Thursday, January 7, 2010 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, KY . . . January 7, 2010 . . . The date for the 2010 Lane's End Stakes, Turfway Park’s prep race for the Kentucky Derby, has been changed to March 27, a week later than the Grade II race traditionally has been run.
"We looked at several factors in making the decision to move the Lane's End," said Turfway president Robert N. Elliston. "First, running the race five weeks before the Derby instead of the traditional six weeks should mesh with the trend toward giving horses more time between major races. Trainers can more comfortably make the Lane's End their final prep.
"In addition, March 27 is also the date of the Dubai World Cup, and the interest that card generates among bettors should mean more eyes will be on the Lane's End as well. Finally, March weather in Northern Kentucky is always a toss-up, and having an additional week gives us not only more time to promote the race but also a better shot at crowd-friendly weather."
The other stakes traditionally run on Lane's End Stakes day—the Bourbonette Oaks (G2), the Rushaway (listed), the Queen and the Hansel—also will move to March 27. The Fairway Fun Stakes, already scheduled to run March 27, will remain on that day.
The dates for Turfway's local preps leading to the Lane's End will not change. The 6-furlong Turfway Prevue was run January 2, the one-mile WEBN Stakes will run January 30, and the 8.5-furlong John Battaglia Memorial Stakes will run February 27.
Other events surrounding the Lane's End maintain their timing relative to the race. The traditional Lane's End Stakes cap giveaway will be March 13 and the 30th annual commemorative glass giveaway is scheduled for March 20. Also scheduled for the 20th is the 9th annual Charity Night at the Tables.
The Call to the Post Luncheon and Post Position Draw will be held Thursday, March 25, consistent with the track's current entry schedule.