Ellis Parks owner is expecting one of the best summers ever. The first live meet at Ellis Park kicks off in about two weeks, but racing fans will have to cross the unions picket lines to get in. Mutuel clerk workers have been on strike for 169 days and say theyll continue for as long as it takes. Theyre picketing to get their old contracts back with higher pay and better benefits. They say Ellis Parks summer meets will struggle without their experience, but owner, Ron Geary, isnt worried. The success of this summer is crucial to the future of the track and even the community. Geary says the summer meet at Ellis Park helps pump $60 million back into the tri-states economy.