Turfway Park Race Track

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Turfway Park Track Facts

  • Address:7500 Turfway Road Florence, KY 41042
  • Phone: (859) 371-0200
  • Website: www.turfway.com
  • Track (synthetic): 1mile oval
  • Chute distances: Quarter-mile & 6½ furlong
  • Stretch length: 970 feet
  • Surface Composition: Tapeta, a synthetic surface consisting of a mixture of silica sand, wax, and fibers

Opened as Latonia Race Course in 1959, Turfway Park is the winter home for racing in Kentucky. Churchill Downs Incorporated, the current owner of Turfway Park, expects to complete construction on a new, upgraded grandstand for the facility by the summer of 2022.

Turfway Park 2021 Stakes Schedule

DATERACEPURSE / RESTRICTIONSSURFACE / DISTANCE
February 26, 2021The Cincinnati Trophy$65,000 / F 3YOAll Weather / 6 & 1/2 Furlongs
February 26, 2021The John Battaglia Memorial$100,000 / 3YOAll Weather / 1 & 1/16 Miles
March 27, 2021The Latonia Stakes$100,000 / F&M 4&UPAll Weather / 1 Mile
March 27, 2021The Rushaway$100,000 / 3YOAll Weather / 1 & 1/16 Miles
March 27, 2021The TwinSpires Kentucky Cup Classic$150,000 / 4&UPAll Weather / 1 & 1/8 Miles
March 27, 2021The Bourbonette Oaks$150,000 / F 3YOAll Weather / 1 Mile
March 27, 2021Jeff Ruby Steaks (G3)$250,000 / 3YOAll Weather / 1 & 1/8 Miles
March 27, 2021The Animal Kingdom Stakes$65,000 / 3YOAll Weather / 6 & 1/2 Furlongs

Turfway Park Racing and Track History

Opened as Latonia Race Course in 1959, Turfway Park is the winter home for racing in Kentucky. The original Latonia was 10 miles south of the current location and ran from 1883 to 1939 and was famous for hosting the Latonia Derby, a race that at one point rivaled the Kentucky Derby for prestige in the horse racing community. The track’s name was changed to Turfway Park in 1986.

The race track’s signature race is the Spiral: created by then-general manager John Battaglia with the idea that three-year-olds would “spiral” up from his track’s race to the Blue Grass at Keeneland then ultimately the Kentucky Derby. Turfway also hosted Kentucky Cup Day of Champions for many years until most of the races were moved to Kentucky Downs.

In order to race safely during the frigid winter months, Turfway Park was the first to install Polytrack in 2005: the synthetic surface was comprised of wax, fibers, and silica sand. In 2020, the original Polytrack surface was subsequently replaced with Tapeta, a newer synthetic surface mixture.

And though Turfway Park was mentioned as the setting for the 2005 movie Racing Stripes, no actual filming occurred at the Florence oval.