Cold Snap Claims Another Card at Turfway Park

Extremely cold temperatures coupled with a wind-chill factor led Turfway Park to cancel live racing the evening of Feb. 16. It marked the third consecutive cancellation for the week because of weather conditions.

By late morning, the temperature in Northern Kentucky was 10 degrees, and it wasn’t expected to climb above 20 degrees. Racing is expected to resume the afternoon of Feb. 17, when a high of 30 degrees is forecast, but there also are predictions of one to three inches of snow.

“The inclement weather that swept through this area earlier in the week has made the situation unsafe for racing, and we do not want to ask the horses, horsemen, or riders to deal with that,” track president Bob Elliston said in a statement. “After several inches of freezing rain fell, temperatures dropped quickly to single digits, and ice still coats every visible surface and remains in the cushion of the track. With low temperatures and wind forecast to continue, we made the prudent decision to cancel racing for tonight.”

Turfway remains open for full-card simulcasts from around the country.

Meanwhile, the cancellations have had a positive impact on the purse account. Effective Feb. 17, overnight purses will increase. The association will kick in an extra 5%, and Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund money will increase 20%.