Race Tracks

Kentucky Race Track Chaplaincy is an ongoing ministry serving the workers at five major tracks in the state–Churchill Downs, Turfway Park, Belterra Park, Ellis Park, Kentucky Downs.

Churchill Downs

Christ Chapel
700 Central Avenue
Louisville, KY 40208

Chaplaincy Associate Daisy Baez

Chaplain Joseph Del Rosario

Churchill Downs, located in Louisville, is home to the Kentucky Derby since 1875. Workers at this historic track are served by the year-round interdenominational ministry of KRTC. Most activity focuses on the “backside” of the track where the thoroughbreds are stabled. Since 2006, this ministry has benefited from Christ Chapel, constructed on land donated by the track with funding from community donations. A host of volunteers help to distribute clothing bi-weekly, and to provide meals before weekly worship.

Ellis Park

3300 U.S. Highway 41 North
Henderson, KY 42420


Chaplain Ron Crawford

Ellis Park, located next to the Ohio River in Henderson, Kentucky, was built in 1922 by the Green River Jockey Club. The KRTC ministry began after the turn of the century, supported by congregations from neighboring counties.

Kentucky Downs, located in Franklin next to the Tennessee line, has an abbreviated meet for historic racing after Labor Day. This course is unique for its European-styled, non-oval, all-turf track, and one of only two tracks in North America to feature a right turn.

Turfway Park & Belterra Park

Turfway Park
7500 Turfway Road
Florence, KY 41042
Belterra Park
6401 Kellogg Road
Cincinnati, OH 45230

Chaplain Pavel Urruchi

Turfway Park, located in Florence near Cincinnati, has promoted thoroughbred racing since 1883. In 2005 it was the first track to install polytrack, a synthetic racing surface. Live meets are exclusively at night in the winter months

Belterra Park is next to the Ohio River in Hamilton Country across from Kentucky. Known by other names its inception in 1925, the track was recently renovated.


Chaplain Daniel Hatfield, Ph.D.