Wednesday, February 02 2011

Turfway’s Top of the Park to reopen for Saturday night racing

FLORENCE, Ky., Feb. 2, 2011 – When Turfway Park shifts to night racing on Saturdays beginning Feb. 5, guests also will find a return to fine dining at Top of the Park, the track’s fifth floor tiered dining area with a sweeping view of the track.

Executive Chef Peter Haubi, Swiss-born and trained in Europe, will present his Continental Gourmet Dinner Buffet and Sweets Table each Saturday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. through the end of the meet, except March 26, when the track returns to afternoon racing for the Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes.

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Saturday, January 29 2011

Forego trophy caps four-win day for Hays stable, trainer Scott

FLORENCE, Ky., Jan. 29, 2011 – When Tend powered past Cool Bullet at Turfway Park Saturday he not only won the $50,000 Forego Stakes but also capped a four-win day at the Northern Kentucky track for owners Billy, Donna, and Justin Hays and trainer Tony Scott.

The Hayses and Scott also won the first race with Tie, the fourth race with Scilly, and the fifth race with Zonga Zing, all claiming events.

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Friday, January 28 2011

Forego Stakes draws full gate of older horses

FLORENCE, Ky., Jan. 28, 2011 – Grand Daddy finished second in the Forego Stakes last year at Turfway Park and returns this year for another shot at the trophy, one of a dozen older horses to line up for the $50,000 6 1/2-furlong race on Saturday.

Grand Daddy comes in off two straight wins at Turfway, most recently a four-length score in an optional allowance race a month ago. He has three wins and two seconds in six starts on Turfway’s Polytrack and will be coming from off the pace. Regular rider James Lopez will be aboard for trainer Tom Drury.

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Sunday, January 23 2011

Angelica Zapata cruises to Cincinnati Trophy win

FLORENCE, Ky., Jan. 22, 2011 – Angelica Zapata stamped herself a three-year-old filly to watch with a commanding 5 1/2-length win in the $50,000 Cincinnati Trophy Stakes at Turfway Park Saturday. Golden Phoenix was second and Bach Hamilton was another 5 lengths back in third.

“I thought we would win,” said trainer Ron Pellegrini. “This filly here, every time she runs she gets better. Her numbers get better every time she runs.”

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Friday, January 21 2011

Golden Phoenix, Angelica Zapata head Cincinnati Trophy field

FLORENCE, Ky., Jan. 21, 2011 – The $50,000 Cincinnati Trophy Stakes, the second of three winter stakes that lead to the Bourbonette Oaks (G3) in March, runs Saturday at Turfway Park, with Golden Phoenix and Angelica Zapata heading the field.

Of the 10 three-year-old fillies entered for the Cincinnati Trophy, only Golden Phoenix and Angelica Zapata ran in the first of the series, the Gowell Stakes for two-year-olds in December. The two finished second and third, respectively, a head apart, four lengths behind Dr. Diamonds Prize.

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Thursday, January 20 2011

Turfway cancels Thursday card

FLORENCE, Ky., Jan 20, 2011 - Due to a developing winter storm, Turfway Park has canceled live racing for Thursday, Jan. 20. The track will open for simulcasting as usual but close early, about 5:00pm. Racing is expected to resume Friday, with first post at 5:30pm.

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Tuesday, January 18 2011

Former Racing Official Allen Fairbanks Dead at 79

CLEVELAND, Jan. 18, 2011 – Longtime racing official Allen Fairbanks passed away yesterday in Florida after a long illness. He was 79.

Fairbanks served as accredited state steward at Thistledown for 21 years, retiring in December 2004. Before his long tenure at the Cleveland-area track, he served in the stewards’ stand at Detroit Race Course in Michigan, Balmoral Park in Illinois, and in Pennsylvania. A jockey in the 1950s and 1960s, he rode primarily in Boston, Vermont, and at other East Coast venues, with an occasional foray to Hialeah Park.

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Saturday, January 15 2011

Wishing Well win caps comeback for Hungry Tigress

FLORENCE, Ky., Jan. 15, 2011 – Hungry Tigress pounced after the early leaders faltered and then ran down like-minded Minewander to take the $50,000 Wishing Well Stakes by a head at Turfway Park Saturday. Coastal Solace was 5 1/4 lengths farther back in third. Final time for the six furlongs was 1:12.96.

The victory capped a comeback for Hungry Tigress, who was sidelined for a year by a cracked cannon bone after a runner-up finish in the Autumn Leaves Stakes at Mountaineer in October 2009. Her success in the Wishing Well followed two off-the-board finishes since the layoff, one in November at Churchill Downs and the other at Turfway early last month.

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Friday, January 14 2011

War Kill returns in Wishing Well Stakes

FLORENCE, Ky., Jan. 14, 2011 – Turfway Park has been much friendlier to speed horses so far in January than it was in December, and several of the 10 older fillies and mares entered in Saturday’s $50,000 Wishing Well Stakes fit the description.

War Kill has the credentials to win the six-furlong Wishing Well Stakes if she’s ready. She has done her best running on or near the lead, is three-for-four on Polytrack, and is a graded stakes winner. But the game graded win, the Beaumont Stakes (G2) at Keeneland, came 21 months ago, she enters the Wishing Well off an 11-week layoff, and she has been able to start only 10 times in three years. On the other hand, she was beaten only three lengths at Keeneland in her last race despite stumbling at the start, won two starts back at Turfway, and has been training well on Keeneland’s Polytrack. Perry Ouzts was aboard for the win at Turfway and will be back up Saturday for Ken McPeek .

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Turfway to Race at Night on Saturdays

FLORENCE, Ky., Jan. 13, 2011 - Effective Feb. 5 and with the exception of Mar. 26, post time on Saturdays through the remainder of Turfway Park's current winter/spring meet will be 5:30pm ET. The Saturday cards will offer 12 races.

March 26, Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes Day, retains the track's traditional 1:10pm ET Saturday post.

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Sunday, January 09 2011

Inhisglory wins stretch battle to take Turfway Prevue

FLORENCE, Ky., Jan. 8, 2011 – Eleven three-year-olds broke the gate in the $50,000 Turfway Prevue Stakes Saturday at Turfway Park, but from the eighth pole to the wire it was a gutsy match race, with Inhisglory edging Banjammer by the barest nose to earn his first stakes trophy. Bluegrass Dreamer was six lengths farther back in third. Final time for the 6 1/2-furlong race was 1:21.78.

Wearing blinkers for the first time and with veteran rider Rodney Prescott aboard, Inhisglory settled fifth among a crowd down the backstretch. Tale of Lucknfame set the pace in :23.24 for the quarter and :48.16 for the half before dropping back. As the field entered the turn, the rail opened wide, Prescott called an audible, and Inhisglory skimmed through. Banjammer bumped with Tale of Lucknfame at the start and trailed the field early but quickly made up ground, coming wide and hard around the turn to set up the classic battle down the stretch.

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Friday, January 07 2011

Turfway Prevue kicks off local prep series

FLORENCE, Ky., Jan. 7, 2011 – Eleven three-year-old colts and geldings will begin their sophomore campaigns in the $50,000 Turfway Prevue at Turfway Park Saturday. The 6 1/2-furlong Prevue is the first of three local races leading to Turfway’s Kentucky Derby prep race, the Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes (G3) in March.

Inhisglory comes into the Turfway Prevue off an optional allowance win at Turfway, his second in three career starts, all of which have come on different Polytrack surfaces. He trains at Turfway under the guidance of Wayne Mogge and will be ridden in the Turfway Prevue by Rodney Prescott.

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