Thursday, August 17, 2006 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, KY . . . August 17, 2006 . . . CORRECTED . . . Live Thoroughbred racing returns to Turfway Park on Wednesday, September 6, the beginning of the Northern Kentucky track's 21st Fall Meet. The meet runs through October 5.
Highlighting the Fall Meet are the 13th annual Kentucky Cup Day of Champions and Turfway's second annual College Scholarship Day, both set for September 30.
Kentucky Cup gets the VIP treatment
The centerpiece of Kentucky Cup Day is a series of five stakes races that prep horses for the $20 million Breeders' Cup World Championships later in the fall. With purses totaling nearly $1 million, the 12-race Kentucky Cup card is headlined by the $350,000 Grade II Classic and features the Juvenile (G3), Juvenile Fillies (listed), Sprint (G3), and Turfway Breeders' Cup (G3).
For the first time, Kentucky Cup Day this year offers upscale tent seating similar to the popular Maker's Mark VIP Tent at the Lane's End Stakes in the spring. Called the VIP Paddock Pavilion, the tent will be set up near the paddock and feature a full buffet and open bar. Tickets are $100; other reserved seats ranging from $5 to $37 are available throughout the facility.
As always, general admission, grandstand seating, and parking are free on Kentucky Cup Day.
Other Saturday stakes races on the fall calendar are the $100,000 Grade III Fall Championship on September 9, first run in 1919 at the bygone track in Latonia; the Marfa Stakes on September 16; and the Weekend Delight Stakes on September 23.
College Scholarship Day offers $10,000
Turfway's second annual College Scholarship Day, presented in conjunction with the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association, offers $10,000 in scholarship money. To be eligible, students must be enrolled full-time for the 2006 fall semester at an educational institution that qualifies for federal aid. Ten $1,000 scholarships will be awarded by random drawing, one after each of the first 10 races on the Kentucky Cup card. The 10th drawing is open only to students affiliated with the Thoroughbred industry; the first nine are open only to eligible students not affiliated with the industry. Students must show a valid college ID to enter and can register at the track beginning at noon on September 30.
Friday night parties return
With $1 draft beer, $1 hot dogs, $1 minimum bets, and chances to win prizes, Friday nights at Turfway will again be the place to start the weekend. Cincinnati's rock station WEBN also returns each Friday to broadcast live from 8 to 10 p.m. trackside, and local bands will hit the stage immediately after live racing until 1 a.m.
Live racing begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday–Friday and at 1:10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The track has no live races on Monday and Tuesday but is open for simulcasting every day in September except September 5. Gates open at 11:15 a.m.
Complete details about Turfway Park racing, promotions, and contests are available at www.turfway.com.