Monday, April 02 2012


Declines Mark Turfway Winter/Spring Meet


FLORENCE, Ky., April 2, 2012 – Turfway closed out its 2012 winter/spring meet on April 1 with declines in both on-track and all sources handle.

On-track play on Turfway races for the meet that began January 1 totaled $4,716,469, down 16.5 percent from last year’s winter/spring meet. All sources handle dropped 11.2 percent to $81,862,052.





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Friday, March 23 2012


Vinery Spiral Stakes Undercard Stakes Come Up Competitive


FLORENCE, Ky., March 22, 2012 – The Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes (G3) at Turfway Park Saturday is well supported by three undercard stakes, the Bourbonette Oaks (G3), one mile for 3-year-old fillies; the Rushaway Stakes, 1 1/16 miles for 3-year-olds; and the Hansel Stakes, 6 furlongs for 3-year-olds. All three boast competitive fields.

Bourbonette Oaks

New York-based trainer John Terranova is shipping in a pair of 3-year-old fillies for the undercard stakes, and both are the morning line favorite in their respective races.





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Thursday, March 22 2012


Heavy Breathing Favored in Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes


FLORENCE, Ky., March 22, 2012 – Oddsmaker Mike Battaglia has made Todd Pletcher’s Heavy Breathing the 3-1 favorite for the $500,000 Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes (G3) at Turfway on Saturday.

Went the Day Well, trained by last year’s winning trainer Graham Motion, and Handsome Mike, Doug O’Neill’s California shipper, are co-second choice at 4-1.





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Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes Draws Full Field


FLORENCE, Ky., March 22, 2012 – The gate will be full for the $500,000 Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes (G3) at Turfway on Saturday, with an even dozen set to go in the 1 1/8-mile prep for the Kentucky Derby (G1).

The Spiral Stakes picked up its final contender in All Squared Away, trained by Peter Miller.





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Wednesday, March 21 2012


Pletcher Takes Two Shots at Third Spiral Stakes Win Entries to be Drawn Thursday Morning


FLORENCE, Ky., March 21, 2012 – Trainer Todd Pletcher, who won the Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes in 2001 with Balto Star and in 2005 with Flower Alley, will be looking for his third win in the race when he sends out the uncoupled duo of Heavy Breathing and Holiday Promise.

Heavy Breathing has been perfect thus far in his career, registering a pair of main track victories at Gulfstream Park this year. But Pletcher is eager to see the son of Giant’s Causeway perform over Turfway’s all-weather surface.





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Tuesday, March 20 2012


Big Field Likely for Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes


FLORENCE, Ky., March 19, 2012 – The field for the Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes (G3) at Turfway Park this Saturday is expected to fill or nearly fill the gate as trainers solidify plans for their Kentucky Derby hopefuls. The race’s $500,000 purse virtually assures the winner a spot in the Derby gate, as proved true for the 2011 Spiral Stakes and Kentucky Derby winner, Animal Kingdom.

Mr. Prankster won the first two local preps for this year’s Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes, racing first at 6 1/2 furlongs and then at a mile, but he finished fourth in the third prep, the 1 1/16-mile John Battaglia Memorial on March 3. Trainer Mike Maker looks for him to rebound this Saturday.





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Wednesday, March 07 2012


Hansen Back at Turfway, Will School in the Paddock Friday


FLORENCE, Ky., March 7, 2012 – Eclipse champion and Kentucky Derby contender Hansen will school in the paddock at Turfway Park on Friday evening between the sixth and seventh races, according to the colt’s breeder and majority owner, Kendall Hansen, M.D.

Hansen is expected to be in the paddock around 8:00 p.m





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Monday, February 27 2012


Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes Nominations Rise 27%


FLORENCE, Ky., Feb. 26, 2012 – The 41st running of the $500,000 Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes (G3) at Turfway Park closed Friday with 166 nominations, announced Racing Secretary Rick Leigh. The number represents a 26.7 percent increase over nominations received in 2011.

Graham Motion, who won the Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes last year with eventual Kentucky Derby (G1) and Eclipse Award winner Animal Kingdom, has nominated five this year. Among them are four for last year’s winning owner Team Valor International, including Lucky Chappy, fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G3) and runner-up by a nose in the El Camino Real (G3); Howe Great, last-out winner of the Kitten’s Joy Stakes; and State of Play, winner last fall of the With Anticipation (G3) and probable for the John Battaglia Memorial Stakes at Turfway on March 3.





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Saturday, February 25 2012


Lotta Lovin Looks for Prep Sweep in Valdale Stakes


FLORENCE, Ky., Feb. 24, 2011 – Lotta Lovin takes her final step toward the Bourbonette Oaks (G3) as she heads the field for Saturday’s $50,000 Valdale Stakes at Turfway Park.

The Valdale, one mile for 3-year-old fillies, is the third local prep for the March 24 Bourbonette Oaks, itself a prep for the Kentucky Oaks (G1). Lotta Lovin already scored the first two preps, taking the Gowell in December to end her 2-year-old campaign and the Cincinnati Trophy in January to begin her 3-year-old season. The Valdale will be her first try at two turns, but she won the 6 1/2 furlong Cincinnati Trophy by a seven easy lengths under leading and returning rider Victor Lebron for leading trainer Mike Maker.





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Sunday, February 12 2012


Whisked Away Upsets Likely Exchange


FLORENCE, Ky., Feb. 11, 2012 – Whisked Away upset the $50,000 Likely Exchange Stakes at Turfway Park Saturday, earning her first trophy and giving trainer Rowena Beck her first stakes win with her first stakes entry. Luis Martinez Jr. was aboard.

Whisked Away left the inside post at 15-1, fifth choice in the field of nine older fillies and mares. She finished 1 1/4 lengths ahead of runner-up Hot Hot Mama, who was a neck better than La Gran Bailadora in third. Final time for the mile was 1:40.88.





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Second Mount, First Win for Jockey Marcelino Torres


FLORENCE, Ky., Feb. 11, 2012 – Apprentice jockey Marcelino Torres earned his first career win Saturday with just his second mount, guiding Luckie Chuckie from off the pace to win Turfway Park’s fifth race by 5 3/4 lengths for trainer Byron Hughes.

Born in Guerrero, Mexico, the 23-year-old Torres came to the United States in 2010 at the suggestion of his uncle, exercise rider Concepcion Torres. He joined the elder Torres at the Thoroughbred Training Center in Lexington, grooming horses for trainer John Langemeier. Two of Marcelino’s younger brothers, Ernesto and Omar, also gallop horses at the Training Center and after just two months under his uncle’s tutelage Marcelino joined their ranks.





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Sunday, February 05 2012


Mr. Prankster Gets the Distance in WEBN Stakes


FLORENCE, Ky., Feb. 4, 2012 – Mr. Prankster emphatically answered the two-turn question Saturday, closing strongly and drawing off to win the one-mile WEBN Stakes at Turfway Park by 7 1/2 lengths. Phantom Fury was second, 2 1/4 lengths better than Magical Season in third. Final time was 1:39.18.

In his only previous route race, the Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club at Churchill, Mr. Prankster was a thoroughly beaten last of 11. That race was in November, however, a lifetime ago in the development of a young colt.





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