Friday, October 6, 2006 12:00 AM
Another record for Leparoux, first title for Reinstedler
FLORENCE, KY . . . October 6, 2006 . . . Turfway Park hit the Daily Double in its 2006 Fall Meet, posting increases in the amount wagered on its races both at the track and at off-track facilities. The meet closed Thursday after 22 days of live racing, the track's second Fall Meet on Polytrack.
The amount wagered on-track on Turfway races increased to $3,039,290, up 4.6 percent over the 2005 Fall Meet. The amount wagered on Turfway races by players at other locations rose 24.9 percent to $55,521,566. Altogether, all-sources handle on Turfway races totaled $58,560,856, up 23.6 percent over last year's Fall Meet.
"This is the third consecutive meet that we have posted increases in on-track handle and double-digit increases in off-track and all-sources handle on our races," said Turfway Park president Robert N. Elliston, "so it seems that any questions bettors have about Polytrack have been answered. We are offering our patrons good betting races with good-sized fields and competitive horses—in short, a better product—and that stems directly from horsemen's acceptance of the surface."
The average number of starters per race increased to 8.9, compared to 8.7 in 2005.
While the track's contribution to purses stayed nearly level with 2005's Fall Meet, showing a 2.6 percent decline, total available purse money for the 2006 meet dropped 8.7 percent to $3,577,420. The drop reflects a concerted effort in the 2005 Fall Meet to pay down a balance of Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund monies accumulated during cancellations in the 2005 Winter/Spring Meet.
Jockey Julien Leparoux earned 38 wins from 131 starts to claim not only a second straight meet title but also a second straight meet record. The previous Fall Meet record had been 37 wins, set in 1968 by Glen Brogan. Earlier this year Leparoux broke the track record for wins in a Winter/Spring Meet with 167.
Winning at a 29 percent clip, Leparoux also earned 33 seconds and 16 thirds during the Fall Meet for a 66 percent in-the-money performance and total purse earnings of $527,569, best among Turfway jockeys. Miguel Mena was second with 21 wins. Apprentice Victor Lebron was third with 19.
Anthony Reinstedler won his first Turfway training title with 5 wins, 1 second, and 3 thirds from 13 starts. Among his wins were two Grade III races, the Turfway Park Fall Championship with Gouldings Green and the Kentucky Cup Juvenile with U D Ghetto, the latter a probable Breeders' Cup starter. Wayne Bearden, Patrick Biancone, Helen Pitts, Jamie Grubbs, and Stephen Margolis tied for second among trainers with four wins each.
Overbrook Farm, Robert J. Mondun, Lucky Seven Stable, and Melnyk Racing Stables Inc. tied for leading owner honors with three wins apiece.
Live racing returns to Turfway November 26. The track remains open for simulcasting.