Monday, September 19 2011


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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Wednesday, April 27 2011


Thistledown up 44% on-track opening day


CLEVELAND, Ohio, April 27, 2011 – Thistledown posted a 44 percent jump in on-track handle on its races opening day compared to last year’s opener. On-track handle from all sources was up 26 percent. The track presented eight live races on opening day both years.

“I couldn’t be happier with the success of opening day,” said General Manager Lee Dillard. “From people here for their 48th opening day to first-timers, we had a great turnout with great races, giveaways and drink specials. We are planning lots of other activities for the season, and I want to say thank you to all who came out and gave us a look on Saturday.”





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Tuesday, April 19 2011


Lumpkins moves tack back to Thistledown


CLEVELAND, OHIO, April 19, 2011 – Jason Lumpkins, a force among Thistledown jockeys in the 1990s, will move his tack back to the Northern Ohio track for the 2011 meet. According to his agent, Mitch Reed, Lumpkins will ride primarily for leading trainers Tim Hamm and Joe Woodard.

Lumpkins won 11 individual meet titles at Thistledown from 1992 through 1999 and led all riders at the track across the year four times, in 1993 and from 1997 through 1999. He owns 20 stakes wins at Thistledown, most recently the 2010 John W. Galbreath Stakes with Startin Something and Best of Ohio Distaff with Slides Choice.





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Friday, April 15 2011


Thistledown shifts post times to enhance new marketing initiatives


CLEVELAND, OHIO, April 15, 2011 – Thistledown has received approval from the Ohio State Racing Commission to adjust post times throughout its 2011 meet, allowing the Northern Ohio Thoroughbred racetrack greater flexibility in reaching out to new fans. The changes were approved at the commission’s regularly scheduled meeting on April 14.

“I am very excited about the opportunity to offer quality horse racing at different times in an attempt to showcase the experience for a new audience,” said Thistledown general manager Lee Dillard. “We also will use concerts, events and giveaways to market to new customers. We have a great product to offer, and I want everyone to see it. We will be the place to start your weekends.”





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