Turfway Park 46th Winter/Spring Meet Opens January 1
FLORENCE, Ky. (Dec. 27, 2013) – Turfway Park kicks off its 46th winter/spring live Thoroughbred race meet with a nine-race card on New Year’s Day.
As it has been since 1972, the highlight of the winter/spring meet is the Spiral Stakes, now under title sponsorship of Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati. Scheduled for March 22 and run at 1-1/8 miles, the Grade 3 Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Spiral Stakes is a designated Kentucky Derby prep race, offering a total of 85 points to 3-year-olds hoping to make the 20-horse Derby field.
The Grade 3 Bourbonette Oaks, one mile for 3-year-old fillies, also runs March 22 and is a designated points race for the Kentucky Oaks, counterpart to the legendary Derby.
The see-and-be-seen centerpiece of Spiral Stakes day will once again be the luxurious VIP Tent, with reserved seating throughout the building and general admission tickets available as well. Ticketing options will be announced mid-January.
Five other races complete the stakes schedule for the winter/spring meet:
Jan. 4 Wintergreen Stakes, fillies and mares 4 years old and up, one mile
Jan. 18 Forego Stakes, 4-year-olds, 6.5 furlongs
Feb. 1 96ROCK Stakes, 3-year-olds, 6.5 furlongs
Feb. 15 Cincinnati Trophy Stakes, 3-year-old fillies, 6.5 furlongs
Mar. 1 John A. Battaglia Memorial Stakes, 3-year-olds, 1-1/16 miles
The 96ROCK Stakes, shortened from a mile to sprint distance, and the Battaglia Memorial are local prep races for the Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Spiral Stakes.
Cincinnati radio station WFTK-FM sponsors the 96ROCK Stakes as well as a party the same day, by now a mid-winter tradition. Tickets to the party are free but available only as giveaways on-air and at Turfway events. Cincinnati rockers Devils Due are booked for the 96ROCK Stakes party.
With Rick DePew now at the helm of the food and beverage department, Turfway will once again offer specialty dining events, including an interactive wine dinner. Billed as Trinchero Napa Valley BYOB, the event invites guests to "Blend Your Own Bordeaux" following a five-course dinner. The winning blend will be determined by the winery’s vintner. The date for the dinner is pending.
Turfway’s popular Dollar Friday events continue, with draft beer, hot dogs, and win, place, and show bets all available for a dollar each during the live race card. Local cover bands provide live entertainment starting about 9:15 p.m.
Introduced in December, Turfway’s new Bet Squad returns on Friday nights throughout the winter/spring meet. Using games and one-on-one instruction, the Bet Squad team teaches novice players how to read a racing program, look for potential winners, and place their bets. Tip sheets and the track’s Guide to Racing are available free at the Bet Squad booth on the third floor.
Bluegrass also returns to Turfway, with three concerts presented by local public radio station WOBO-AM. The Darrell Webb Band is scheduled for Fri., Jan. 3, followed by The Special Consensus on Sat., Feb. 22, and Marty Raybon and Full Circle on Fri., Mar. 7. The concerts begin at 7 p.m. on Turfway’s fourth floor. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 the day of the show and are available online via turfway.com or by calling (859) 992-5775.
The holiday meet ends Dec. 31, and the winter/spring meet follows without interruption. In addition to the live card on Wed., Jan. 1, Turfway will offer live racing on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays in January and February and on Fridays and Saturdays in March. Post time on Fridays is 6:15 p.m. On Saturdays and Sundays, races begin at 1:10 p.m.