Tuesday, September 22 2009


Tuesday Notes: Kentucky Cup Day of Champions


FLORENCE, KY . . . September 22, 2009 . . . Trainers on Tuesday continued their plans for the Kentucky Cup Classic, Distaff, and Sprint, the three stakes races that form the centerpiece of the Kentucky Cup Day of Champions this Saturday at Turfway Park.

Kentucky Cup Classic (G2)

Trainer Reta Underwood is pointing Godolphin Gray toward the Classic off a win in the Cliff Gilliams Memorial Handicap at Ellis Park earlier this month. “I feel confident in him,” she said. “He and [jockey] Aldo [Canchano] have an understanding, and he had three seconds to [horses ridden by] Calvin Borel this spring at Churchill. He’s stepping up a notch in class in this race, but he now understands he doesn’t have to put it all out there in the first six furlongs.





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Turfway: Kentucky Cup Notes (Monday)


Fields jell for Kentucky Cup Day of Champions

FLORENCE, KY . . . September 21, 2009 . . . Fields are beginning to jell for the three graded stakes races that form the centerpiece of this year’s Kentucky Cup Day of Champions at Turfway Park, scheduled for Saturday. Headlining the day is the $200,000 Kentucky Cup Classic (G2), supported by the $100,000 Kentucky Cup Distaff (G3) and the $100,000 Kentucky Cup Sprint (G3).

Among horses expected for the Classic is this year’s Lane’s End Stakes winner, Hold Me Back. Trained by Bill Mott, Hold Me Back most recently was second to Belmont Stakes winner Summer Bird in the Grade I Travers Stakes over a sloppy track at Saratoga. With the Breeders’ Cup World Championships in November to be run over the all-weather track at Santa Anita, Mott said, “The [Polytrack] surface was part of the reason for our decision to come [to Turfway]. He’s done well there, and the timing was good for us.”





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Thursday, September 17 2009


Special events highlight Kentucky Cup weekend


FLORENCE, KY . . . September 17, 2009 . . . Next weekend Turfway Park will present the centerpiece of its 50th anniversary fall meet, the 16th running of the Kentucky Cup Day of Champions, along with special events that include Horses and Hope, a visit by the Budweiser Clydesdales, and College Scholarship Day.

The Kentucky Cup Day of Champions, set for Saturday, September 26, is a series of graded stakes races used as preps for the $25.5 million Breeders’ Cup World Championships, held this year at Santa Anita Park in November. The $200,000 Kentucky Cup Classic (G2), the $100,000 Distaff (G3), and the $100,000 Sprint (G3) highlight a commingled card of 10 live races from Turfway and six races simulcast from Kentucky Downs, the country’s only European-style turf course.





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Saturday, September 12 2009


Turfway: Fall Championship gives Nite Light a Breeders’ Cup ticket


FLORENCE, KY . . . September 12, 2009 . . . Nite Light controlled the $100,000 Turfway Park Fall Championship (G3) from gate to wire Saturday, securing his first graded stakes win and an automatic spot in the Breeders’ Cup Marathon in November.

The mile-and-a-half Fall Championship is a Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series “Win and You’re In” race for the $25.5 million Breeders’ Cup World Championships, the richest racing event in North America.





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Monday, September 07 2009


Turfway signal to be available on all major ADW platforms


FLORENCE, KY . . . September 7, 2009 . . . Turfway Park has reached agreements making its signal available on all major advance deposit wagering (ADW) platforms beginning with the 2009 fall meet and running through the end of the 2010 winter/spring meet, track president Robert N. Elliston announced Monday.

The new agreements involve TVG, TwinSpires, XpressBet, and YouBet.





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Monday, August 10 2009


Turfway trims fall stakes schedule


FLORENCE, KY . . . August 10, 2009 . . . Turfway Park’s 2009 fall meet stakes schedule will comprise four graded events, three to be run as the Kentucky Cup Day of Champions on September 26 and the remaining stake, the Turfway Park Fall Championship, to be run September 12.

The Kentucky Cup Classic (G2), the Kentucky Cup Distaff (G3), and the Kentucky Cup Sprint (G3) remain on the schedule, defining the 16th running of the Kentucky Cup series.





