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Turfway Park Racecourse is a horse race track located in Florence, Kentucky.
Turfway Park Racecourse holds three meets each year: the Winter/Spring Meet from January 1 through early April; the Fall Meet in September-October; and the Holiday Meet in November-December.
Turfway Park Racecourse is the host of the Kentucky Cup Day of Champions, which is a preparatory race for the Breeders' Cup series. This card includes four graded stakes, including the Grade II Kentucky Cup Classic.
Turfway Park Racecourse also holds the following stakes races during its Fall or Spring race meeting:
- Weekend Delight Stakes
- Kentucky Cup Juvenile Fillies
- Kentucky Cup Juvenile Stakes (GIII)
- Kentucky Cup Sprint (GIII)
- Kentucky Cup Distaff Stakes (GIII)
- Marfa Stakes
- Turfway Park Fall Championship (GIII)
- Holiday Inaugural Stakes
Turfway Park Racecourse was the very racecourse in the United States to install the Polytrack racing surface. The Polytrack is known for its consistency and is very friendly to horses' joints.
Turfway Park Racecourse Description
- Turfway Park Racecourse boasts of a one mile Polytrack oval.
- The grandstand at Turfway Park Racecourse is an all-enclosed facility.
- Turfway Park Racecourse also contains stabling facilities for many horses.
Turfway Park Racecourse History
- In 1959, the racecourse opened under the name Latonia Race Course.
- In 1987, the racecourse's name was changed by then-owner Jerry Carroll to Turfway Park.
- In 1999, Carroll sold Turfway Park Racecourse to lottery equipment manufacturer GTECH, gaming conglomerate Harrah's Entertainment, and Keeneland Association.
- In 2005, GTECH sold its interests to the other partners, leaving Keeneland and Harrah's with 50-50 interests.
- In the same year, Turfway Park Racecourse became the first American track to install the new Polytrack synthetic racing surface.