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Tickets for Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park Now Available
Graded Race is One of 34 Qualifiers for the Kentucky Derby
FLORENCE, KY and CINCINNATI, OH (Feb. 12, 2014) – Tickets are now on sale for the 43rd running of the $550,000 Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park on Sat., March 22.
The Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Spiral Stakes, a Grade 3 race for 3-year-old Thoroughbreds, is one of just 34 races in the United States and Dubai designated as qualifiers for the legendary Kentucky Derby, which is limited to 20 starters. The 1 1/8-mile Spiral Stakes offers 85 qualifying points: 50 to the winner, 20 to the runner-up, 10 to the third-place finisher and five to the horse that finishes fourth.
Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati again proudly holds title sponsorship of the Spiral Stakes. Horseshoe, which opened in March 2013 in downtown Cincinnati, began title sponsorship last year and increased the purse to $550,000, its highest point in more than a decade.
The elite venue at the Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Spiral Stakes is the VIP Tent. The 408’ x 82’ clear-span structure, which has no interior columns to block the view, seats 2,000 guests. Heated, with retractable sidewalls and installed flooring, the VIP Tent is ready for Northern Kentucky’s fickle March weather.
“We’ve run the Spiral Stakes in 70 degrees and we’ve run it in snow,” said Turfway Park general manager Chip Bach. “After dealing with the polar vortex during our racing season this year, we think Mother Nature owes us one of those 70 degree days. If she cooperates, we’ll open the sides of the tent and let the party spill out right up to the rail. Watching horses thunder around the final turn is one of the most exciting moments of any race, and that’s especially true for a race that sends a starter to the Derby.”
The VIP Tent is the see-and-be-seen party at the Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Spiral Stakes, and Derby-worthy fashion is de rigueur. The $175 ticket includes the grand buffet, premium open bar, racing program, commemorative glass, luxury shopping venues such as Fabulous Furs and Triple Crown Hats, prize drawings and live entertainment by popular dance and party band The Chuck Taylors.
Approximately 40 flat screen TVs throughout the tent bring the races inside, or guests can watch from the tent’s private viewing area along the rail. For those who can’t decide between hoops and horses, several screens will be dedicated to the NCAA basketball tournament.
The VIP Tent also is a popular venue for corporate entertaining, with tables for 10 available for $1,750.
Turfway’s five-story grandstand offers a range of other reserved options, including buffet, panoramic views of the track and handicapping stations with individual TVs, from $25 to $80.
General admission is $10, with first come, first served seating on the track apron and in the grandstand. Fans are welcome to bring folding chairs for additional apron seating. Coolers are not permitted. Parking is free; valet parking is $5.
Tickets are available at 800-733-0200, at the general office at Turfway or online at www.turfway.com.
“Spiral Stakes day has been a tradition in Northern Kentucky for 43 years,” Bach continued. “People get together with friends and reserve the same seats year after year. The race is Turfway’s day on the national racing stage, and we look forward to renewing the tradition with longtime fans and introducing new fans to the excitement of first class Thoroughbred racing.”
The day’s 12-race card also includes the Grade 3 $125,000 Bourbonette Oaks, a one-mile, 85-point qualifier for the Kentucky Oaks, the filly counterpart to the Derby.
Nominations to the Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Spiral Stakes close March 1. Entries will be drawn Wed., March 19, at the Call to the Post luncheon held again this year at Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati. This event is not open to the public.
The Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Spiral Stakes and the Bourbonette Oaks will be broadcast live on TVG and on the Horse Racing Radio Network. First post is 1:10 p.m. ET.
About the Spiral Stakes
The Spiral Stakes was established in 1972 by then-general manager John Battaglia, father of longtime Turfway announcer and NBC analyst Mike Battaglia. The elder Battaglia envisioned a race for 3-year-olds that would start at Turfway—then Latonia—and “spiral up” first to the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland and then to the Kentucky Derby. The race earned graded status in 1984 and has been sponsored almost continually since 1982.
The Spiral Stakes has produced two Derby winners: Lil E. Tee in 1992 and Animal Kingdom in 2011, the latter also that year’s Eclipse Award champion 3-year-old male.
The first Spiral Stakes winner to compete in the Kentucky Derby was Inca Roca in 1976; he finished seventh of nine. The race first garnered national attention in 1983 when Spiral winner Marfa finished fifth as the Derby favorite. The following year two Spiral contenders, Coax Me Chad and winner At the Threshold, finished second and third, respectively, in the Derby. In 1991, Hansel became the Spiral’s first champion when he earned the Eclipse Award as outstanding 3-year-old male. Prairie Bayou earned the same honor for 1993, and Serena’s Song, the only filly to win the Spiral Stakes, was named champion 3-year-old filly for 1995.
About Turfway Park
Established in 1959, Turfway Park is a premier Thoroughbred race track in Northern Kentucky that offers live racing from December through March and simulcast wagering year-round. Known for innovation, Turfway in 2005 became the first track in North America to install an all-weather surface for racing. Turfway features a one-mile racing oval and stabling for approximately 1,000 horses.
About Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati
Rock Gaming LLC and Caesars Entertainment Corporation opened the $400 million full-service Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati in March 2013. The property includes three outward facing restaurants to engage pedestrians and support existing downtown businesses, cultural events, nightlife and sports attractions. The casino employs nearly 1,700 team members and features 2,000 slot machines, 85 table games, and a World Series of Poker room, along with a feature bar, a quick-casual eatery and a buffet restaurant. For more information please visit www.horseshoecincinnati.com.