For the second consecutive year, Turfway Park will showcase female jockeys in the "Luv Me Luv Me Not" race on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14. The program at the Kentucky track will be dedicated to raising awareness for breast cancer, and proceeds from all paid admissions will go to the Greater Cincinnati affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
Though outnumbered 3-1 by male jockeys, women have made a mark in the standings. As of Feb. 12, Greta Kuntzweiler was the leading rider with 24 victories at the meet -- two more than Brian Peck. Four other female riders -- Kris Prather, Angela Owens, Mary Doser, and Jennifer Bramblett -- are in the top 20.
Prather, who left for Oaklawn Park in late January, will not compete in the special race. The other three have mounts, as do Beth Butler, Bonnie Castaneda, Rhonda Collins, Joddie Fortner, and Tammy Fox.
Last year, Fortner won the race, a two-turn maiden event. This year's race is at five furlongs.
"We had a lot of fun with this race last year," Bramblett said. "It's a serious race, and we're very competitive about it until the race is over. I think a five-furlong race will be even more exciting than last year. And, more importantly, the evening is for a good cause."
The Luv Me Luv Me Not is the featured eighth race on a nine-race program that begins at 5:30 p.m. EST.