Ellis Park will close for simulcasting after the Breeders' Cup until next spring, the Henderson racetrack announced late Tuesday.
The track will close at the end of business Nov. 8 and reopen April 1. Racing resumes July 10 and runs through Labor Day, Sept. 6, the dates approved by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on Tuesday.
According to track owner Ron Geary, about 75 full- and part-time jobs on the frontside and backside of the track will be affected.
"While the closing of the track comes as no surprise to some, it was still a very difficult decision to make," Geary said in a news release. "We will do whatever it takes to assist our employees during this difficult time and hope that many of them will return in April."
Geary originally said Ellis would shut down after the state legislature failed to approve slots at racetracks in June, but on Tuesday, Geary said he was able to apply for the three-day-a-week race meet because Kentucky horsemen had agreed to "designation of some one-time, non-recurring funds to create satisfactory purses for 2010."
Geary said he will continue to lobby for video lottery terminals.
"I still believe the only way to salvage Kentucky's horse industry is to do what other states have already proved to be successful, and that is to add VLTs to the racetracks," Geary said. "We have to keep fighting in order to keep jobs, revenue and the tradition of the horse industry in the great state of Kentucky."