History of Famous American Racing Track- Turfway Park
Turfway Park is a horse racing track that is located right outside the city limits to the north of Florence, Kentucky, which is about 10 miles (16 km) south of the Ohio River at Cincinnati. This race track conducts a live Thoroughbred horse racing during the two meets every year- December, and Winter/Spring (January to late March & early April). Also, it provides year-round simulcast that wagers from tracks across the continent.
In the year 2009, the North America Horseplayers Association introduced a rating system for (presently) 62 Thoroughbred racetracks in North America. In 2016, Turfway Park was ranked #11.
So before you book your tickets and look for Turfway Park tips to make the best bets, let’s get into the history of this famous American racing track.
Turfway Park was first opened by the name Latonia Race Course in Florence, Kentucky, in 1883. Through the 1920s, Latonia was a force in racing, which offered top horses, top jockeys, and the most luxurious purses of the country. The Latonia Derby-Its major race has outshone the Kentucky Derby for years. The Great Depression & the changing markets forced the gradual decline of Latonia until it was closed for good in July 1939. This property was then sold to Standard Oil of Ohio- the track was torn down, and horse racing disappeared from Northern Kentucky for about two decades.
Investors led by Jerry Carroll then bought Latonia in the year 1986, renovated it, and named it as Turfway Park. In 1994, Carroll also introduced the Kentucky Cup Day of Champions, which is a series of stakes races leading to the Breeders’ Cup championships. Carroll then sold the property in 1999 to Harrah’s Entertainment, GTECH, and the Keeneland Association. GTECH, in 2005, sold its interest to its two remaining partners. In July 2010, Harrah’s Entertainment became Caesars Entertainment, and in 2012, Rock Gaming joined the ownership group. Caesars then sold its interest to the Rock Gaming in 2015, with Keeneland retaining its share of interest.
A History of Innovation
- Regardless of its various name or owners, Turfway has enjoyed a reputation for innovation for the longest time.
- On September 18, 1982, (known as Latonia at that time), the track became the first in Kentucky to offer simulcast wagering.
- On September 9, 1987, Turfway Park became the first race track in Kentucky to offer Pick 3 wagering. A year & a day later, simulcast wagering was introduced to Kentucky when the full card was sent to Ellis Park.
- In 2003 Turfway became the first track to install the Super Carrel that enabled players to watch replays, place bets, find Turfway Park tips and even order food without leaving the carrel.
- This tradition of innovation took a giant leap in September 2005 when Turfway became the first racetrack in North America to run races on a Poly track, which is a hybrid of synthetic and natural materials. The poly track is consistent in virtually all weather conditions, and it is remarkably safer for horses & riders.
- On September 26, 2009, Turfway Park was fully accredited by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Safety & Integrity Alliance, for reflecting compliance with the standards for injury reporting & prevention; for creating a safer racing environment; aftercare & transition of retired racehorses; uniform medication, testing, & penalties; and the safety research. Since then, Turfway Park has maintained its accreditation.