Friday, February 01, 2002

Turfway: Spiral purse reduced




Enquirer staff and news services

        FLORENCE, Ky. — The purse for this year's Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park will be $500,000 rather than $600,000 as in recent years. The track said Thursday it had to make the cut to avoid reducing daily purses throughout the racing season.

        “While we do not like having to reduce the purse for our marquee race, we do not believe it will affect the quality of the race,” Turfway President Robert Elliston said. “Right now, we have to continue to protect our daily purses and reward horsemen that have remained loyal to Turfway Park during these tough times.”

        Turfway's daily handle has declined for several years since riverboat casinos opened in Indiana.

       



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