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Perry OuztsTurfway to Honor "Ironman" Jockey Perry Ouzts January 6
FLORENCE, Ky. (Jan. 2, 2017) – In support of a grassroots effort to bring 62-year-old Thoroughbred jockey Perry Ouzts to the attention of the National Racing Hall of Fame, Turfway Park will honor the local rider and his continuing 43-year career with Perry Ouzts Day on Fri., Jan. 6. The day’s fourth race will be named for Ouzts, with a presentation in the winner’s circle to follow. Read more.



Photo: Perry Ouzts. John Engelhardt photo. Click to enlarge.


Jeff Greenhill (right) celebrates his 500th career training.Trainer Jeff Greenhill Scores Career Win 500
FLORENCE, Ky. (Dec. 22, 2016) – Chemical engineer-turned-Thoroughbred trainer Jeff Greenhill, 61, scored his 500th career win Thursday when Stay On Shore won the seventh race at Turfway Park. Greenhill’s first career win also came at Turfway, in March 1996 with Count Sparks. Read more.

Photo: Jeff Greenhill, right, celebrates his 500th win with John Naparlu, owner of Stay On Shore; John's wife, Amy; and jockey Abel Lezcano. Coady Photography. Click to enlarge.


Dac repeats in the 2016 Prairie Bayou StakesDac Repeats in Prairie Bayou
FLORENCE, Ky., (Dec. 17, 2016) – Putting together a perfectly timed ride in the rain, Dac and jockey Rodney Prescott  took the $50,000 Prairie Bayou Stakes Saturday for the second straight year, running down Luck of the Kitten to win by head. Enterprising finished third, another 2-1/4 lengths back. Read more.

Photo: Dac (1) runs down Luck of the Kitten at the wire. Coady Photography. Click to enlarge.


Dac wins the 2015 Prairie BayouDac Seeks Repeat in Prairie Bayou Stakes
FLORENCE, Ky., (Dec. 15, 2016) – Five-year-old Dac will try to repeat in the $50,000 Prairie Bayou Stakes at Turfway Park Saturday, breaking from the rail in the 1 1/16-mile black type race for horses three years old and up. Rodney Prescott was aboard the Distorted Humor gelding for the win last year and has the mount again on Saturday. Read more.

Photo: Dac wins the 2015 Prairie Bayou. Coady Photography. Click to enlarge.


Trainer John OrtizJohn Ortiz Scores First Career Training Win
FLORENCE, Ky. (Dec. 7, 2016) – John A. Ortiz earned his first career training win Wednesday when Julie Burke guided Red Charm to victory in the fifth race at Turfway.

Born Feb. 24, 1986, in Colombia, Ortiz was toddling around the racetrack at the age of two, cheering on his father, jockey Carlos Ortiz. Read more.

Photo: Coady Photography


Marquee Miss wins the 2016 Holiday InauguralMarquee Miss Upsets Holiday Inaugural Stakes
FLORENCE, Ky. (Dec. 3, 2016) – Marquee Miss took advantage of a screaming pace to win the 31st running of the $50,000 Holiday Inaugural Stakes Saturday, coming home under jockey Didiel Osorio to score at 21-1. The 3-year-old Cowboy Cal filly now has four wins, all stakes. Read more.

Photo: Coady Photography. Click photo to enlarge.


Jon CourtJon Court Scores Career Win 4,000
FLORENCE, Ky. (Dec. 3, 2016) – Jockey Jon Court, 56, scored the 4,000th win of his career Saturday when he guided City Without Pity to victory in Turfway Park’s fourth race.

Born in Gainesville, Florida, Court began his career in 1980 riding in Colorado. He spent a dozen years riding in Louisiana before moving his tack to ride the Kentucky and Indiana circuits.

Read more. Photo: courtesy of Oaklawn Park


Turfway's Holiday Inaugural Stakes Draws Full Gate
FLORENCE, Ky. (Dec. 2, 2016) – An oversubscribed field of 14 fillies and mares 3 years old and up signed on to vie for the 31st running of the Holiday Inaugural Stakes at Turfway Park on Saturday. A dozen will go to post for the six-furlong black type sprint, which offers a $50,000 purse. Read more.


Turfway Park Will Kick Off 42nd Holiday Meet November 30
FLORENCE, Ky. (Nov. 29, 2016) - Turfway Park opens its 42nd holiday Thoroughbred race meet Nov. 30, racing Wednesday through Sunday through Dec. 31. Admission and parking are free.

First post is 6:15 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 3:00 p.m. on Sunday with nine races each day. The track will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Read more.


Dina Estrella, Turfway Park Sales and Marketing LeaderTurfway Hires Dina Estrella as Sales and Marketing Leader 
FLORENCE, Ky. (Sept. 8, 2016) - Turfway Park announced today the addition of Dina Estrella to spearhead sales and marketing for the Thoroughbred racetrack. Estrella will oversee advertising, sales, events and promotions with a focus on engaging fans and growing Turfway’s community presence.

“We are thrilled to welcome Dina to the Turfway team,” said General Manager Chip Bach. “Her sales and marketing experience coupled with her racing knowledge and love for Turfway Park is the ideal combination of skills and passion.” Read more.


Mike BattagliaTurfway Names Mike Battaglia Associate VP
FLORENCE, Ky. (March 4, 2016) – Mike Battaglia, whose association with Turfway Park stretches back almost half a century, will step down from the announcer’s booth to assume the role of associate vice president at the Northern Kentucky Thoroughbred race track, effective March 12. He will serve as the track’s ambassador, teaching the art and science of handicapping, engaging fans and helping to promote the track to horseplayers. Read more.

Photo: courtesy of Keeneland.

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