(The “New & Improved” Turfway Park will be coming to you soon / Coady Photography)
The 2020/2021 Winter-Spring race meet at the “New & Improved” Turfway Park is now in the books. And, it will be remembered for many reasons.
But the biggest?
There’s a new racing surface, which was installed prior to the race meeting beginning last December. The new Tapeta track drew raves from all that participated during the meet. Most of all, though, it seemed to be liked by the horses.
Yet, a new dirt track is also in the plans for future race meets. It is scheduled to be fit in-between the current racing surface and the infield lake. And, it will give the track many options for races and racehorses in the future.
There’s a new Grandstand and Clubhouse on the way. Just a few weeks ago, top dignitaries from both the local community and the Commonwealth joined with track officials to break ground for a brand, spanking new facility.
Yet, it can only be envisioned and engaged — and fully enjoyed — when it gets completely done and is ready for both fans and fun in the near future.
There’s a state-of-the-art Historical Horse Racing venue that is going from drawing board to drawing up. The facility will host some of the most innovative and entertaining games that the industry has developed. The Ainsworth team is already making plans for more and better.
Yet, it will be several months before it can become one of the best entertainment destinations in our Commonwealth. It will be conveniently located in one of the most populated areas in Kentucky, and will be easily accessed by customers and fans from both close proximity and far. Truly, it promises to be one of the most fruitful and successful markets in the country for the new form of pari-mutuel wagering on horse racing.
Turfway Park is new.
Turfway Park is improved.
And, Turfway Park soon will be even better.
For this year, the “new and improved” definition can be extended to the Jockey and Trainer ranks, too.
For the first time in a very long time, the Jock’s Room included the likes of Chris Landeros, Rafael Bejarano, Deshawn Parker, Santiago Gonzalez, and, on closing day, the familiar names of pros like Drayden Van Dyke, Florent Geroux, and Brian Hernandez.
In the end, Gerardo Corrales — a recent addition to the Turfway circuit and a regular, go-to for trainer Wesley Ward — won the rider’s title. He snared 40 wins out of the 177 mounts he had for the meet. That gave him 7 more wins than veteran ace Bejarano and 9 more than Gonzalez. Checking in at 4th in the standings was Landeros, who had 28 wins in 127 mounts.
The Training Community was larger than normal, too. In addition to the mainstays that stick in Kentucky for the winter, the entries included horses from the barns of Hall of Famers Mark Casse, Bill Mott, and Steve Asmussen. Highly successful trainers Brad Cox, Eddie Kenneally, Jonathan Thomas, Rodolphe Brisset, Bill Morey joined the ranks of stalwarts Wesley Ward and Mike Maker to make this year’s meet one of the most competitive. As in? Ever.
In the end, Ward won another Trainer’s Title, ending up with 21 wins in 55 starts — including the title in the 50th running of the Jeff Ruby Steaks on closing day.
Here’s a look at the Top 25 riders and trainers this year.
But don’t look long. The next meet is coming. Soon.
And, the future is very bright.
Turfway Park’s Final Jockey Standings:
|5||Deshawn L. Parker||152||19||14||14||$387,375||13%||47||31%|
|10||Rafael Manuel Hernandez||111||7||11||16||$202,575||6%||34||31%|
|11||Drayden Van Dyke||8||2||0||1||$178,763||25%||3||38%|
|13||Rodney A. Prescott||140||8||10||13||$174,221||6%||31||22%|
|14||Samuel E. Bermudez||78||12||4||6||$164,051||15%||22||28%|
|15||Perry Wayne Ouzts||121||11||9||8||$148,562||9%||28||23%|
|17||Joseph D. Ramos||122||7||13||15||$139,215||6%||35||29%|
|21||Rafael Mojica, Jr.||95||6||7||8||$102,500||6%||21||22%|
|24||Jermaine V. Bridgmohan||25||4||1||1||$58,000||16%||6||24%|
|25||Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr.||10||0||1||3||$57,621||0%||4||40%|
(Stats compiled by Equibase)
Turfway Park’s Final Trainer Standings:
|1||Wesley A. Ward||55||—||21||8||3||$410,997||38%||32||—||—|
|2||William E. Morey||41||—||12||7||3||$307,830||29%||22||—||—|
|3||Brad H. Cox||26||—||7||5||1||$246,711||27%||13||—||—|
|4||Mark E. Casse||54||—||11||4||6||$235,893||20%||21||—||—|
|6||Michael J. Maker||47||—||6||10||7||$163,145||13%||23||—||—|
|10||Paulo H. Lobo||39||—||5||6||6||$125,450||13%||17||—||—|
|12||Eric R. Reed||43||—||6||7||6||$112,802||14%||19||—||—|
|14||Susan L. Anderson||47||—||8||8||7||$99,388||17%||23||—||—|
|15||Thomas Drury, Jr.||29||—||5||2||4||$87,645||17%||11||—||—|
|16||Michael W. McCarthy||14||—||3||3||4||$80,993||21%||10||—||—|
|17||Philip A. Sims||26||—||6||3||3||$79,397||23%||12||—||—|
|20||Ian R. Wilkes||22||—||2||5||1||$70,323||9%||8||—||—|
|21||William B. Bradley||40||—||5||5||6||$70,268||13%||16||—||—|
|22||Claude L. Brownfield, III||24||—||2||7||2||$70,253||8%||11||—||—|
|23||Brendan P. Walsh||5||—||1||0||0||$69,985||20%||1||—||—|
|24||Ethan W. West||36||—||6||3||5||$69,488||17%||14||—||—|
|25||Gerald E. Brooks||31||—||6||4||6||$67,135||19%||16||—||—|
(Stats compiled by Equibase)