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Turfway Winter/Spring Meet starts New Years Day

Monday, December 29, 2008 12:00 AM
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FLORENCE, KY . . . December 29, 2008 . . . Live Thoroughbred racing continues at Turfway Park with the opening of the winter/spring meet on January 1, immediately after the closing of the holiday meet on December 31. The 69-day winter/spring meet ends April 2

Live racing will run Wednesday through Sunday each week as well as on three Mondays: January 19, February 16, and March 16. Other Mondays and all Tuesdays are dark.

Continuing a winter schedule begun last January, live racing will run in the daytime except on Fridays. First post each Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday and the three Monday dates is 1:10pm ET. The lone exception is Super Bowl Sunday, February 1, when races will begin at noon. First post each Friday is 5:30pm ET.

The highlight of the winter meet is the 38th running of the $500,000 Lane's End Stakes (G2) on March 21. A mile and an eighth for three-year-olds, the Lane’s End Stakes is a major prep for the Kentucky Derby and is annually run six weeks before the first Saturday in May.

The Lane's End undercard features the $150,000 Bourbonette Oaks (G3) for three-year-old fillies, a one-mile prep for the Kentucky Oaks. Also on the undercard are the $100,000 Rushaway, 1 1/16 miles for three-year-olds; the $50,000 Hansel, a six furlong sprint also for three-year-olds; and the $50,000 Queen, six furlongs for older fillies and mares.

At $175 per seat, the party in the Maker's Mark VIP Tent is again the top ticket on Lane’s End day. Other reserved seating from $25 to $80 is available throughout the grandstand. General admission is $10 on Lane’s End day. Tickets are on sale now.

Admission is free every day of the meet except Lane's End day, and parking is free every day. Valet parking is available.

The winter/spring meet also offers a dozen other stakes races, each with a $50,000 purse except as noted. The complete stakes schedule is:

January 3: Turfway Prevue Stakes, first local prep for the Lane's End Stakes
January 10: Wishing Well Stakes
January 17: Cincinnati Trophy Stakes, first local prep for the Bourbonette Oaks
January 24: Forego Stakes
January 31: WEBN Stakes, second local prep for the Lane's End

February 7: Likely Exchange Stakes
February 14: Dust Commander Stakes
February 21: Valdale Stakes, second local prep for the Bourbonette
February 28: $100,000 John Battaglia Memorial Stakes, third local prep for the Lane’s End

March 7: Wintergreen Stakes
March 14: Tejano Run Stakes
March 21: Lane's End Stakes, Bourbonette Oaks, Rushaway, Hansel, and Queen
March 28: Fairway Fun Stakes

In conjunction with the WEBN Stakes, Cincinnati rock radio station WEBN and Turfway will host the 8th annual WEBN Stakes Party on January 31. Tickets are required but free on-air from WEBN and at Turfway Park on Dollar Fridays.

Turfway's popular Dollar Fridays, named "Best of the City 2008 – Best Cheap Date" by Cincinnati Magazine, will continue throughout the winter meet. Featuring Bud and Bud Light draft beer, hot dogs, and bets for one dollar each, Dollar Fridays also offer giveaways, games aimed at novice players, and, on most Fridays, live music.

Events in the near future include 96 Rock Pony Keg Night on January 17 and Intimidation Cage Fighting bouts on January 24. Complete information on all events will be posted throughout the meet at www.turfway.com.

Complementing its live racing schedule, Turfway is open for simulcast racing Wednesday through Sunday each week and additionally on Mondays in January and February. Gates open at 11:15am ET daily except as announced.

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