Turfway Cancels March 2 Make-Up Program

Horse inventory cited by track president as reason for dropping live card.

(from Turfway Park)

Turfway Park’s live racing card scheduled for March 2, has been canceled due to lack of entries. The card had been added to the schedule in an effort to make up races lost to six full or partial weather cancellations, five in January and one in February.

“Hindsight is 20/20,” said Turfway president Robert N. Elliston, “and we missed the mark in terms of the horse population that would be available to fill additional race days. Horses that otherwise would prefer to run in Kentucky, and traditionally did so, are instead racing in jurisdictions where purses are enhanced with revenue from alternative gaming. Kentucky has not been permitted to level the playing field, and we are beginning to feel the effects of the competitive advantage other states have over us, tradition or not.”

A commemorative poster giveaway and autograph signing by Kentucky Derby winners Chris McCarron and Mike Manganello scheduled for March 2 will be rescheduled. Details are to follow.