Monday, August 20, 2007 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, KY . . . August 20, 2007 . . . Turfway Park brings live Thoroughbred racing back to Northern Kentucky on Wednesday, September 5, opening day of the track's 22nd Fall Meet. The meet runs through October 4.
Highlights include the 14th running of the Kentucky Cup Day of Champions, the third annual College Scholarship Day, and a new event, the So Long Summer Rib Cook-off and Blues Bash.
Kentucky Cup looks toward world championships
Set for Saturday, September 29, the Kentucky Cup Day of Champions features five stakes races that prepare top-class horses for the $23 million Breeders' Cup World Championships in October, planned this year at New Jersey’s Monmouth Park. With purses totaling nearly $1 million, Turfway’s 12-race Kentucky Cup Day card is headlined by the $350,000 Grade II Classic and features the Juvenile (G3), Juvenile Fillies (listed), Sprint (G3), and Distaff (G3) (formerly the Turfway Breeders' Cup).
Back again this year is the VIP Paddock Pavilion, upscale covered seating just steps from the track and the paddock. The $100 pavilion ticket includes a buffet and open bar. Other reserved seating throughout the facility ranges from $5 to $37. General admission, grandstand seating, and parking are free.
Other Saturday stakes races on the fall calendar are the $100,000 Fall Championship (G3) on September 8; the $75,000 Marfa Stakes on September 15; and the $75,000 Weekend Delight Stakes on September 22.
College Scholarship Day offers $10,000 to area students
Ten area college students will win $1,000 each on College Scholarship Day, also set for September 29. To be eligible, students must be enrolled full-time for the 2007 fall semester at an educational institution that qualifies for federal aid. The scholarships are awarded by random drawing, one after each of the first 10 races on the day. The 10th drawing is open only to eligible students affiliated with the Thoroughbred industry; the first nine are open 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 29. Students must be present to win.
Five i-Pod Shuffles will be given away by random drawing, courtesy of Wal-Mart, and the first 500 students to register receive a free t-shirt, compliments of All Pro Championships. College Scholarship Day is planned in cooperation with the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association.
Barbecue and blues spice up the meet
A new Northern Kentucky event, the first annual So Long Summer Rib Cook-off and Blues Bash runs September 14-16. Five national traveling ribs teams will compete for cash prizes, trophies, and the People's Choice Award. Teams include Billy Bones BBQ, winner of more than 200 awards in 25 years on the circuit; Jr.'s Wood Fired BBQ; Paul "Aussom Aussie" Mackay, famous for his traditional Australian sauce; Famous Dave’s; and Damn Yankee BBQ. On hand also will be Gary’s World Famous Foods, Graeter’s, Budweiser, and Kona Shaved Ice.
Festival-goers who drop in their votes for the People's Choice Award have a chance to win a Weber grill with tools from Ace Hardware, a $2,000 value.
The "blues" part of the weekend features a dozen local blues bands on the Guitar Center Stage, including Sonny Moorman, The Medicine Men, John Redell and The Company He Keeps, Malkum Gibson and the Mighty Juke Band, and the Jon Justice Band.
The Rib Cook-off and Blues Bash is presented by GFS Marketplace. Additional sponsors include radio stations Fox 92.5 and WEBN, Kroger, Courtyard by Marriott, the State Farm Insurance Agency of Bob Boswell, Stylistic Designs Hair Salon, and Queen City Propane.
Proceeds benefit Goodwill Industries and The Family Nurturing Center, both under the United Way banner, and the Cincy Blues Society.
The event runs 11 am to 11 pm Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Admission is $4; no admission charge for children under 7. Parking is free.
Admission to the track for live and simulcast races is free as usual.
Friday night parties return
Turfway's highly successful Friday night parties are back on the schedule, with $1 draft beer, $1 hot dogs, $1 minimum bets, and prize giveaways. Cincinnati's rock station WEBN will broadcast live from 8 to 10 pm trackside, and on September 21 the station will team with John Morrell to sponsor a hot-dog eating contest.
Live racing during the Fall Meet begins at 7 pm Wednesday–Friday and at 1:10 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Gates open at 11:15 a.m. Admission and parking are free. The track is closed for live racing on Monday and Tuesday.
Complete information about Turfway Park racing, promotions, and events is available at www.turfway.com.