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Friday, February 15, 2013 12:00 AM
  • Spiral Stakes
Three New Sponsorships Dominate Turfway Park March 23 Race Card

February 15, 2013 (Cincinnati & Florence, Ky.) - Horseshoe Cincinnati, a $400 million full-service casino that will open in downtown Cincinnati next month, will be the title sponsor of the 42nd running of the Spiral Stakes held at sister-property Turfway Park on March 23. The Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Spiral Stakes is one of 36 qualifying races for the 2013 Kentucky Derby that will be held at Churchill Downs in May. Horseshoe Cincinnati's sponsorship will increase the race purse to $550,000, its highest payout in more than a decade.

"We are excited to have one of the country's premier entertainment brands sponsor our most important race," said Chip Bach, general manager of Turfway Park. "As Northern Kentuckians and Southwestern Ohioans will soon experience, Horseshoe is known for bringing a first class experience to its customers, and we know that Horseshoe's involvement will elevate the Spiral Stakes experience for our race fans and horsemen as well." The Spiral Stakes was established in 1972 and has produced several Triple Crown race winners, including Kentucky Derby winners Lil E. Tee (1992) and Animal Kingdom (2011).

In addition to the title race sponsorship, the casino will also host Call to the Post on Wed., March 20, during a reception inside the new Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati VIP lounge. At the exclusive Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Spiral Stakes pre-race event, entries will be taken and post positions will be drawn. Mike Battaglia, NBC horse racing commentator and longtime Turfway Park announcer and oddsmaker, will be on hand to analyze the field and set the morning line.

In addition, two sponsors will support the March 23 race card. The Fathead Bourbonette Oaks and the Team Valor International Rushaway Stakes will round out the action.

On race day, the Horseshoe Cincinnati VIP Tent will offer as many as 2,200 guests a deluxe buffet, premium open bar, live entertainment, luxury shopping venues, and chances to win prizes. Guests in the VIP Tent can enjoy the day's races on big-screen monitors around the tent or get close to the action from a private viewing area along the rail. VIP individual race day tickets are $175, and tables of 10 are available for $1,750. General Admission tickets are available for $10 and Grandstand seating options start at $25. Race day tickets are currently available for purchase at or by calling (800) 733-0200.

"Horseshoe Cincinnati is pleased to support Turfway Park's long tradition of hosting the Spiral Stakes, one of the region's most exciting races, leading to the Kentucky Derby," said Senior Vice President and Horseshoe Cincinnati General Manager Kevin Kline. "It's exciting to have Fathead—a partner company to our Rock Ohio Caesars ownership team—expand their sports and entertainment reach by supporting their first Thoroughbred racing event."


About Turfway Park
Established in 1959, Turfway Park is a premier Thoroughbred race track in Northern Kentucky that hosts live racing from December through March and offers simulcast wagering year-round. Turfway was the first racing establishment in North America to install the all-weather surface Polytrack on its one-mile track and features stabling for approximately 1,000 horses.

About Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati
Rock Gaming LLC and Caesars Entertainment Corporation are developing a $400 million full-service casino in downtown Cincinnati which is scheduled to open March 4, 2013.* The development will include three outward facing restaurants to engage pedestrians and support existing businesses, cultural, nightlife and sports attractions downtown. Horseshoe Cincinnati is expected to attract an estimated six million visits to downtown annually. The casino will employ nearly 1,700 team members and will feature 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. The development has also created more than 2,000 construction jobs. For more information please visit

About Fathead LLC
Fathead LLC is the industry leader of graphics products for large & small spaces - led by authentic, officially licensed sports & entertainment graphics. Fathead gives fans the opportunity to feel passion For Real by bringing their favorite inspiration to life. Fathead wall graphics include the signature line, REAL.BIG. - life-size, high definition wall graphics of athletes, stadiums, logos and fan favorite entertainment characters. Custom Fatheads, available in mounted canvas and patented vinyl, offer a choice of classic die-cut or mural style with a variety of size and frame options. The art and décor line features classic & modern murals. For the space constrained, Fathead's product line also includes Big Heads, Street Grips, Fathead Juniors, Teammates and Tradeables. Fathead Business Solutions provides unique signage and décor alternatives for companies and universities. With in-house design capabilities, Fathead customizes and installs interior and exterior graphics with expertise across a variety of materials - from removable vinyl to aluminum and acrylic. Fathead maintains more than 500 licenses with leading consumer brands across many industries and professional sports leagues. For more information please visit

About Team Valor
Founded by Barry Irwin in 1987, Team Valor forms partnerships with racing enthusiasts and members of the industry to run Thoroughbreds at the major racing venues of the United States and abroad, including Australia, Europe and South Africa. The stable is the perennial leader among North American-based public syndicate groups in terms of stakes victories and individual stakes-winning horses. For more information please visit

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