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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Sunday, January 02 2011

Daily wagering up on-track for Turfway Park Holiday Meet

FLORENCE, Ky., Jan 2, 2011 – Turfway Park ended its 2010 Holiday Meet with gains in average daily on-track wagering but declines in all-sources and total on-track wagering. The meet began Dec. 2 and ended Dec. 31.

With live racing offered 17 days in the 2010 meet compared to 21 days in 2009, average daily wagering on Turfway races by patrons at the track rose 10.5 percent to $116,371. Average daily wagering on Turfway races from all sources fell 15.1 percent to $2,372,697.

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Saturday, January 01 2011

Western Prospector a stakes winner in Holiday Cheer

FLORENCE, Ky., Jan. 1, 2011 – Western Prospector rewarded his connections’ patience Saturday, taking the $50,000 Holiday Cheer at Turfway Park by 1-1/4 lengths over River Bear. Tend was a head farther back in third. Final time for the 6-furlong race was 1:10.58.

The Holiday Cheer was Western Prospector’s first stakes attempt in 20 career starts, and it fell on his official fifth birthday.

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Monday, December 27 2010

Dr. Diamonds Prize gets first stakes win in Gowell

FLORENCE, Ky., Dec. 26, 2010 – Dr. Diamonds Prize enters the new year a stakes winner after taking the $50,000 Gowell Stakes by four lengths Sunday at Turfway Park. Golden Phoenix was second. Angelica Zapata was a head back in third and Musical Prodigy was another head back to complete the superfecta. Final time for the Gowell, six furlongs for two-year-old fillies, was 1:12.18.

Musical Prodigy was out first and clocked the first two quarters in :23.12 and :47.13, with Golden Phoenix second off her flank to the inside and Dr. Diamonds Prize just back in third to the outside. Musical Prodigy yielded to Dr. Diamonds Prize leaving the turn. Angelica Zapata raced two to three lengths off the leaders before catching Musical Prodigy late.

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