Sunday, September 27 2009


Classic winner Furthest Land gives Gomez clean sweep in Kentucky Cup stakes


FLORENCE, KY . . . September 26, 2009 . . . Southern California-based rider Garrett Gomez made the trip to Turfway Park more than worthwhile by guiding Furthest Land to take the $200,000 Kentucky Cup Classic (G2) Saturday by a neck over Dubious Miss. The victory capped a perfect three-for-three day for Gomez, who was the winning pilot earlier aboard Indescribable in the Kentucky Cup Distaff and El Brujo in the Kentucky Cup Sprint.

Owned by Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey and trained by Mike Maker, Furthest Land ran widest of any in the field of nine, sitting in fifth while four-wide from the start to the middle of the far turn through fractions of :24.31 to the quarter, :48.41 to the half and 1:12.42 to three quarters. As early pacesetter Timeless Fashion gradually dropped back, Furthest Land swooped up to battle 9-2 second choice Dubious Miss, who sat just off the early pace throughout under Calvin Borel. The two horses squared off side-by-side for the last half-furlong before Furthest Land, sent off at 6-1, proved best by a neck on the outside. Final time for the mile-and-one-eighth was 1:48.41, just one-fifth of a second off the track record set by Ball Four in the 2006 Kentucky Cup Classic.





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El Brujo goes from last to first in Sprint


FLORENCE, KY . . . September 26, 2009 . . . Canadian shipper El Brujo, the tepid 5-2 favorite, made a furious stretch rally under Garrett Gomez to catch Brass Bay in deep stretch and capture the $100,000 Kentucky Cup Sprint (G3) by half a length in 1:09.04. It was the second of three stakes wins from as many mounts for Gomez, who won the Kentucky Cup Distaff earlier aboard Indescribable and the Kentucky Cup Classic with Furthest Land one race later.

Owned by Windways Farm, El Brujo broke in relaxed fashion from his rail post and settled in last place in the well-bunched field of 10. Behind early fractions of :22.00 for the quarter and :44.70 for the half set by Lookn Mighty Fast, El Brujo stayed along the rail until turning for home, when Gomez swung him outside and commenced his powerful late run. Brass Bay, a 20-1 proposition, was prominent throughout the early running and assumed command in midstretch before being collared late by El Brujo. Turfiste (8-1) finished 1 1/4 lengths behind the runner-up and a nose in front of 15-1 shot His Greatness, who checked in fourth.





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Indescribable takes Kentucky Cup Distaff


FLORENCE, KY . . . September 26, 2009 . . . With champion jockey Garrett Gomez aboard, Indescribable moved into contention approaching the final turn, put the challenge to pacesetter Whirlie Bertie, and drew off in mid-stretch to win the Kentucky Cup Distaff (G3) by 3-1/2 lengths. Her time for the 1 1/16-mile Distaff was 1:42.92, just 2/5ths of a second off the track record.

“I had a perfect trip—the kind of trip jocks dream of,” said Gomez, who had the outside post. “I just put her behind horses and let her settle down the backstretch. I got her in the clear at the 3/8ths pole. I asked, and she did the rest. Very easy race to ride.”





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Friday, September 25 2009


Kentucky Cup Friday Notes


FLORENCE, KY . . . September 25, 2009 . . . Although nothing is certain until the horses break the gate, on Friday afternoon no changes appeared forthcoming in the fields for the Kentucky Cup Classic (G2), Distaff (G3), and Sprint (G3) at Turfway Park Saturday.

Kentucky Cup Sprint (G3)

Turfiste will try to add the Sprint to his victory in the Hansel Stakes at Turfway this spring and pick up his first graded win in the process. “He ran good this spring,” said trainer Bob Holthus. “We tried him going long several times, got him stretched out, but he didn’t seem to care for it, so we’re shortening him back up.”





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Preparations near completion for Kentucky Cup Day


FLORENCE, KY . . . September 24, 2009 . . . With fields set, works in the books, and shipping plans underway, horses now have but to wait the Kentucky Cup Day of Champions.


Kentucky Cup Classic (G2)

Woodbine shipper Sligovitz brings all-weather success to the Classic, having won four of eight starts on the surface and placing in the other four. “This will be a stiff spot for him,” said trainer Roger Attfield, “but he’s been training very well and he’s been intended for this race.” Attfield also noted the advantage of having Turfway’s hot rider Leandro Gonçalves aboard.





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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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