Monday, November 23, 2009 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, KY . . . November 23, 2009 . . . Live Thoroughbred racing returns to Turfway Park Sunday, Nov. 29, the start of the track's Holiday Meet. Highlighting opening day is the $50,000 Holiday Inaugural Stakes, a six-furlong sprint for fillies and mares.
The rest of the stakes program, each offering a $50,000 purse, runs successive Saturdays:
Dec.--My Charmer Stakes (fillies and mares 3yo and up, 1 1/16 miles)
Dec. 12--Prairie Bayou Stakes (3yo and up, 1 1/8 miles)
Dec. 19--Gowell Stakes (2yo fillies, 6 furlongs)
Dec. 26--Holiday Cheer Stakes (3yo and up, 6 furlongs)
From opening day through Dec. 22, Turfway is open for live racing Wednesday through Sunday and closed Monday and Tuesday. First post during that time is 5:30pm on weeknights and 1:10pm on Saturday and Sunday. The track is then closed for live racing Dec. 23, 24, and 25, although the RaceBook remains open for simulcasting on the 23rd. In keeping with tradition, the track is then open for live racing from Saturday, Dec. 26, through New Year's Eve, including Monday and Tuesday that week. First post each day that week is 1:10pm. Admission and parking are free every day of the meet.
Beginning with the Holiday Meet, Turfway will add 50-cent Trifecta and Pick 4 bets to its wagering menu.
Also easy on the wallet are Dollar Fridays, when fans can enjoy draft beer and hot dogs for a dollar each as well as games, prizes, and live music. Bands scheduled for the meet include After Midnight (Dec. 4), Doghouse (Dec. 11), and DV8 (Dec. 18). Friday nights also feature a $15.95 prime rib buffet from 6:30 to 8:30pm in the smoke-free Homestretch restaurant. Reservations are recommended.
Events include World Equestrian Games Day, Toys for Tots
During live racing on Dec. 11, the 2010 FEI Alltech World Equestrian Games will host World Equestrian Games Day at Turfway Park, featuring video demonstrations of equine disciplines recognized by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI). Fans can enter to win tickets to the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Lexington next September, the first time in history the world championship games have been held in the United States.
On Dec. 3, 4, and 5, Turfway will join with WUBE-FM to present Camp Carr's Toys for Tots, supporting the U.S. Marine Corps' annual drive to provide holiday gifts for needy children in the local community. New, unwrapped toys may be dropped off outside Turfway’s front entrance, where the collection site will be staffed around the clock all three days. WUBE morning DJ Chris Carr will broadcast live from Turfway each day from 6 to 10am.
Also on the calendar is the 2nd Annual Ultimate Pinewood Derby Challenge on Dec. 2, benefitting the Dan Beard Council of the Boy Scouts of America. A take on the Cub Scouts' traditional Pinewood Derby, the Ultimate Pinewood Derby Challenge invites teams from local businesses and other groups to carve, decorate, and race small wooden cars down an incline for trophies and bragging rights. The event runs 5:30 to 8pm and includes live racing, food, musical entertainment, and cash bar. Registration details are available at www.turfway.com.
Also on the holiday schedule is Turfway's qualifier for the 11th Annual DRF/NTRA National Handicapping Championship. The qualifier, set for Dec. 6, offers prize money to 10th place and sends the top three finishers to the $1 million national championship in Las Vegas in January.
The Holiday Meet closes Dec. 31 and segues without interruption into the 2010 Winter/Spring Meet, which begins Jan. 1.