Turfway Park's Purses an "Embarrassment to Kentucky Racing"
Ouch. Turfway Park's woes are well-documented in this article from the Herald-Leader's Janet Patton about how the Kentucky Racing Commission is looking to move September race dates from the Florence track to Churchill Downs in Louisville because Turfway averaged daily purses of just $97,000 last month:
Commissioner Ned Bonnie called that "an embarrassment to Kentucky racing" and suggested that Turfway's new majority owners, Rock Ohio Caesars, should put in instant racing machines or subsidize purses with Ohio casino money.
Never mentioned but undoubtedly part of the subtext: Turfway's dumping of the Kentucky Cup Day of Champions, a card of stakes races that included the Kentucky Cup, for which the track had a sponsor.
Before the meet began, Turfway announced it was cutting all stakes races from the fall schedule to spread the purse money over the rest of races. Even so, purses fell well shy of the predicted daily average of $110,000.
On Friday, Turfway announced that betting during the meet was down almost 25 percent, partly because of the missing Kentucky Cup day and partly because of missing horses.
Read the entire article: Herald-Leader/Janet Patton