(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?

The future.

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:

1 Gerardo Corrales 177 40 27 23 $665,831 23% 90 51%
2 Rafael Bejarano 157 33 30 23 $613,249 21% 86 55%
3 Chris Landeros 127 28 24 7 $520,022 22% 59 46%
4 Santiago Gonzalez 239 31 29 33 $513,082 13% 93 39%
5 Deshawn L. Parker 152 19 14 14 $387,375 13% 47 31%
6 Declan Cannon 97 9 14 11 $285,939 9% 34 35%
7 Albin Jimenez 145 12 18 13 $268,102 8% 43 30%
8 Emmanuel Esquivel 118 12 10 10 $238,826 10% 32 27%
9 Florent Geroux 11 4 3 0 $228,959 36% 7 64%
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%
12 Edgar Morales 94 7 14 8 $176,269 7% 29 31%
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%
16 John McKee 113 8 9 16 $146,301 7% 33 29%
17 Joseph D. Ramos 122 7 13 15 $139,215 6% 35 29%
18 Julie Burke 71 6 7 4 $118,016 8% 17 24%
19 Alex Achard 36 5 7 4 $105,619 14% 16 44%
20 Malcolm Franklin 64 6 2 7 $104,844 9% 15 23%
21 Rafael Mojica, Jr. 95 6 7 8 $102,500 6% 21 22%
22 Rogelio Miranda 106 4 8 15 $92,873 4% 27 25%
23 Frank Reyes 61 6 4 4 $77,044 10% 14 23%
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
5 Rodolphe Brisset 25 5 8 2 $164,795 20% 15
6 Michael J. Maker 47 6 10 7 $163,145 13% 23
7 Jonathan Thomas 23 8 3 3 $150,515 35% 14
8 Rey Hernandez 41 6 4 4 $142,814 15% 14
9 Kim Hammond 36 10 4 1 $129,747 28% 15
10 Paulo H. Lobo 39 5 6 6 $125,450 13% 17
11 Ben Colebrook 32 3 5 6 $118,814 9% 14
12 Eric R. Reed 43 6 7 6 $112,802 14% 19
13 Cipriano Contreras 22 3 3 0 $102,015 14% 6
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
18 Brian Michael 15 3 1 4 $74,240 20% 8
19 Eddie Kenneally 26 2 7 2 $72,643 8% 11
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)