(Ground breaking ceremony for the “New & Improved” Turfway Park / Photo Courtesy of Churchill Downs)

Editor’s Note:

It is the last week of the 2021 Winter / Spring Meet at Turfway Park. Hard to imagine, right? Seems as if it was New Year’s Day just 24 hours ago. But, you know what they say? Time flies when you are having fun.

And, this year’s meet at Turfway Park has been a lot of fun.

The “New & Improved” Turfway Park — which was purchased last year by Churchill Downs — is now fully under construction mode.

A new grandstand, clubhouse and Historical Horse Racing venue are now being planned for the new facility.

A new Tapeta racing surface has been put in place and the horses have run very well over the new track.

Plans are still under way for a new “dirt” track inside the “All Weather” surface.

And, other amenities and other accommodations are being considered.

We have seen several top trainers leave horses behind for this year’s meet. Steve Asmussen, Mark Casse, Jonathan Thomas, Brad Cox, Bill Mott and many others have started horses at Turfway Park this meet.

We have seen several top riders stay behind and ride at Turfway Park for the first time in a very long time. Top jockeys — like Chris Landeros, Rafael Bejarano, Gerardo Corrales, Santiago Gonzalez — are now fixtures in Northern Kentucky.

We have seen some top horses already running here, with a promise of more to come.

It has been fun, already. But it sure to be more fun in the days, months and years ahead when the HHR machines truly kick in and generate purses that may be some of the highest in the country for the winter-time months.

Here’s a quick look at the Jockey and Trainer Standings as we head into the final days of this meet. On Saturday, Turfway Park will host the 50th running of the Jeff Ruby Steaks — the lynchpin of the meet.

Turfway Park Jockey Standings:

1 Rafael Bejarano 136 26 29 19 $496,965 19% 74 54%
2 Chris Landeros 109 28 24 6 $495,450 26% 58 53%
3 Gerardo Corrales 150 36 19 20 $469,151 24% 75 50%
4 Santiago Gonzalez 212 30 26 28 $461,907 14% 84 40%
5 Albin Jimenez 142 12 18 12 $263,732 8% 42 30%
6 Deshawn L. Parker 134 16 14 13 $252,671 12% 43 32%
7 Emmanuel Esquivel 103 11 9 9 $212,210 11% 29 28%
8 Declan Cannon 86 8 11 9 $193,316 9% 28 33%
9 Rafael Manuel Hernandez 103 7 11 16 $190,837 7% 34 33%
10 Edgar Morales 81 6 12 7 $155,124 7% 25 31%
11 Samuel E. Bermudez 70 11 3 5 $147,795 16% 19 27%
12 Rodney A. Prescott 127 7 10 12 $146,412 6% 29 23%
13 John McKee 113 8 9 16 $146,301 7% 33 29%
14 Perry Wayne Ouzts 107 10 8 7 $131,279 9% 25 23%
15 Joseph D. Ramos 112 7 12 13 $129,974 6% 32 29%
16 Julie Burke 65 5 5 4 $104,476 8% 14 22%
17 Rafael Mojica, Jr. 86 5 5 7 $84,966 6% 17 20%
18 Malcolm Franklin 59 5 2 7 $82,472 8% 14 24%
19 Rogelio Miranda 97 4 7 13 $78,993 4% 24 25%
20 Jermaine V. Bridgmohan 25 4 1 1 $58,000 16% 6 24%
21 Alex Achard 28 2 4 4 $50,018 7% 10 36%
22 Luis H. Colon 25 4 0 5 $47,697 16% 9 36%
23 Frank Reyes 48 4 3 4 $44,598 8% 11 23%
24 Alex L. Canchari 52 3 4 2 $42,808 6% 9 17%
25 Angel Serpa 82 1 4 10 $40,506 1% 15 18%

(Stats compiled by Equibase)

Turfway Park Trainer Standings:

1 Mark E. Casse 47 11 4 6 $221,000 23% 21
2 William E. Morey 36 11 6 3 $210,110 31% 20
3 Wesley A. Ward 49 16 7 3 $189,200 33% 26
4 Michael J. Maker 40 6 9 6 $149,595 15% 21
5 Jonathan Thomas 17 8 3 2 $140,085 47% 13
6 Rey Hernandez 33 5 3 3 $119,382 15% 11
7 Kim Hammond 31 8 4 1 $111,057 26% 13
8 Eric R. Reed 39 6 6 6 $109,822 15% 18
9 Ben Colebrook 27 3 3 5 $103,279 11% 11
10 Rodolphe Brisset 19 4 6 1 $95,227 21% 11
11 Cipriano Contreras 20 3 2 0 $93,365 15% 5
12 Susan L. Anderson 41 7 6 5 $83,640 17% 18
13 Paulo H. Lobo 31 3 3 5 $72,669 10% 11
14 Eddie Kenneally 25 2 6 2 $69,843 8% 10
15 William B. Bradley 36 5 5 6 $69,348 14% 16
16 Ethan W. West 31 6 3 5 $67,826 19% 14
17 Larry Rivelli 18 6 5 1 $67,051 33% 12
18 Philip A. Sims 22 5 2 3 $64,547 23% 10
19 Thomas Drury, Jr. 24 4 1 4 $59,377 17% 9
20 Ian R. Wilkes 20 2 5 1 $58,028 10% 8
21 Juan M. Cano 29 2 4 5 $57,981 7% 11
22 Gerald E. Brooks 27 5 4 5 $57,285 19% 14
23 Michael W. McCarthy 11 2 3 3 $56,257 18% 8
24 Eric N. Foster 26 4 2 1 $54,144 15% 7
25 Claude L. Brownfield, III 21 2 6 1 $48,755 10% 9

(Stats compiled by Equibase)