Monday, November 22, 2004 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, KY . . . November 22, 2004 . . . Live Thoroughbred racing returns to Northern Kentucky-Greater Cincinnati on Sunday, November 28, when Turfway Park opens its 19th annual Holiday Meet. The 24-day meet features four $50,000 stakes races, games and contests, the annual calendar giveaway, and the track’s popular Friday night parties. Admission and parking are free.
Friday nights at Turfway draw the kick-back-after-work crowd, with $1 specials on draft beer, hot dogs, and wagers. Games are keyed to learning the sport, and free beginner’s guides are available.
During the meet, members of FasTrack Rewards, Turfway’s loyalty program, can win FasTrack points in a daily equine version of Texas Hold ‘em. Now in its fourth year, FasTrack Rewards has returned nearly $1 million dollars to its members in the form of programs, merchandise, trips, and special events. Membership in FasTrack Rewards is free; patrons must be 18 years old to join.
On December 5, Turfway will host one of the last qualifying events for the 2005 Daily Racing Form/National Thoroughbred Racing Association National Handicapping Championship. Top cash prize at Turfway is $5,000, but the real draw is a chance to qualify for the national tournament at Bally’s Las Vegas in January, where players from across the country will vie for $400,000 in prizes.
The first 1,500 patrons through Turfway’s gates on Sunday, December 26, will receive the 2005 Turfway calendar featuring jockeys’ insights into the skill and art of race riding.
Meet dates and post times
November 28-December 31
Wednesday-Friday, 5:30 p.m. ET
Saturday-Sunday, 1:10 p.m. ET
12 live races on Friday and Saturday; 9 live races on Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday
Closed Monday and Tuesday
Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day (Friday and Saturday, December 24 and 25)
Open Monday and Tuesday, December 27 and 28.
Post time Monday-Friday, December 27-31: 1:10 p.m.
Parking: Free (valet parking: $3)
Saturday, Dec. 4--Holiday Inaugural Stakes—$50,000, 3yo and up, 6 furlongs
Saturday, Dec. 11--My Charmer Stakes—$50,000, fillies/mares 3yo and up, 1-1/16 miles
Saturday, Dec. 18--Prairie Bayou Stakes—$50,000, 3yo and up, 1-1/8 miles
Sunday, Dec. 26--Gowell Stakes—$50,000, 2yo fillies, 6 furlongs