In a move akin to that of Animal Kingdom a year ago, Team Valor International and Mark Ford's Went the Day Well breezed in wet, rainy conditions at Keeneland April 21.
All-sources pari-mutuel handle on Turfway Park races during its winter/spring meet dropped 11.2%, while ontrack handle on live racing was down 16.5%, track officials said April 2.
A large and wide-open field of 12 was entered for Turfway Park's signature race and at least one of the winners should be moving on to Louisville six weeks from now.
"The Road to the Kentucky Derby," a four-Saturday package of televised stakes that stemmed from recommendations in the 2011 McKinsey and Company report, will begin March 24 with the Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes (gr. III).
A full field is possible for the $500,000 Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes (gr. III) March 24, Turfway Park officials said. The race highlights a four-stakes program at the Kentucky racetrack.
Gotham Stakes (gr. III) winner Hansen wrapped up his week at Turfway Park with a paddock appearance the evening of March 9, but his majority owner reaffirmed that the colt will run next in New York, not Kentucky.
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Synthetic racing surfaces have brought out the best in Positive Response, so he'll get another opportunity over the Turfway Park Polytrack in the $500,000 Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes (gr. III) March 26.
TVG will broadcast live from Turfway Park on Saturday, March 26, covering the Northern Kentucky track's 12-race card that includes the $500,000 Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes (gr. III).
Positive Response made the trip from California worthwhile for his connections with a dominant victory in the $100,000 John Battaglia Memorial Stakes for 3-year-olds at Turfway Park March 5.
The 40th running of the nine-furlong race will be held March 26 on Polytrack. Formerly known as the Lane's End Stakes, the Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes was downgraded from grade II to grade III this year.
Turfway Park, as part of its first Saturday night program in decades Feb. 5, will feature a deep, full field of 3-year-olds in the $50,000 WEBN Stakes, one of the local preps for the $500,000 Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes.
Turfway Park, in an attempt to drive ontrack business, hopes to replicate its Friday night success by switching to an evening post time on Saturdays beginning Feb. 5.
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