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Friday, December 02 2011


Turfway’s Holiday Inaugural Draws Overflow Crowd


FLORENCE, Ky., Dec. 1, 2011 – The Holiday Meet stakes schedule at Turfway Park kicks off Saturday with an overflow crowd for the $50,000 Holiday Inaugural, six furlongs for fillies and mares three years old and up.

Dr. Diamonds Prize won the Gowell Stakes here last year and in her most recent start was disqualified to fourth after finishing third, beaten just half a length, in the Raven Run at Keeneland at 76-1. She set the pace in that race at seven furlongs and the cut back to six in the Holiday Inaugural bodes well. The 3-year-old filly has twice tasted disqualification, the other from a win at Presque Isle, but if new rider John McKee can keep her straight she has a chance to earn her second Turfway trophy. Mark Hubley trains.





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Tuesday, November 29 2011


Turfway Park Holiday Meet Opens Thursday


FLORENCE, Ky., Nov. 28, 2011 – Live Thoroughbred racing returns to Turfway Park this Thursday, Dec. 1, the start of the Holiday Meet and the beginning of the track’s winter racing season.

Highlighting the Holiday Meet are five $50,000 stakes:





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Tuesday, October 04 2011


Turfway Fall Meet Shows Slight Gain On-Track


FLORENCE, Ky., Oct. 3, 2011 – Turfway Park ended its 2011 fall meet with a slight increase in on-track handle and a small decline in all-sources wagering on its live races.

On-track play on Turfway’s live races totaled $1,640,490, up 0.4 percent over the 2010 fall meet. Handle from all sources on the track’s live races was $27,172,667, down 3.9 percent.





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Sunday, September 25 2011


Future Prospect Upsets WinStar Kentucky Cup


FLORENCE, Ky., Sept. 24, 2011 – Future Prospect turned in a stunning front-running effort to upset the $200,000 WinStar Kentucky Cup (G2) at Turfway Park Saturday, paying off at 18-1 and rewarding two years of patient rehabilitation by owner/trainer Dodson Skaggs.

Breaking from post six, the 7-year-old gelding was out of the gate first. Strike Impact, who broke from post two, got to the quarter-mile timer ahead of him and set that mark in :24.47, but after that the race was all about Future Prospect. With Edgar Prado in the irons and under pressure throughout, Future Prospect set the half in :47.97 and the six-furlong mark in 1:11.82 before coming home in 1:44.71. General Quarters, who had been close up throughout the race, finished three-quarters of a length back in second after a very game effort to stay with the winner. Demarcation closed to be third, another six lengths back. The race covered 1 1/16 miles on Polytrack.





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Matthewsburg Earns First Graded Stakes in Speightstown Kentucky Cup Sprint


FLORENCE, Ky., Sept. 24, 2011 – Matthewsburg came from off a hot pace in the $100,000 Speightstown Kentucky Cup Sprint (G3) at Turfway Park Saturday to earn his first graded stakes trophy.

His victory was the fourth of five on the day for trainer Mike Maker, a Turfway Park record, and the fourth on the card for jockey Victor Lebron.





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Hansen Blows Away Bluegrass Cat Kentucky Cup Juvenile


FLORENCE, Ky., Sept. 24, 2011 – Hansen broke from the outside in the $100,000 Bluegrass Cat Kentucky Cup Juvenile at Turfway Park Saturday and blew away his seven rivals with every step thereafter, cruising effortlessly home to win by 13 1/4 lengths.

The dramatic win confirmed trainer Mike Maker’s belief that this nearly white Tapit colt will take him to the Breeders’ Cup World Championships in November.





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Saturday, September 24 2011


Havelock Emerges to Bid for WinStar Kentucky Cup


FLORENCE, Ky., Sept. 23, 2011 – Havelock hovered below the radar this week as trainers considered the WinStar Kentucky Cup (G2) Saturday at Turfway Park, but when entries were drawn Thursday, Havelock was in the box for trainer Darrin Miller, drawing post seven. Winner of the seven-furlong Play the King Stakes (G2) at Woodbine Aug. 28, Havelock will be trying two turns for just the second time.

