Tuesday, August 31, 2004 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, KY . . . August 31, 2004 . . . Live Thoroughbred racing returns to Turfway Park September 8, and the track has packed the short Fall Meet schedule with plenty of fun for dedicated handicappers and casual fans alike.
The highlight of the Fall Meet is the 11th running of the Kentucky Cup Day of Champions on Saturday, September 18. Kentucky Cup races annually attract top horses on their way to the $14 million Breeders’ Cup, the “All-Star Game” of Thoroughbred racing held each October; last year’s Kentucky Cup Sprint winner, Cajun Beat, went on to win the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint. Reserved seating is available on Kentucky Cup Day, but general admission is free that day and every day of the Fall Meet. Parking also is free; valet parking is available.
Throughout the Fall Meet, races begin at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays and at 1:10 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Simulcasting continues Wednesday through Sunday as well, with gates opening at 11:15 a.m. Turfway is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. The Fall Meet ends October 7.
With good weather, the focus is on fun in the Corona Cantina, located trackside near the finish line. Activities lined up throughout the Fall Meet include:
Wednesdays: Weekly local handicapping contest; $25 to enter. ($20 for members of FasTrack Rewards, Turfway’s loyalty program.)
Thursdays: With valid ID, college students get a free program, a free soft drink, and a $2 betting voucher. The track also will offer a handicapping seminar for beginners from 6:00 to 6:45 p.m. on Thursdays.
Fridays: The track offers $1 Dog and $1 Draft Night each Friday throughout the facility. In the Cantina, WEBN will broadcast live from 6 to 8 p.m., and adventurous fans can play games for prizes. Finalists in the meet-long Triple Corona Racing game will play for a $500 Corona prize package at meet’s end.
Saturdays except September 18: Families can enjoy 4 hot dogs, 4 soft drinks, popcorn, and two programs for $15, a $10 savings. Jockeys are scheduled to be available for photo ops and questions after some races.
Sundays: NFL Sunday Ticket returns to the Homestretch restaurant, which offers food and drink specials throughout the day.
Turfway Park ended its 2004 live Winter/Spring Meet April 1 with healthy increases in handle, the amount wagered at the track on races run at Turfway and other tracks. Through the date of this release, the summer simulcast-only session, which ends September 6, is showing increases of more than 10 percent over last summer.