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Friday, January 30 2009


WEBN Stakes next step to Lane’s End


FLORENCE, KY . . . January 29, 2009 . . . Ten three-year-olds have been entered for the $50,000 WEBN Stakes at Turfway Park Saturday. Covering a mile, the race is the second of three local preps for the Lane’s End Stakes.

Azicharmyou was the runner-up in his debut, a maiden special sprint at Turfway, but followed with a 6 3/4-length win at the same level two weeks later in his second start, also a sprint at Turfway. He either set the pace or was right on top of it in both efforts, a style that will be put to the test in the WEBN, his first try around two turns. Rodney Prescott rides for trainer Larry Holt.





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Thursday, January 29 2009


Turfway cancels Thursday card


FLORENCE, KY . . . January 29, 2009 . . . With road conditions preventing horses stabled off-site from safely shipping in for the day’s races, Turfway Park has canceled live racing for Thursday, January 29, 2009.

The track remains open for simulcasting. Gates open at 11:15 a.m.





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Sunday, January 25 2009


Success Success succeeds in Forego Stakes


FLORENCE, KY . . . January 24, 2009 . . . Success Success made the most of his first start at Turfway Park Saturday, catching the leader in deep stretch to win the $50,000 Forego Stakes by a neck. Golden Country was second, one length better than Officer Rocket in third.

The 6 1/2-furlong Forego was the first stakes win for Success Success, a six-year-old gelding trained by Paul McGee for David P. Holloway Racing Inc.





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Friday, January 23 2009


Officer Rocket tries for second Turfway trophy


FLORENCE, KY . . . January 22, 2009 . . . Officer Rocket will try for two stakes wins in a row when he lines up with seven rivals in the 26th running of the Forego Stakes at Turfway Park Saturday. The $50,000 Forego is carded for horses four years old and up going 6 1/2 furlongs.

Officer Rocket won the Holiday Cheer Stakes at Turfway late last year while making his first start off a claim for new owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey. He usually races comfortably behind the pace but showed his versatility that day by waiting far back for a hot early pace to tire, and he also has won after contesting the lead. The five-year-old horse has never won at the Forego distance but has been close, and he won his only other start on an all-weather surface, the six-furlong Holiday Cheer. Leading rider Victor Lebron picks up the mount for co-leading trainer Mike Maker.





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Sunday, January 18 2009


Tacky Cat leaps from maiden to stakes winner in Cincinnati Trophy


FLORENCE, KY . . . January 17, 2009 . . . Tacky Cat broke her maiden in memorable fashion at Turfway Park Saturday, drawing off impressively to win the $50,000 Cincinnati Trophy Stakes in just her third career start. Orlando Mojica was aboard for the winning ride.

Drawing in from the also-eligible list when two others scratched, Tacky Cat broke from the outside post and immediately engaged the pace set by B N Graced N Glory and urged by Lady Cottingham. As the latter faded coming to the turn and the former in the stretch, Tacky Cat took over and extended her lead to win the 6 1/2 furlong Cincinnati Trophy by six lengths. Emma Darling, the 6-5 favorite, closed wide to take second on the turn and stayed the runner-up, three parts of a length ahead of She’s Due.





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Friday, January 16 2009


Fillies look toward spring in Cincinnati Trophy Stakes


FLORENCE, KY . . . January 16, 2009 . . . A dozen three-year-old fillies will go to the post at Turfway Park Saturday for the $50,000 Cincinnati Trophy Stakes. Carded at 6 1/2 furlongs, the Cincinnati Trophy is the first of two local preps for the Grade III Bourbonette Oaks on the Lane’s End undercard.

Emma Darling was the beaten favorite in the Gowell Stakes in December after a stumble at the start forced her to catch up to finish third. A better start in the Cincinnati Trophy would give her a chance to stay a few lengths off the pace, her preferred style. Trainer Mike Maker currently is second in the standings and began this meet with four consecutive Turfway training titles to his credit. Leading rider Victor Lebron will be back aboard.





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Turfway cancels Friday card


Racing expected to resume Saturday, Sunday, Monday

FLORENCE, KY . . . January 15, 2009 . . . With windchill temperatures again expected to plunge well below zero, Turfway Park has canceled live racing for Friday, January 16. The track will remain open for simulcasting, with gates opening at 11:15am.





