Thursday, September 22 2011


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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Wednesday, May 04 2011


Turfway to host 2nd Annual Biggest Derby Party in Town


FLORENCE, Ky., May 4, 2011 – The Kentucky Derby is known as the greatest two minutes in sports but at Turfway Park this Saturday the fun of the second annual Biggest Derby Party in Town will keep race fans busy for hours.

The Biggest Derby Party in Town runs noon to 8:30 p.m. on Turfway’s fourth floor. Admission and parking are free.





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Monday, May 02 2011


Turfway Park, Capstone join to market Kentucky Proud compost


FLORENCE, Ky., May 2, 2011 – Turfway Park and Capstone Auction Services LLC of Campbellsburg, Ky., have joined forces to make top quality certified organic compost available to wholesale and retail buyers. The partnership was officially launched March 1.

More than 900 horses call Turfway Park home during the fall and winter live racing season. From 2006 until this year, 350 to 500 horses also were stabled at the Northern Kentucky track during the spring and summer. Turfway Park began exploring the idea of composting the horses’ manure and bedding straw in late 2008 and through March 2009 conducted tests to determine a suitable location and logistics of production. Testing began on three acres outside the barn area on track property in October 2009. The area was expanded to eight acres in the summer of 2010 and reconfigured to improve drainage and aeration. Production has been in full swing since then under the guidance of Troy Beach, Turfway’s compost operator. Decomposition from manure and straw, or muck, to compost takes about 10 weeks.





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Thursday, April 28 2011


Champions meet in Classen Memorial at Thistledown


CLEVELAND, Ohio, April 28, 2011 – Last year’s Ohio champion juvenile filly and champion accredited female face off in the $50,000 Dr. T. F. Classen Memorial Stakes at Thistledown Saturday. Including the champs, a field of seven will try the six furlongs for Ohio-accredited fillies and mares three years old and up.

Blazing Meadow Farm’s champion youngster Startin Something put up stellar numbers last year for trainer Tim Hamm, going to the gate eight times and bringing back four wins, all in Ohio stakes, and three seconds. She was a good second again in the Royal North Stakes at Beulah Park early this month, her first start since winning the Glacial Princess Stakes at Beulah six months ago. Versatile and competitive, Startin Something has won at distances from 5 1/2 furlongs to 1 1/16 miles and on fast tracks and off tracks, and she’s a perfect two-for-two at Thistledown. The Classen will be her first start against older fillies and mares. Jason Lumpkins, Startin Something’s recent regular rider, has the mount.





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