New Era Begins At Turfway Park - Day Racing

(FLORENCE, KY) -- Turfway Park will switch from night racing to day racing on Wednesdays and Thursdays during the upcoming 2008 Winter/Spring Meet, track president Robert N. Elliston announced.

First post on Wednesdays and Thursdays will be 1:10 p.m. ET effective Jan. 1 through April 3, 2008. The change was approved by the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority at its Dec. 17 meeting.

"The switch will not only enhance our opportunities in the national simulcast markets but also allow us to conduct racing during hours likely to provide the most favorable weather conditions on any given winter day in Northern Kentucky," said Elliston. "The change is fully supported by the Kentucky Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association."

The change will affect only Wednesdays and Thursdays during the 66-day meet. First post on Friday will remain at 5:30 p.m. ET. First post on Saturdays and Sundays also remains as before at 1:10 p.m. ET.

The change does not affect traditional post times during the Fall Meet and Holiday Meet.

"I think it's wonderful for us as horsemen. You don't have the colder weather at night. You have cold weather, but not as severe. And, I think horses don't like being out there all night either. It's a long day for them, too," said horse owner Peggy Pate.

Nearly 90 percent of what Turfway takes in comes from bets people place on Turfway races -- at other tracks. And bettors at those tracks play more during the day.

Report: Turfway Racetrack and staff