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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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Kentucky Tracks React to Evans

In his recent presentation at the University of Arizona Symposium on Racing and Wagering, CDI president and CEO Robert Evans included a contraction of tracks from 55 to 26 to react to the supply and demand of the racing industry. Bob Elliston of Turfway Park and Nick Nicholson at Keeneland react to this with surprising […]

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Turfway Park hangs on to hope of large fields

Track president Bob Elliston has been sounding the clarion call for slots over the last couple years as his track continues to compete with slots-fueled purses in Indiana and river boat casinos in Ohio and Indiana. With the winter meet beginning Thursday, the Northern Kentucky track will keep its head up high and make the […]

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By Ray PaulickThere may not have been anyone at Wednesday’s press conference at Churchill Downs who understands horse racing’s need for slot machines or alternative forms of gambling better than Chip Woolley, the trainer of Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird. Woolley didn’t hesitate when I asked him how slot machines have turned around […]

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By Ray Paulick Amidst all the gloom and doom in American racing today (and I don’t see any need to repeat all the problems here), there are some good things going on, some positive ideas being generated and programs launched at several tracks across the country. Several of those ideas recognize the power of the […]

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By Ray Paulick The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced a series of sweeping safety and integrity reforms and the hiring of a former governor and Bush administration official during a press conference in New York this morning. The reforms, organized under the banner of the newly created NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance, touch on a wide range of issues […]

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By Ray Paulick One of the staples of the Jockey Club Round Table Conference on Matters Pertaining to Racing, to be held this Sunday in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., is a report on the activities of the Jockey Club, whose primary responsibility to the industry is registering Thoroughbreds and approving the names horses are given. Of course, […]

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