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Turfway Park: Holiday Meet Sees Boost To 10-Horse Average Field Size

Turfway Park closed out its 16-day holiday meet December 31, 2019, the track’s first race meet as a property of Churchill Downs Incorporated. With purses virtually twice those of the previous holiday meet, average field size jumped from 8.6 in 2018 to 10.2.  The entry box expanded under interest from trainers new to Turfway, including […]

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Even With Santa Anita Postponement, Plenty Of Day-After-Christmas Racing Action

While the traditional day-after-Christmas opening of Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., has been postponed to Saturday, Dec. 28,  because of an impending rainstorm, there will be plenty of action on Thursday,  Dec. 26, to keep horseplayers across the U.S. busy. On the East Coast, Laurel Park returns after a three-day break, offering a nine-race […]

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Turfway Park, Woodbine Collaborate On All-Weather Winners Challenge Series

Turfway Park in Florence, Ky., and Woodbine Entertainment in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, have teamed up to create the All-Weather Winners Challenge series, with winners of designated stakes at each track earning automatic entry with nomination and entry fees paid to stakes across the border. The new series begins in 2020, with the first eligible winners […]

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Kentucky Racetracks Applaud KHRC’s Adoption Of ‘Meaningful’ Medication Reforms

Kentucky’s Thoroughbred racetracks – Keeneland, Churchill Downs, Turfway Park, Ellis Park and Kentucky Downs – united in their support of the medication reforms adopted Monday by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC). Their passage demonstrates an unprecedented unity among Kentucky’s Thoroughbred racing associations and a commitment to continue moving forward on initiatives that further strengthen […]

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Turfway Holiday Meet In The Mix As Churchill Trainers, Jockeys Make Winter Plans

The 2019 racing season at Churchill Downs is entering the final stretch and several local jockeys and trainers have firmed up their winter plans with many staying in Kentucky the month of December to run at Turfway Park. “It’s very exciting with the enhanced purses at Turfway,” trainer Mike Maker said. “It should make for some very good racing up […]

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Turfway Park Returning To ‘Its Former Glory’ With Purse Increases

While construction of Turfway Park’s new facility won’t begin until the spring of 2020, changes that herald a bright future for the Northern Kentucky Thoroughbred racetrack are already evident as it opens its 44th holiday meet Dec. 4. The changes result from Churchill Downs Inc.’s purchase of Turfway in mid-October. Most notably, purses for the […]

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Jockey Martin Garcia Moving Tack To Midwest From Southern California

Although jockey Martin Garcia rode at Del Mar over the weekend, his agent tells the Daily Racing Form Garcia is leaving Southern California to ride in the Midwest, starting Wednesday at Churchill Downs. Agent Jay Fedor told DRF Garcia, 35, will also ride at Turfway Park and then at Oaklawn Park in Arkansas, beginning in […]

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Churchill Downs Receives Approval For 5,500 Additional Historical Racing Terminals

This Tuesday, the Daily Racing Form reported that the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission approved Churchill Downs’ proposals to install an additional 5,500 historical racing terminals. At Churchill’s newly-purchased Turfway Park, the commission approved the installation of up to 2,500 new machines, while the other 3,000 will be split between the company’s Louisville-based Derby City Gaming and […]

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‘A Lot Of Pictures’: Turfway Park Trainer Gary Johnson Captures 1,500th Career Win

Trainer Gary Johnson scored his 1,500th career win Tuesday when Sheswildnfree cleared the field by 4 1/4 lengths in the first race at JACK Thistledown Racino. Jose Bracho Jr. was aboard for the milestone ride. “You really don’t think about [milestones] until they happen,” Johnson said. “It’s a lot of pictures, that’s for sure, a […]

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Kentucky Commission Unanimously Approves Sale Of Turfway To Churchill

At a special meeting convened Tuesday afternoon, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission voted unanimously to approve the change of control for Turfway Park, clearing the way for Churchill Downs Inc. (CDI) to purchase the track for $46 million. Churchill, operating via its wholly-owned subsidiary, NKYRG LLC, announced the deal last week, noting it was contingent […]

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