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Sunday, January 11 2009


Proud Heiress pays $67.80 in Wishing Well win


FLORENCE, KY . . . January 10, 2009 . . . Proud Heiress surprised everybody but her connections at Turfway Park Saturday, taking the $50,000 Wishing Well Stakes at odds of almost 33-1.

Commenting on his confidence in Proud Heiress’s chances despite an off-the-board finish in the Weekend Delight stakes at Turfway last fall, winning trainer Wayne Mogge said, “She won two at Presque Isle, so she definitely likes the all-weather tracks. She did run sixth [in the Weekend Delight], but that was actually a really good race. She made a big move up the inside and only got beat about three lengths [3 3/4]. It was nose-nose-nose from third on back, so we thought we could as easily been third as sixth. And we’ve always had high aspirations for this mare.





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Friday, January 09 2009


Rivalries renew in Turfway’s Wishing Well Stakes


FLORENCE, KY . . . January 8, 2009 . . . Several of the dozen older fillies and mares entered for the $50,000 Wishing Well Stakes at Turfway Park Saturday will be renewing rivalries, including recent Turfway stakes winners Afleet Angel and Vote Early.

Afleet Angel was overlooked at 10-1 when she won the Holiday Inaugural in the just-completed holiday meet, defeating five of the horses she will face in the Wishing Well. She has four wins, a second, and a third in seven starts on all-weather surfaces and missed the money just once in nine starts last year. In her most recent start, the New Year’s Eve Stakes on an off track at Mountaineer, she finished third. She won the Holiday Inaugural by closing from far back but has set the pace to win as well. Wilfredo Lozano Jr., who was aboard for Afleet Angel’s stakes win at Presque Isle, comes to Turfway to ride for trainer Paula Bacon.





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Sunday, January 04 2009


Loch Dubh makes the leap to stakes winner in Turfway Prevue


FLORENCE, KY . . . January 3, 2009 . . . Loch Dubh proved himself a good investment Saturday at Turfway Park, drawing off to win the $50,000 Turfway Prevue Stakes in his second start off a $15,000 claim at Churchill Downs.

Asked what prompted the claim, trainer Jeff Talley said, “He’s a big, good-looking horse. We watched him in the paddock every race at Churchill, and then [trainer Eddie Kenneally] ran him for thirty [thousand]. I was mad I didn’t take him that day.”





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Friday, January 02 2009


Turfway Park daily averages up for holiday meet


FLORENCE, KY . . . January 2, 2009 . . . Turfway Park closed its 2008 Holiday Meet with slight increases in average daily handle both on-track and from all sources. Daily on-track wagering on Turfway races was $127,992, an increase of 0.3 percent, while daily all-sources wagering on Turfway races was $2,775,799, up 1.8 percent.

“In light of the current economy, we are pleased to post even slight gains in activity,” said Turfway Park president Robert N. Elliston. “I’ve seen blog comments that argue who’s more important to tracks today, players or fans. We don’t answer the question as either-or but as both. For players, our horsemen allowed us to offer attractive field sizes—10.4 compared to 10.1 last year. Additionally, we promoted the value of Turfway payoffs and provided information on playing our Polytrack surface.





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Thursday, January 01 2009


Turfway Prevue could be first look at Lane’s End


FLORENCE, KY . . . January 1, 2009 . . . The first stakes race of Turfway Park’s new winter/spring meet is also the first chance to gauge hopefuls for the Lane’s End Stakes later in the meet. Saturday’s $50,000 Turfway Prevue Stakes, written for three-year-olds racing 6 1/2 furlongs, is the first of three local prep races for the Lane’s End, which is in turn a major prep for the Kentucky Derby.

Rudy Flyer will make his second career start in the Turfway Prevue after winning his first race, a maiden special weight, by 8 3/4 lengths. That front-running win came at Turfway at the Turfway Prevue distance and earned the colt the top Equibase pace and speed figures among the Prevue field. Rudy Flyer is trained at Turfway by Bill Connelly, who finished second in the just-completed holiday meet standings, and again will be ridden by John McKee.





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