“We wanted to stretch him out and test him at two turns, and as the race was coming together it looked like this would be an opportune time to do that,” Miller said. “He was fourth in a two-turn mile (on the turf at Gulfstream in March) but was only beaten a length and three-quarters. He had a mile race at Keeneland but that was a one-turn mile. A win Saturday would add another dimension to him.”





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Friday, September 23 2011


Pat Day, Avery Johnson Among Guests at WinStar Kentucky Cup Day of Champions


FLORENCE, Ky., Sept. 22, 2011 – Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day and New Jersey Nets head coach Avery Johnson will be among guests of WinStar Farm at Turfway Park Saturday for the WinStar Kentucky Cup Day of Champions.

Day will be available for photos with fans from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on the Turfway track apron at a display of trophies won by WinStar Farm at three of the world’s most prestigious races: the 2010 Kentucky Derby, won by Super Saver; the 2010 Belmont Stakes, won by Drosselmeyer; and the 2009 Dubai World Cup, the world’s richest race, won by Well Armed. Fans can have their photos taken with the trophies alone before and after Day's appearance.





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Thursday, September 22 2011


Pat Day, Avery Johnson Among Guests at WinStar Kentucky Cup Day of Champions


FLORENCE, Ky., Sept. 22, 2011 – Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day and New Jersey Nets head coach Avery Johnson will be among guests of WinStar Farm at Turfway Park Saturday for the WinStar Kentucky Cup Day of Champions.

Day will be available for photos with fans from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on the Turfway track apron at a display of trophies won by WinStar Farm at three of the world’s most prestigious races: the 2010 Kentucky Derby, won by Super Saver; the 2010 Belmont Stakes, won by Drosselmeyer; and the 2009 Dubai World Cup, the world’s richest race, won by Well Armed. While the photo session with Day ends at 1:30 p.m., fans can continue to have their photos taken with the trophies until 3:00 p.m.





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Maker Aims for WinStar Kentucky Cup with Baryshnikov


FLORENCE, Ky., Sept. 21, 2011 – Trainer Mike Maker, long a force in Kentucky racing, plans to send five contenders to the WinStar Kentucky Cup Day of Champions at Turfway Park on Saturday, including Baryshnikov in the 1 1/16-mile $200,000 WinStar Kentucky Cup (G2).

Baryshnikov is a proven professional who came into his own after Maker took over his training in December 2010. The 5-year-old son of Empire Maker has finished in the money in his 10 starts since then, including five wins, among them the Tejano Run Stakes at Turfway at 1 1/8 miles. He also has runner-up finishes in the Firecracker Handicap and Dixie Stakes, both Grade 2, and strong third-place finishes in Monmouth’s Oceanport Stakes (G3) and Saratoga’s Bernard Baruch Handicap (G2) in his last two starts. He was beaten just three lengths in the Baruch despite a troubled trip.





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Wednesday, September 21 2011


Kentucky Cup Notes: Tuesday


WinStar Kentucky Cup Fields Continue to Take Shape

FLORENCE, Ky., Sept. 20, 2011 – Although several trainers remain mum about horses for all five stakes that make up the WinStar Kentucky Cup Day of Champions at Turfway Park on Saturday, others have announced their plans.





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Monday, September 19 2011


Jacob Clabes Earns First Career Training Win


FLORENCE, Ky., Sept. 18, 2011 – Trainer Jacob Clabes scored his first career win Sunday when Kirby scored by 6 3/4 lengths in the third race at Turfway Park.

Kirby, a 2-year-old daughter of Closing Argument, was second out of the gate in the 11-horse field but first thereafter, setting all the pace and finishing the six-furlong maiden claiming race in 1:14.14. Victor Lebron was aboard for the milestone win.





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