodstock. Castagnola will buy and sell horses at public auction and in the private market, among other services. . . . Elizabeth Harris, the executive director of Thoroughbred Charities of America since 2004, has been named vice president of communications for Churchill Downs Inc. Harris will replace Kevin Flanery, who was promoted to president of Churchill Downs racetrack in July.