Edited Turfway Park Release — Turfway Park in Florence, Ky. is set to open for live racing on Wednesday, Dec. 2. Racing will be conducted Wednesday through Saturday until Jan. 3, 2021, after which the schedule will shift to Thursday through Saturday from Jan. 7 through March 28.
First post is scheduled for 6:15 p.m., Eastern time.
Several new trainers highlight the 2020 – 2021 racing season including Brad Cox, winner of four Breeders’ Cup World Championship races at Keeneland this year, and Hall of Fame trainer Mark Casse. Other new notable trainers that will have stalls on the Turfway backside include Mike Tomlinson, Ray Handal, Jonathan Thomas and Eddie Kenneally. Returning Turfway mainstays who will again be stabled on the grounds include 2019 – 2020 leading trainer Mike Maker, Wesley Ward, Jeff Greenhill and Kim Hammond.
“I am really looking forward to having horses stabled at Turfway Park this winter,” Brad Cox said. “It will be the first time I have had horses stabled at Turfway since 2008 and this allows me the opportunity to race year round in Kentucky. Our horses have been training for a few weeks over the new Tapeta track and it appears to be an excellent racing surface. We are excited to be there and are looking forward to the race meet.”
Several new jockeys will be calling Turfway home this winter including Chris Landeros, who will stay in his home base of Kentucky for the winter, and Reylu Gutierrez, who has spent previous winters in New York. Other new faces that will ride at Turfway for the first time this winter include Rocco Bowen, Declan Cannon, and Jermaine Bridgmohan.
Last year’s leading jockey Albin Jimenez as well as other Turfway Park regulars John McKee, Malcolm Franklin, Rodney Prescott and Gerardo Corrales will be back for the 2020 – 2021 race meet.
Turfway Park will be closed to only essential personnel and licensed thoroughbred owners with horses racing on the evening for the 2020 – 2021 race meet. Racing fans in the Northern Kentucky area are encouraged to visit Newport Racing and Gaming to watch and wager on races from Turfway Park, while fans from outside the area are encouraged to wager on Twinspires.com.
The Wagering Menu will consist of a $.50 Pick 5 on races 1-5 as well as the popular $.20 Single Six Jackpot wager on races 3-8, both of which offer a low 15 percent takeout. Pick 4 wagers will be offered on races 2-5 and races 5-8. Traditional win, place, show, exacta, trifecta, superfecta, daily double and Pick 3 wagers will also be available.