Monday, December 6, 2010 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, Ky., December 6, 2010 – Turfway Park announced today that Vinery will be the title sponsor for the track’s premier race for 3-year-olds beginning next spring. Established in 1972 as the Spiral Stakes, the race has continually attracted top fields and is a significant prep for the Kentucky Derby. The initial contract will run five years, with renewal considered annually after that time.
Beginning with the 40th running on March 26, 2011, the race will be the Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes.
"Vinery is committed to supporting racing,” said farm president Tom Ludt, "and we are especially pleased to be associated with a race that is a major fixture in the 3-year-old division."
With farms in Kentucky, Florida, and New York, Vinery is a full service Thoroughbred operation offering boarding, sales representation and preparation, breaking, bloodstock services, and rehabilitation and layups as well as racing partnerships.
"Turfway was a pioneer in Thoroughbred race sponsorship, and the Spiral Stakes has had strong sponsorship support since 1982," said Turfway Park president Robert N. Elliston. "We have appreciated all the contributions to this race's success and are proud to move forward with Vinery as we incorporate fresh ideas into this long tradition."
Most recently sponsored by Lane's End, the Turfway race carries graded status and a $500,000 purse, virtually guaranteeing the winner a spot in the starting gate for the Kentucky Derby.
Opened in 1959 as Latonia, Turfway Park offers Thoroughbred racing during the fall and winter as part of Kentucky's year round racing circuit. The track was renamed in 1986 and has been owned since 1999 by the Keeneland Association and Caesars Entertainment.