Sunday, January 2, 2011 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, Ky., Jan 2, 2011 – Turfway Park ended its 2010 Holiday Meet with gains in average daily on-track wagering but declines in all-sources and total on-track wagering. The meet began Dec. 2 and ended Dec. 31.
With live racing offered 17 days in the 2010 meet compared to 21 days in 2009, average daily wagering on Turfway races by patrons at the track rose 10.5 percent to $116,371. Average daily wagering on Turfway races from all sources fell 15.1 percent to $2,372,697.
Comparing the two meets in toto, on-track wagering fell 10.6 percent to $1,978,311 and all-sources wagering fell 31.3 percent to $40,335,854. Turfway cut its live racing schedule to four days a week for the 2010 Holiday Meet, compared to five days in the same meet in 2009.
Field size improved slightly to 10.2 starters per race compared to 10.1 in 2009.
Purses paid across the meet dropped 24.6 percent to $1,767,775. Average purses paid per day dropped 6.8 percent to $103,987.
In the just-completed meet, Turfway canceled one full card due to a winter storm and one partial card due to a power outage.
In addition to its popular Dollar Friday parties, Turfway this year inaugurated a New Year's Eve tradition, shifting post time to accommodate the first annual Track Bash. Reserved seating sold out for the event.
Pedroza, Maker, Ramseys and Patton's Creek Farm top standings
Seventeen-year-old apprentice jockey Marcelino Pedroza Jr. earned his first career riding title with 21 wins from 108 mounts, holding off veteran Rodney Prescott in second with 19 wins from 117 mounts. Ben Creed and Jozbin Santana tied for third with 14 wins each, Creed from 116 mounts and Santana from just 63 mounts.
Mike Maker won his sixth Turfway training title, saddling 11 winners from 37 starters. Tom Drury Jr. was second with six winners from 25 starters, and Brian Waltz was third with five winners from just 14 starters to earn his first appearance on the leading trainers list.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey and Patton's Creek Farm (Michael Snyder) tied for leading owner honors with three winners each, the Ramseys from 11 starters and Patton’s Creek Farm from just four starters. The win was the first Turfway title for Patton's Creek Farm and the eighth for the Ramseys. Fifteen owners tied for third with two winners each.
Racing at Turfway continues without interruption with the 2011 Winter/Spring Meet, which began Jan. 1 and ends Apr. 3.