Turfway Park has canceled its third consecutive Monday program because of a shortage of horses, officials said March 13.
The Kentucky racetrack canceled live racing for March 16 when the entry box didn’t fill. The program was regularly scheduled when the track released its original dates request for 2009.
The Monday programs of March 2 and March 9 were added to the schedule after multiple cancellations caused by weather and track surface conditions, but Turfway couldn’t fill them.
Track officials have said higher purses in other states in which racetracks get revenue from gaming machines have taken horses away from Kentucky. Turfway and other Kentucky tracks are lobbying for video lottery terminals under legislation sponsored by Democratic Speaker of the House Greg Stumbo.
The Turfway meet lasts for three more weeks and ends April 2 before Keeneland opens April 3.
On March 21, Turfway will host the $500,000 Lane’s End Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-olds, as well as the $150,000 Bourbonette Oaks (gr. III) for 3-year-old fillies, $100,000 Rushaway Stakes for 3-year-olds, $50,000 Hansel Stakes for 3-year-olds, and $50,000 Queen Stakes for fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up.
An earlier-announced purse cut of 5% for overnight races not funded by the Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund included cancellation of two stakes—the March 14 Tejano Run and the March 28 Fairway Fun, both $50,000 events.