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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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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