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Turfway’s Elliston: We are doing all we can

After the news that expanded gaming will once again not be coming to Kentucky, Turfway Park president Bob Elliston talked to the Daily Racing Form about their recent 25 percent purse cuts. “There was no good course,” Elliston said. “We felt like this was the least intrusive way to go. Against the backdrop of all […]

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Turfway Park cuts purses by 25 percent

Turfway Park will cut its overnight purses 25 percent effective March 3, announced Chief Financial Officer Cliff Reed.   The track’s minimum purse will drop from $6,000 to $4,500.  The minimum allowance purse will drop from $22,000 to $16,500, including supplements from the Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund. Explained Turfway Park president and CEO Robert N. […]

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Turfway continues Charity Night at the Tables tradition

Turfway Park will present the 11th Annual Charity Night at the Tables on March 17, continuing a tradition established in 2002 by the Northern Kentucky Leadership Foundation.  The stylish event is scheduled from 7:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. in the Spiral Stakes VIP Tent at Turfway Park.      Charity Night at the Tables combines […]

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NTRA approves $8 million budget for 2012, refocuses efforts

Leaders with the National Thoroughbred Racing Association say the organization remains viable and has plans to move forward in 2012 to lead where it can, reports the Blood-Horse.  Monday, the NTRA board approved an $8 million budget for next year on the eve of the Symposium on Racing & Gaming in Arizona.  The NTRA has […]

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Elliston: Turfway Park to request cut in Pick 4 takeout

Turfway Park president Bob Elliston said Wednesday the track will ask the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission to approve a cut in the takeout rate on Pick 4 wagers from 22% to 14% effective January 1st.  Turfway has requested the item be put on the agenda for the December 14 meeting of the KHRC. “We have […]

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Turfway: Kentucky Cup Classic gets new name, distance

Press Release As it returns to the Turfway Park schedule under sponsorship by WinStar Farm, the WinStar Kentucky Cup Day of Champions will see some changes, including a change in distance and name for the day’s feature race and a new logo. The Kentucky Cup Classic (G2), previously run at one mile and one-eighth, will […]

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Kentucky Cup stakes get funded; WinStar to sponsor

Turfway Park has pulled together enough funding to return all five Kentucky Cup stakes to the track’s calendar this year.  The September 24th event, sponsored by WinStar Farm, will include three graded stakes races that were suspended in 2010.  Had they not returned this year, those races would’ve lost their graded status. In addition to […]

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Turfway Park to close summer stables

Citing a lack of available horses, Turfway Park has decided to close its stable area this summer. “We simply have not had enough horses to make that a break-even proposition,” track President Bob Elliston said. The number needs to be north of 500 to be viable instead of the average of 350 horses Turfway has […]

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Turfway: No off-season training this year

Turfway Park has told horsemen it plans to close its barn area in mid-April rather than stay open for spring and summer training.  A lack of money and Kentucky’s dwindling racehorse population are major factors. “We can’t afford a loss of about $150,000,” Turfway President Bob Elliston said. “It’s expensive to maintain the backside. The […]

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Turfway Park brings back Saturday night racing

For the first time in 30 years, Turfway Park will bring back a Saturday night card this weekend. “We’ve had tremendous success on Friday nights, so we thought we’d give this a try,” said Turfway president Bob Elliston.

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