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Special events highlight Kentucky Cup weekend

Thursday, September 17, 2009 12:00 AM
  • Kentucky Cup
FLORENCE, KY . . . September 17, 2009 . . . Next weekend Turfway Park will present the centerpiece of its 50th anniversary fall meet, the 16th running of the Kentucky Cup Day of Champions, along with special events that include Horses and Hope, a visit by the Budweiser Clydesdales, and College Scholarship Day.

The Kentucky Cup Day of Champions, set for Saturday, September 26, is a series of graded stakes races used as preps for the $25.5 million Breeders' Cup World Championships, held this year at Santa Anita Park in November. The $200,000 Kentucky Cup Classic (G2), the $100,000 Distaff (G3), and the $100,000 Sprint (G3) highlight a commingled card of 10 live races from Turfway and six races simulcast from Kentucky Downs, the country’s only European-style turf course.

General admission to Kentucky Cup Day is free. Reserved seating ranges from $5 to $100, some including buffet. The top ticket is the VIP Paddock Pavilion, sited between the paddock and the rail and offering Chef Peter Haubi's grand buffet, premium open bar, and private viewing area. Reservations are available by calling (859) 371-0200.

Saturday also features Turfway's 5th Annual College Scholarship Day, a $10,000 giveaway sponsored by Turfway Park and the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association (KTA). Ten students will win $1,000 each by random drawing. The first 500 students to register will receive a free t-shirt, and five iPods will be given away as well. Registration begins at noon. Students must be enrolled for the 2009 fall semester, show current college ID, and be present to win. Official rules are available at www.turfway.com.

Marketing of this year's scholarship event at Turfway has been directed by students in the Sports and Entertainment Business Environment class of Professor Robert Arnold at Thomas More College, Crestview Hills, Ky.

A total of $324,000 has been given away through College Scholarship Day events at Kentucky tracks since the KTA initiated the program in 2000. Additional sponsorship for Turfway's scholarship day this year is provided by All Pro Championships, Monster Energy, and Walmart.

First post Saturday is 1:10pm.

On Friday, September 25, First Lady Jane Beshear will return to Turfway for the 2nd annual celebration of Horses and Hope to increase breast cancer education, screening, and treatment referral among workers in Kentucky's horse industry and their families. Breast cancer survivors are invited to join Mrs. Beshear at 6:30pm for a reception in the VIP Paddock Pavilion and, after the fourth race, for a photo in the winner's circle. The first lady also will present the Turfway Park Horses and Hope trophy to the winner of the third race. The reception is free for survivors but reservations are required. Those wishing to attend should contact Kathy Rack at the Northern Kentucky District office of the Kentucky Cancer Program at (859) 442-3525.

After Friday's second race, the legendary Budweiser Clydesdales will parade on the track, with pink ribbons decorating their wagon in honor of Horses and Hope. First post Friday is 7pm.

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