Thursday, January 19, 2006 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, KY . . . January 19, 2006 . . . Strong interest in Turfway Park racing has allowed the track to increase association purses by 5 percent, announced track president Robert N. Elliston. The increase took effect beginning with races carded for Thursday, January 19.
“As we saw in our recent Holiday Meet and in these first weeks of our Winter/Spring Meet, Turfway’s business has been good,” said Elliston. “We have especially noted an increase in out-of-state wagering on our races, and we are pleased that handicappers across the country are investing their time and money in Turfway’s product. We appreciate the opportunity their confidence gives us to pass along increased purse money to our horsemen.”
During the Holiday Meet, which ran November 27 through December 31, 2005, purses rose 15.7 percent over the same period in 2004. The upsurge stemmed in part from an increase in allowance races, as horses that normally would have raced at Fair Grounds came instead to Turfway and as horsemen responded positively to the track’s Polytrack surface.