Friday, September 22, 2006 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, KY . . . September 22, 2006 . . . Turfway Park was honored last night with the ImageMaker Award, an award presented occasionally by the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce to recognize an individual or organization whose achievements have brought special national or international attention to Northern Kentucky.
The award was presented to Turfway Park president Robert N. Elliston at the chamber's annual black-tie dinner, held Thursday at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington.
"We at Turfway Park are proud of the role we play in the Thoroughbred racing industry, particularly in Kentucky, the center of that industry, and we are equally proud to participate in the vision and energy of Northern Kentucky," Elliston said. "We are honored to receive the ImageMaker Award because it is given by our neighbors in recognition of what we have brought to our neighborhood."
With a nod to its days as Latonia, Turfway earned the award for its commitment to innovation, notably its groundbreaking installation of Polytrack in 2005. As the first track in North America to race on the all-weather surface known for its safety record, Turfway was the subject of national media attention, which increased after the 2006 Kentucky Derby winner, Barbaro, was injured during the running of the Preakness Stakes in May. The track also has received national recognition for its innovative customer service initiatives developed through its FasTrack Rewards loyalty program.