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Turfway Closes 46th Winter/Spring Meet

Monday, March 31, 2014 3:56 PM
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Turfway Closes 46th Winter/Spring Meet

FLORENCE, Ky. (March 31, 2014) – Turfway Park closed out its 46th winter/spring meet Sunday with repeats by its leading rider and trainer and a first-time leading owner.

After ranking second among owners for the 2013 holiday meet, Ron Paolucci’s Loooch Racing Stable took home its first leading owner title from Turfway with 13 winners from 27 starters since the meet began Jan. 1. All of Paolucci’s starters were saddled by trainer Jeff Radosevich.

Ken and Sarah Ramsey, who hold nine leading owner titles from Turfway, were second with nine wins from 25 starters, and Olivo Inirio was third with five wins from 42 starters.

Mike Maker won his second consecutive training title and his 14th overall at Turfway, saddling 17 winners from 56 starters. Among his wins were the 96ROCK Stakes with Harry’s Holiday, who later was second in the Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Spiral Stakes (G3), and the inaugural running of the Hansen Starter Handicap with Ghost Is Clear.

Radosevich, who returned to Turfway with a string in December after an absence of several years, ended the winter/spring meet with 14 wins from 42 starters to rank second. Kellyn Gorder was third with 10 wins from 31 starters.

Albin Jimenez won his first Turfway riding title in the 2013 holiday meet and immediately backed it up with his second, leading the ranks for the winter/spring meet with 55 wins from 247 mounts.

Perry Ouzts was second with 25 wins from 175 mounts. Jeremy Rose, riding the Kentucky circuit for the first time, finished third with 23 wins from 98 mounts.

Turfway completed 30 1/2 days of its scheduled 37 days of racing amid some of the harshest winter weather in two decades. By adding races to existing cards and running two optional Sundays, however, the track was able to present all but nine of the 304 races on its original schedule despite the cancellations.

“We very much appreciate our horsemen, riders and fans hanging in there with us,” said General Manager Chip Bach. “Our Polytrack performed well, considering the burden of ice and snow it bore through a nearly month-long stretch of sub-freezing weather. And our Friday night parties, with the fun of live racing, great bands, and drink specials, continued to pack the grandstand despite Mother Nature.”

The centerpiece of the winter/spring meet was Spiral Stakes day on March 22, a rare day of spring sunshine that saw Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Spiral Stakes winner We Miss Artie earn his way to the Kentucky Derby in a three-way photo finish. In the Bourbonette Oaks (G3), sponsored for the first time by Pure Romance, Aurelia’s Belle earned her way to the Kentucky Oaks (G1). New to the Spiral undercard was the Hansen Starter Handicap, sponsored by Kendall Hansen, M.D., and Interventional Pain Specialists to honor Hansen’s eponymous Breeders’ Cup winner and Eclipse Award champion, since sold to stand in South Korea. Turfway welcomed several other new sponsors to Spiral Stakes day, including Dillard’s, the day’s official fashion partner and sponsor of the VIP Tent, Joseph Cadillac and Ultimate Air Shuttle.

Turfway remains open for simulcasting Wednesday through Sunday each week and welcomes a host of special events through the off-season, including its popular Kentucky Derby party on May 3, concerts, MMA cage fights, and various charity events.

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