Keyword: Robert Elliston

  • Churchill Downs will race 59 days in 2012.

    KY Dates Requests Generate Discussion

    The frustrations of those involved in Kentucky horse racing surfaced Oct. 11 when a Kentucky Horse Racing Commission committee considered requests for 2012 racing dates from the state's racetracks.

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    Turfway Drops Kentucky Cup

    Turfway Park has asked the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission to approve a request to cut four Wednesday cards and all but one stakes race from its 2010 fall meet.

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    Turfway Moves Lane's End Stakes to March 27

    The date for the 2010 Lane's End Stakes (gr. II), Turfway Park's prep race for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), has been changed to March 27, a week later than the race traditionally has been run.

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    On-Track Handle Down 16% at Turfway

    Turfway Park ended its 2009 fall meet, which marked the track's 50th anniversary, with a double-digit decline in on-track handle but a much smaller decrease in all-sources handle.

  • Turfway Cuts Four Stakes From Fall Schedule

    Turfway Park has released a fall meet stakes schedule that includes dropping of two stakes from the Kentucky Cup Day card on Sept. 26 and reduced purse for the Kentucky Cup Classic (gr. II). Two other stakes have also been dropped from the fall schedule.

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    Sharp Declines Reported at Turfway

    Turfway Park ended its 2009 winter/spring meet with double-digit declines in handle and purses paid, and a significant drop in field size compared to the same period in 2008. The 2009 meet began Jan. 1 and ended April 2.

  • Turfway Cuts Purses, Cancels Two Stakes

    Association purses paid at Turfway Park will be cut 5% and the 2009 Tejano Run Stakes and Fairway Fun Stakes have been canceled, track president Robert N. Elliston announced March 6.

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    Turfway Cancels Jan. 31 Program

    Turfway Park has canceled live racing for Jan. 31, with officials saying that several days of snow and ice and deep cold overnight had created stubborn clods in the track surface.

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    Turfway Posts Modest Gains

    Turfway Park closed its 2008 Holiday Meet with slight increases in average daily handle both on-track and from all sources. Daily on-track wagering on Turfway races was $127,992, an increase of 0.3%, while daily all-sources wagering on Turfway races was $2,775,799, up 1.8%.

  • Gateway Poster to Commemorate Lane's End Stakes

    Gateway Community and Technical College and Turfway Park announced the release of their first annual commemorative poster specially designed for the March 24 Lane's End Stakes (gr. II). The winning design, to be unveiled at a Feb. 23 reception, was produced by 58-year-old Bill Fox, a freelance illustrator.

  • Turfway Park Establishes Subsidiary Company to Oversee Concessions

    Turfway Park has established a subsidiary company to oversee the Florence, Ky. track's restaurant, concession, and banquet services, it was announced Wednesday. The new company, Turfway Concessionaire, takes over the duties of Sportservice, a non-affiliated business that the track has used since 1986.

  • Turfway Moves Kentucky Cup to End of Meet

    In an effort to accommodate horses shipping into Kentuckyk for the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at Churchill Downs on Nov. 4, Turfway Park has scheduled the Kentucky Cup "Day of Champions" on the last weekend of the 22-day meet that runs from Sept. 6 through Oct. 5.

  • Final Turfway Quarantine Rescinded

    State veterinarian Robert Stout rescinded the quarantine order on Barn 27 at Turfway Park, the last order in place following an outbreak of equine herpesvirus (EHV-1) at the track. The release signals the end of all quarantine restrictions at Turfway.

  • Turfway Park Meet Results Mixed

    Turfway Park closed its four-month Winter/Spring Meet April 7 with mixed results, as on-track handle held steady but off-track wagering slipped compared to the same period last year.

  • Kentucky's Casino Hopes Move Forward

    Officials representing the Kentucky horse industry agreed Wednesday to proposed alternative gaming legislation that would put casinos at four racetracks and four other non-racetrack facilities in the state.

  • Racing to Resume at Turfway Park; Rowland Still Critical

    Turfway Park in Northern Kentucky will resume live racing tonight (Feb. 6) after canceling last night out of respect for injured jockey Michael Rowland, who remains in critical condition at University Hospital.

  • Three Horses at Turfway Diagnosed with Equine Herpesvirus

    Three horses stabled at Turfway Park have been diagnosed with equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1). Verification of the virus was completed over the weekend at the northern Kentucky track by researchers at the Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center at the University of Kentucky in Lexington.

  • VLT Bill Introduced in Kentucky; Informational Meeting Set

    Legislation that would legalize video lottery terminals at Kentucky's eight racetracks was introduced Tuesday in the state House of Representatives by Rep. Jim Callahan (D-Wilder), whose district includes Turfway Park.

  • Turfway Posts Double-Digit Declines

    Already facing stiff competition for the wagering dollar from simulcasting in Ohio and three nearby riverboat casinos, Turfway Park sustained another blow when fallout from the events of Sept. 11 impacted the track's fall meet.

  • Turfway Cuts Kentucky Cup Purses

    Turfway Park announced today it was cutting $150,000 from purses on its biggest fall day, Kentucky Cup. Track president Robert Elliston blamed the purse reductions on nearby gaming and entertainment opportunities.

  • Lane's End to Sponsor Spiral Stakes

    Officials at Lane's End Farm and Turfway Park announced today a three-year agreement that will give the Central Kentucky breeding farm title sponsorship of Turfway's premier Triple Crown prep race in the spring. The grade II Lane's End Spiral Stakes will be held next year on March 23.

  • Turfway Park Ends Meet with Mixed Results

    More people attended Turfway Park's 23-day meet that ended Oct. 6, but they held onto their money. The Florence, Ky., track reported a 3.4% increase in on-track attendance, but a 4.5% decrease in on-track handle.