Shortened Turfway schedule having effects - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Shortened Turfway schedule having effects

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FLORENCE, Ky. (AP) -- A shortened racing schedule at northern Kentucky's Turfway Park this winter has been difficult for horse owners, trainers and riders.

Trainer Susan Anderson told The Courier-Journal that she and others are "just scraping by" until other tracks open in the spring for racing. Keeneland opens on April 5, but the real relief will come on April 23 when Indiana Downs opens a six-month thoroughbred meet.

Turfway cut back from three-day race weeks to two days in February and March because the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission gave the track's September dates to Churchill Downs.

Turfway General Manager Chip Bach says the track decided to try something new to keep purses from eroding. He says track officials plan to meet with regulators and horsemen to talk about how it went.

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