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Horse race dedicated to murdered Bardstown officer

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Churchill Downs dedicated the third race, "the Jason Ellis Memorial Race," to the murdered officer. Churchill Downs dedicated the third race, "the Jason Ellis Memorial Race," to the murdered officer.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Fallen Bardstown Police Officer Jason Ellis would have turned 34-years-old on Sunday.  Back in May, Officer Ellis was ambushed.  He was shot to death on a Bluegrass Parkway off-ramp.   

At Churchill Downs, the track paid respect to him and his family.  Churchill Downs dedicated the third race, "the Jason Ellis Memorial Race," to the murdered officer.  
 
Officials said they just wanted to show their support for a man and a family that have sacrificed so much for the community.  Churchill Downs also donated two suites to Amy Ellis, the officer's wife, and their two sons, Parker and Hunter, to watch the race.  
 
Churchill Downs' President Kevin Flanery said, "We were happy to give a small token of our appreciation to the family and our thoughts and prayers are with them and the entire law enforcement community who put themselves at stake for the rest of us every day."

The winner of the Jason Ellis Memorial Race was the horse Delago.  The winning jockey was Roberto Morales.  Amy Ellis presented the jockey with a trophy.  Churchill Downs presented her with a $1,000 check.  The event was coordinated by the Fraternal Order of Police.  Lodge President Ramon Pineiroa said, "Our mission now is to never forget Jason."

Officer John Snellen became tearful just thinking about his friend and colleague.  He said, "He should probably be having cake and ice cream with his wife and kids and family and that's not going to happen but that's what should've been happening."

A spokesman with the Kentucky State Police says there has not been a break in the case.

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