Friday, February 09, 2001

Turfway loves its female jockeys

By Terry Flynn
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        FLORENCE — Turfway Park will showcase its female jockeys on Valentine's Day, with a special race featuring all female riders on board fillies and mares.

        Turfway's female jockeys are outnumbered about 3-to-1 by their male counterparts, but for the winter meet through Feb. 4, the female riders have won nearly 40 percent of the races.

        Kris Prather leads all Turfway riders with 46 victories. Three other fe male riders — Jennifer Bramblett, Rhonda Collins and Patricia Cooksey — are in the top 20. Other female jockeys expected to compete in the all-women's race are Shelly Moran, Beth Butler, Bonnie Castaneda and Joddie Fortner.

        Turfway officials said the track will donate $500 to the local affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation from the all-female race and any race on the 10-race program won by a woman.

        The foundation is a national organization dedi cated to the fight against breast cancer. Of the money donated by Turfway, 75 percent will stay in the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky area to fund education, screening and treatment programs.

        All female patrons will be admitted free to Turfway Feb. 14, and each will receive a flower and a pink ribbon from the foundation as they pass through the gates.

       Gates will open at 4:45 p.m. on Valentine's Day, with the first post time at 6 p.m.


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