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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Wednesday, April 13 2011


New wagers and opening-day giveaways spark Thistledown meet


CLEVELAND, Ohio, April 12, 2011 – When Thistledown opens its 122-day live Thoroughbred race meet on Saturday, April 23, handicappers will find several new wagers on the menu.

For the first time, Thistledown will offer a 10-cent Fortune 6, a Pick 6 variation that pays out the entire pool only when a single ticket has the winners of six consecutive races. When multiple winning wagers are made, 40 percent of the pool will be paid to those winners and 60 percent will carry over. Although Thistledown’s racing year technically covers four named meets—a nod to the four area tracks that combined to become modern Thistledown—the Fortune 6 pool will carry over across those dates.





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Tuesday, April 05 2011


Turfway handle increases buck national trends


FLORENCE, Ky., April 4, 2011 – Turfway Park ended its 2011 Winter/Spring Meet with wagering increases both on-track and from all-sources, bucking national trends. The meet opened January 1 and closed April 3.

On-track handle on Turfway races rose 6.3 percent to $5,647,604. All-sources wagering on Turfway races rose 3.3 percent to $95,013,790.





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Sunday, April 03 2011


Blushing Dixie digs in for Fairway Fun win


FLORENCE, Ky., April 2, 2011 – Blushing Dixie fought Miss Luann the length of the stretch and wore her down, taking the $50,000 Fairway Fun Stakes by a neck at Turfway Park Saturday. La Gran Bailadora was third, another length and a half back.

Blushing Dixie broke from the inside under Shaun Bridgmohan, in to ride the five-year-old mare for trainer Steve Margolis.





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Saturday, March 26 2011


King Congie out of Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes


FLORENCE, Ky., Mar. 26, 2011 - King Congie has been scratched from today's Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes (G3) at Turfway Park. Terry Finley, president of owner West Point Thoroughbreds, said the colt strained a hind muscle during a gallop at Turfway yesterday morning. "He didn't cool out well," said Finley. "He's about 90 percent, but not 100 percent. We plan to come back in the Blue Grass or Lexington," noting upcoming stakes at Keeneland, Grade 1 and Grade 3 respectively.

"He still seems a little off in that left hind but he is much improved this morning," said trainer Tom Albertrani, "so he must have just tweaked something. But we decided to scratch to be cautious."





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Karma Stables hopes karma holds for Son of Posse


FLORENCE, Ky., Mar. 25, 2011 – Karma Stables hopes to live up to its name in the Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes (G3) Saturday at Turfway Park. Their gelding Son of Posse is the longest shot on the morning line among the 12-horse field.

Son of Posse finished third in the John Battaglia Memorial Stakes behind Positive Response, the Spiral Stakes 3-1 morning line favorite. “I think we have a good shot,” said Son of Posse’s trainer, Rhiannan Vitiello. “I don’t know if we can beat the favorite. My horse likes to stalk right behind and give a couple bursts of speed. I expect he will be laying third or fourth if he gets a good start and doesn’t get bumped around.”





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Thursday, March 24 2011


Trainers weigh in on post positions for Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes


FLORENCE, Ky., Mar. 24, 2011 – The “luck of the draw” in racing matters—or not—depending on the length of the race, a jockey’s skill, a trainer’s confidence, and a horse’s running style and comfort zone. After yesterday’s post position draw for the Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes (G3) at Turfway Park Saturday, trainers weighed in on where luck landed them.

On the day following the draw, Positive Response’s trainer Billy Morey was in an upbeat mood. “The post is fine,” said Morey of his gelding’s assignment to post two in the full, 12-horse field.





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Wednesday, March 23 2011


Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes awaits draw


Fields set for undercard stakes

FLORENCE, Ky., Mar. 23, 2011 – With the draw for the $500,000 Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes scheduled for this evening, the field continues to hold steady at a dozen for the Grade 3 Kentucky Derby prep at Turfway Park this Saturday..

Purse too tempting for Brown to pass up

By his own admission, trainer Chad Brown has not always been certain of the best path for his Lemon Drop Kid three-year-old Beachcombing. Allowance races didn’t fill. Stakes races wound up with unsatisfactory course conditions. But Brown likes the potential offered by the Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes and its generous $500,000 purse.





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Tuesday, March 22 2011


Resourceful connections look to Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes


FLORENCE, Ky., Mar. 22, 2011 – Being a successful trainer of Thoroughbred racehorses over the long haul requires a remarkable resilience, an ability to be flexible and to look beyond the last race to the next one. Three of the trainers who hope to run horses in the Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes (G3) Saturday have recently called on that ancient wisdom.





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Monday, March 21 2011


Gate should be full for Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes


FLORENCE, Ky., Mar. 21, 2011 – The field for the Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes (G3) at Turfway Park this Saturday has attracted an overflow crowd of hopefuls. Preference to run is determined first by graded stakes wins, then by stakes wins, and then by career earnings. Eighteen are reported to be pointing toward the race but only a dozen can start. Entries will be drawn Wednesday, March 23, at a cocktail reception in the Maker’s Mark VIP Tent at Turfway, 4 to 6:30 p.m.





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