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Wednesday, July 22 2009


Turfway Park rolls out logo, events for 50th anniversary


FLORENCE, KY . . . July 21, 2009 . . . With its 50th anniversary approaching, Turfway Park has planned a full slate of events leading up to and during the 2009 fall meet and today unveiled the logo commemorating the milestone. The track opened as Latonia Race Course on August 27, 1959.

The 2009 fall meet opens September 9 and closes October 8. First post is 7pm Wednesday through Friday and 1:10pm Saturday and Sunday.





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Friday, April 03 2009


Turfway sees double-digit declines


FLORENCE, KY . . . April 3, 2009 . . . Turfway Park ended its 2009 Winter/Spring Meet with double-digit declines in handle and purses paid and a significant drop in field size compared to the same period in 2008. The 2009 meet began January 1 and ended April 2.

On-track wagering on Turfway races fell 11.2 percent to $7,020,016 for the meet. All-sources wagering on Turfway races dropped 24.6 percent to $113,649,793, driven by a 26.1 percent decline in wagering by out-of-state players.

Average daily purses dropped from $145,614 to $125,017.





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Sunday, March 22 2009


Hold Me Back Makes 2009 Debut a Winning One in Lane’s End Stakes


FLORENCE, KY . . . March 21, 2009 . . . Unraced since last November, Hold Me Back made his 3-year-old debut a memorable and lucrative one, closing from next to last under Kent Desormeaux to win the Grade II, $500,000 Lane's End Stakes at Turfway Park Saturday in convincing fashion over the D. Wayne Lukas-trained long shot Flying Private. The margin of victory was 1 3/4 lengths.

Long shot Orthodox set the early pace, laying down early fractions of :23.71 for the quarter, :47.84 for the half, 1:12.43 for three quarters. Turning for home, Orthodox was quickly passed by Proceed Bee, Flying Private and Parade Clown. But none of those three could hold off the oncoming rush of Hold Me Back. After a slow start that landed him in 11th position early, Hold Me Back commenced a sustained rally approaching the far turn and swung six wide straightening out for the stretch. He caught Flying Private at the sixteenth pole and drew clear at the finish. Proceed Bee was four lengths farther back in third. Final time for the nine furlongs was 1:49.63.





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Hot Cha Cha Takes the Overland Route to Capture the Bourbonette


FLORENCE, KY . . . March 21, 2009 . . . The locally based Hot Cha Cha became a stakes winner in her first such attempt with an impressive 6-length tally in the Grade III, $150,000 Bourbonette Oaks for 3-year-old fillies.

Ridden by Orlando Mojica, the Cactus Ridge filly endured a wide trip due to the far outside post position in the field of 10. But Hot Cha Cha was able to circle the field from the eighth position and carve into the early lead of pacesetters Fitz Just Right and Instrumentalist. She wore those two down in the stretch and drew off to an easy win. Fitz Just Right, the 7-5 favorite, held on for second, a head in front of Instrumentalist at the wire.





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Cliffy’s Future Gives Silverton Hill, Miller a Second Rushaway Win


FLORENCE, KY . . . March 21, 2009 . . . Cliffy’s Future came from dead last to win the $100,000 Rushaway Stakes by 2 1/2 widening lengths over Ziegfeld. Toccet Rocket was a head farther back in third. Cliffy’s Future is owned by Silverton Hill LLC and trained by Darrin Miller, the same connections who sent out Dominican to win the 2007 Rushaway.

It was the first stakes win for Cliffy’s Future, who ran a sluggish eighth last time out in the Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs on February 14. That was his first start for Silverton Hill after a private purchase. Prior to that Tampa effort, he had been risked for a $75,000 claiming tag twice in races at Aqueduct over the winter.





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Just for Keeps Goes Wire-to-Wire in Queen


FLORENCE, KY . . . March 21, 2009 . . . Just for Keeps, the 2-1 favorite, went wire-to-wire to take the $50,000 Queen Stakes by three-quarters of a length over Proud Heiress. Mrs Petoski was two lengths back in third.

Ridden by Julian Leparoux, Just for Keeps went straight to the lead and never looked back. The 5-year-old daughter of Broken Vow came into the Queen off a similar wire-to-wire score in a Feb. 1 classified allowance race at Gulfstream for Turfway Park’s leading trainer Michael Maker and owners Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey. Today’s win was the second career stakes victory for Just for Keeps, who captured the Mamzelle Stakes last May over the Churchill Downs turf course.





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