Posted by Lindsey Prows - email
FLORENCE, KY (FOX19) - Lane's End Stakes, Turfway Park's prep race for the Kentucky Derby, has moved the date to a week later than the Grade II race traditionally has been run.
"We looked at several factors making the decision to move the Lane's End,"Robert N. Elliston, Turfway President said. "First, running the race five weeks before the Derby instead of the traditional six weeks should mesh with the trend toward giving horses more time between major races. Trainers can more comfortably make the Lane's End their final prep."
Also, March 27 is the date of the Dubai World Cup which means more bettors will have their eyes on Lane's End and the weather will most likely be more crowd-friendly towards the new opening date.
The other stakes such as the Bourbonette Oaks, The Rushaway, The Queen and The Hansel will also move to March 27.
The Turfway's local preps leading to the Lane's End will not change. The events surrounding the race will adjust their dates slightly such as the traditional Lane's End Stakes cap giveaway will be March 13 and the 30th annual commemorative glass giveaway is now scheduled for March 20 as well as the 9th annual Charity Night at the Tables.
Thursday, March 25 will hold The Call to the Post Luncheon and Post Position Draw which is consistent with the track's current entry schedule.