Saturday, September 22 2012


Jockey Enriquez Gets First U.S. Win


FLORENCE, Ky., Sept. 21, 2012 – Jockey Juan E. Enriquez won his first race in the U.S. Friday, guiding Divine Ambition to an eight-length win in the ninth race at Turfway Park, a six-furlong maiden special that was the colt’s debut.

A native of Lima, Peru, 18-year-old Enriquez is following in the footsteps of his father, veteran rider Juan C. Enriquez. Two uncles in Peru also ride.





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Wednesday, August 08 2012


Changes and Traditions Combine in Turfway Fall Meet


FLORENCE, Ky., Aug. 8, 2012 – Turfway Park will open its 54th fall race meet Sept. 6 with a new post time for night racing, a full slate of events, and a change in smoking policy, but with no stakes on the 16-day schedule.

Pending approval by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, post time Thursday and Friday will be 6:00 p.m., a half-hour later than last fall. Post time Saturday and Sunday remains at 1:10 p.m. The track will present nine races on Thursdays and Sundays and 11 races on Fridays and Saturdays. The meet closes Sept. 30.





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Thursday, May 03 2012


Startin Something Heads Classen Field on Thistledown Opener


CLEVELAND, Ohio, May 2, 2012 – The $50,000 Dr. T. F. Classen Memorial Stakes highlights Thistledown’s season opener on Friday, the first of 10 stakes scheduled for Friday afternoons. Although written for Ohio accredited fillies and mares 3 years old and up, the six furlong race drew nine older distaffers.

Leading the field is 4-year-old Startin Something, a multiple state-restricted stakes winner who most recently was third behind 2011 Ohio accredited female champion Indian Ink in the Bobbie Bricker Memorial Handicap at Beulah Park. The seven-length defeat the Bobbie Bricker and the fact that “most recently” means November raise a small flag, but she ran second sprinting in the Royal North Stakes at Beulah to begin her 2011 season after a similar layoff. That finish may warrant another slight caveat: only two of Startin Something’s six wins were sprints. But trainer Tim Hamm, who also bred and owns the filly as Blazing Meadows Farm, has her ready; after training on Keeneland’s Polytrack in recent weeks, she worked three furlongs in :36.80 Monday on the Thistledown dirt, fastest of 11 at the distance. Scott Spieth, fresh off his 4,000th career win, has the mount. Startin Something is the highweight at 122 pounds.





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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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