Ellis Park opens its 30&#45;day summer meet on July 2, meaning there is a one&#45;day overlap in the state&rsquo;s racing schedule. Ellis, as always, will race in the afternoon on that Saturday, while Churchill will host an evening card. Ellis then will race July 3 and 4, with the first stakes, the $50,000 Ellis Park Turf, set for July 9.Ellis, owned by Louisville businessman Ron Geary, has hired Jennie Rees, the longtime former racing writer for the Louisville Courier&#45;Journal, as a part&#45;time communications consultant. The result will be more publicity out of Ellis than in prior years, including a media event held this week at the track.Among the latest announcements from Ellis is the hiring of Megan Devine, a graduate of the University of Louisville equine program, as the television racing analyst. Jimmy McNerney remains the race&#45;caller.