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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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Friday, December 24 2010


Full field expected for Sunday’s Gowell Stakes at Turfway


FLORENCE, Ky., Dec. 23, 2010 – A dozen two-year-old fillies will contest the six-furlong Gowell Stakes at Turfway Park on Sunday, vying not only for the $50,000 purse but also to mark themselves as players in the track’s series of stakes for three-year-old fillies over the next three months.

Likely to head the field is the filly with the least experience. Michael Pino ships in Rein in Avaricity, with Luis Contreras to ride. Rein in Avaricity broke her maiden on her first try, a November 20 maiden special on Woodbine’s Polytrack. Leading the 11-filly field nearly every step, she shook off early pressure and carried a four-length lead from the top of the stretch to the wire. She has been training steadily and well at Fair Hill Training Center in Maryland on an all-weather surface similar to Turfway’s Polytrack.





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Sunday, December 19 2010


Timeless Fashion repeats—barely—in Prairie Bayou


FLORENCE, Ky., Dec. 18, 2010 – Timeless Fashion repeated in the $50,000 Prairie Bayou Stakes at Turfway Park Saturday but only after getting the best of a thrilling three-way photo. After a furious final half-furlong, Stately Victor came up a nose short of Timeless Fashion and a head in front of Ordination.

Get Rich Quick and Dynamite Bob dueled for the lead after breaking from the two outside posts, eventually leading the field by three lengths down the backstretch. With regular jockey James Lopez aboard, Timeless Fashion rated easily in third with Stately Victor just to his outside in fourth and Ordination to his inside in fifth. Heading into the final turn, the leaders gave way as Timeless Fashion, Stately Victor, and Ordination moved to set up their stretch runs. Ordination had the lead by a length with a furlong to go, a fact that might have meant the difference for Timeless Fashion at the wire.





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Saturday, December 18 2010


Transformer blows, shuts down racing at Turfway


FLORENCE, Ky., Dec. 17, 2010 - Turfway Park was forced to cancel the last five races on Friday's card when a transformer blew just after the gates opened for the seventh race, leaving half the racing surface in the dark. Duke Energy responded but a new fuse also blew, and after more than an hour's delay the decision was made to cancel. Repairs are continuing and racing is expected to resume Saturday at 1:10pm. Simulcasting and events in the grandstand continue without interruption.



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