Friday, January 16 2009


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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Tuesday, December 30 2008


Turfway winter/spring meet starts New Year’s Day


"FLORENCE, KY . . . December 29, 2008 . . . Live Thoroughbred racing continues at Turfway Park with the opening of the winter/spring meet on January 1, immediately after the closing of the holiday meet on December 31. The 69-day winter/spring meet ends April 2

Live racing will run Wednesday through Sunday each week as well as on three Mondays: January 19, February 16, and March 16. Other Mondays and all Tuesdays are dark.





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Saturday, December 27 2008


Officer Rocket works Holiday Cheer to his advantage


FLORENCE, KY . . . December 27, 2008 . . . Officer Rocket worked speed both ways in the $50,000 Holiday Cheer Stakes at Turfway Park Saturday, ignoring a fiery pace early and then zooming up the rail late to win by a length. Rouse the Cat, favored at 2-1, was second, with Golden Country a neck back in third.

The win capped a fine day for Officer Rocket’s connections. His savvy performance was the third win on the day for owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey and trainer Mike Maker and the fourth for jockey Orlando Mojica.





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Friday, December 26 2008


Turfway to make up canceled races


FLORENCE, KY . . . December 26, 2008 . . . To make up nine races lost to a full-card cancellation last Sunday, Turfway Park will add races to its holiday live racing schedule beginning Friday, December 26.

The track traditionally runs a holiday schedule of 10 races daily from the day after Christmas to the end of the year, including Monday and Tuesday should they fall in that timeframe.





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Wednesday, December 24 2008


Holiday Cheer draws a dozen


FLORENCE, KY . . . December 23, 2008 . . . Turfway Park caps the Holiday Meet stakes schedule this Saturday with the $50,000 Holiday Cheer Stakes, a six-furlong sprint that drew a full field of 12.

Rouse the Cat brings an impressive record to his first start at Turfway. In 13 starts this year he has 10 in-the-money finishes, including five wins. He raced in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, finishing 12th of 14, but before that was second in the Grade II Nearctic on turf and afterward was again second in the Grade III Kennedy Road Stakes on Polytrack, both at Woodbine. Trainer Ollie Figgins III trains. Regular rider Christopher VanHassel is back aboard.





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Sunday, December 21 2008


Step Out Smartly steps up to Gowell win


FLORENCE, KY . . . December 20, 2008 . . . Step Out Smartly stepped up from maiden winner to stakes winner at Turfway Park Saturday, coming from far back to take the $50,000 Gowell Stakes by 1 1/4 lengths. Lady’s Laughter led into the stretch and stayed in for second, three lengths ahead of 2-1 favorite Emma Darling, who stumbled out of the gate.


Queen of Victory took the lead from Karacuda shortly after the break and set fractions of :22.11 and :45.74 under pressure from Lady’s Laughter to her outside. As Lady’s Laughter took over coming into the stretch, Step Out Smartly was second to last, but jockey Bill Troilo had her on the move and she swept past effortlessly in the middle of the track to get up in the final few strides.





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Turfway cancels Sunday card


FLORENCE, KY . . . December 20, 2008 . . . With forecasters promising strong winds and single-digit windchill temperatures, Turfway Park has canceled live racing for Sunday, December 21. The track will remain open for simulcasting.





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