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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Friday, March 20 2009


Day-before routines for Lane’s End contenders


FLORENCE, KY . . . March 20, 2009 . . . Bittel Road and West Side Bernie, one-two on the morning line for the Lane’s End Stakes Saturday, both were on the Polytrack at Turfway Park Friday morning.

Whit Beckman, assistant to trainer Todd Pletcher, jogged Bittel Road once around the Turfway track and then galloped another circuit. “He went very easily,” Beckman said. “He’s loving the track. He’s just cruising over top of it.”





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Thursday, March 19 2009


Lane’s End favorite Bittel Road arrives at Turfway


FLORENCE, KY . . . March 19, 2009 . . . Bittel Road, the 5-2 morning line favorite for the Lane’s End Stakes this Saturday, had a pleasingly uneventful trip from California to Turfway Park, arriving Wednesday

“He shipped in well, is all settled, and he galloped well over the track [Thursday] morning,” reported trainer Todd Pletcher. The colt also schooled in the paddock during the first race on Turfway’s Thursday card.





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Wednesday, March 18 2009


Post positions, morning line set for Lane’s End Stakes


FLORENCE, KY . . . March 18, 2009 . . . Bittel Road at 5-2 and West Side Bernie at 3-1 are the top two morning line choices for the Grade II Lane’s End Stakes at Turfway Park Saturday. Oddsmaker Mike Battaglia set the line for the 12-horse field at the annual Call to the Post Luncheon and Post Position Draw on Wednesday.

The field in post position order with trainers, jockeys, and morning line odds:





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