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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Nominations in for WinStar Kentucky Cup Day of Champions


FLORENCE, Ky., Sept. 18, 2011 – The five stakes races that comprise the WinStar Kentucky Cup Day of Champions series at Turfway Park closed Thursday with a combined 161 nominations.

The five races are part of a 12-race card set for Sat., Sept. 24. All five are preps for the $25.5 million Breeders’ Cup World Championships in November. Post time is 1:10 p.m., returning that Saturday to the traditional afternoon post.





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Wednesday, September 14 2011


WinStar Kentucky Cup Undercard Stakes Named for Farm’s Stallions


FLORENCE, Ky., Sept. 14, 2011 – Stallions standing at WinStar Farm will lend their names to the four undercard stakes on the WinStar Kentucky Cup Day of Champions, scheduled to run at Turfway Park Sept. 24.

The four races will run as the Distorted Humor Kentucky Cup Distaff (G3), the Speightstown Kentucky Cup Sprint (G3), the Bluegrass Cat Kentucky Cup Juvenile, and the Tiznow Kentucky Cup Juvenile Fillies.





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Thursday, September 08 2011


WinStar to award seasons in Kentucky Cup Distaff (G3)


FLORENCE, Ky, Sept. 8, 2011 – Each of the first three finishers in the Kentucky Cup Distaff (G3) on the WinStar Kentucky Cup Day of Champions Sept. 24 at Turfway Park will be awarded a complimentary season to a WinStar Farm stallion in addition to purse earnings, it was announced Thursday.

The stallions with a 2012 season to be given away are 2010 Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Super Saver, multiple Grade 1 winner Colonel John and multiple graded stakes winner Hold Me Back, who won the Spiral Stakes (G2) at Turfway as a 3-year-old.





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Tuesday, August 30 2011


Popular Favorites, New Events Highlight Turfway Park Fall Meet


FLORENCE, Ky., August 30, 2011 – Live Thoroughbred racing returns to Turfway Park Thurs., Sept. 8, with a packed slate of events over 16 racing days, a new Pick 5 wager, and the renaissance of the Kentucky Cup Day of Champions under sponsorship by WinStar Farm.

The 17th running of the WinStar Kentucky Cup Day of Champions on Sept. 24 revives three of Turfway’s graded stakes races after a one-year hiatus and two ungraded stakes shelved the last two years. The series has a long history of prepping winners of the $25.5 million Breeders’ Cup World Championships held each fall. General admission to the WinStar Kentucky Cup Day of Champions is free; reserved seating is available from $5 to $100, including the trackside VIP Paddock Pavilion. Post time is 1:10 p.m. on that Saturday.





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Thursday, August 18 2011


Turfway: Kentucky Cup Classic gets new distance, name; series gets new logo


FLORENCE, Ky., August 18, 2011 – As it returns to the Turfway Park schedule under sponsorship by WinStar Farm, the WinStar Kentucky Cup Day of Champions will see some changes, including a change in distance and name for the day’s feature race and a new logo.

The Kentucky Cup Classic (G2), previously run at one mile and one-eighth, will run beginning this year at one mile and one-sixteenth. The race has been renamed the WinStar Kentucky Cup.





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Friday, August 05 2011


WinStar Farm’s Sponsorship Returns Kentucky Cup to Turfway Park


FLORENCE, Ky., August 4, 2011 – The Kentucky Cup Day of Champions will return to the Turfway Park fall schedule this year and for the first time will run under sponsorship. WinStar Farm has assumed presenting sponsorship for the day, to be known as the WinStar Kentucky Cup Day of Champions. The races are scheduled for September 24. Post time that Saturday will be 1:10 p.m.

“We deeply appreciate WinStar’s willingness to sponsor this outstanding day of racing,” said Turfway Park president Robert N. Elliston. “This isn’t the first time WinStar has stepped up to support our racing, but it is critical at this juncture. We likewise appreciate the horsemen’s willingness to work with us to return this day to our calendar in the face of continuing economic challenges that are unique in this region to Kentucky racing.”





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