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Turfway adds St. Patrick's Day Handicap

Wednesday, February 6, 2008 12:00 AM
  • General
Monday cards to replace lost days
FLORENCE, KY . . . February 6, 2008 . . . Turfway Park has added the St. Patrick's Day Handicap to its annual stakes schedule. Carded for 4-year-olds and upward and covering six furlongs, the overnight handicap carries a $50,000 purse, including $24,600 from the Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund (KTDF). Nominations close March 5. The race will run March 17.

The March 17 program is one of two Monday cards added to Turfway's live racing schedule this meet to replace full days lost to bitter cold in January. The other Monday card will run on Presidents Day, February 18.

"The St. Patrick's Day Handicap fills a gap in our stakes schedule for older male horses going short," said Racing Secretary Rick Leigh. "After the Forego sprint in January, we had only routes for this group in the Winter/Spring Meet. The St. Patrick's Day Handicap increases horsemen's options for their good older horses."

Turfway also has raised purses on KTDF races during the current meet by 5 percent.

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