Turfway Park Cancels Live Racing for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
Dollar Friday Party and Live Music Still On
FLORENCE, Ky. (Feb. 13, 2014) – Turfway Park has canceled live racing for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Feb. 14, 15, and 16.
Turfway Park general manager Chip Bach said, “Turfway will cancel racing this weekend due to accumulated snow and ice build-up in the track surface. Since last weekend’s cancellations (five races on Sat., Feb. 8, and the entire card on Sun., Feb. 9), temperatures have remained in the teens and near zero overnight, offering no opportunity for the surface to thaw.
“The weather this winter has subjected the surface to significant accumulations of snow and ice. Typically, significant snow accumulation—three inches or more—is simply graded and removed from the surface. This year, several minor accumulations and especially snow blown into the surface by high winds resulted in the surface retaining much more precipitation than usual. In a normal winter, sunshine and a few days above freezing relieves the track of moisture. This year, however, temperatures have been much lower for much longer and precipitation much higher.
“A brief storm of rain, ice, and snow last Tuesday caused a dramatic amount of precipitation to permeate the surface. The subsequent rapid drop in temperature flash-froze that moisture, which created the conditions that forced cancellation last week. The unrelenting cold temperatures since that day have provided no relief in thawing the surface. Since the safety of our riders and horses is our chief concern, we were left with no decision other than to cancel our races.”
According to Director of Racing Tyler Picklesimer, Turfway will make up some of the lost races by picking up an optional day on Sun., March 2, and by carding 11 races instead of nine through the end of the meet if entries support the expansion. The meet ends March 29.
The Cincinnati Trophy Stakes, originally scheduled for Sat., Feb. 15, will not be rescheduled.
Entries will be taken again Sun., Feb. 16, for Fri., Feb. 21.
The Dollar Friday party on Feb. 14 will go on despite the loss of live racing, with Doghouse taking the Willis Music Stage around 8 p.m. and dollar draft beer available.