Los Angeles, CA (September 14, 2005) – TVG, the interactive horseracing network, will provide live, on-site coverage of the Kentucky Cup Day of Champions from Turfway Park in Florence, KY, on Saturday. The Kentucky Cup includes five stakes races totaling $825,000 in purses. They are the Grade II, $350,000 Kentucky Cup Classic; the Grade III, $175,000 Turfway Breeders’ Cup; the Grade III, $100,000 Kentucky Cup Sprint; the Grade III, $100,000 Kentucky Cup Juvenile; and the $100,000 Kentucky Cup Juvenile Fillies. All serve as preps for the Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, scheduled for October 29 at Belmont Park in Elmont, NY. TVG’s coverage is sponsored by the NTRA.
The Kentucky Cup is the first major North American racing event contested on the artificial Polytrack surface. Polytrack is a weather-resistant surface that is constituted of silica sand, recycled rubber, land carper fibers, all covered by a thin wax coating. Polytrack was first introduced in the late 1980’s in England by its inventor, Martin Collins. Considered to be less stressful to race horses than conventional dirt surfaces, Polytrack has thus far received favorable reviews by Turfway’s horseracing community.
“We’re delighted to bring this historic event to our viewers,” said Tony Allevato, TVG Senior Vice President and Executive Producer. “If Polytrack continues to be favorably received, it could eventually become a staple at race tracks across the country.”
On hand to cover the action for TVG will be Chris Kotulak, Simon Bray and Jill Byrne.
Leading candidates for the 1 1/8-mile Kentucky Cup Classic include the Todd Pletcher-trained Shaniko, the Bob Baffert-trained Senor Swinger and the Dale Romans-trained M B Sea. Other likely starters include Fantasticat, Absent Friend, Billy Allen, Grand Reward, Cat Shaker, Habaneros, Mambo Train, One Nice Cat and Silver Axe. Patrick Biancone will enter either Ball Four or Salford City. Last year’s race was won by the Romans-trained Roses in May, who went on to finish second in the Breeders’ Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge.
The Turfway Breeders’ Cup, a 1/16-mile race for fillies and mares, could also feature a representative of the Pletcher stable – Bohemian Lady, as well as the Romans-trained My Ro. Others due to run include Pleasant Home, Quick Temper, Josh’s Madelyn and Tempus Fugit. Bill Mott is expected to enter either Fast Cookie or Miss Fortunate.
The Kentucky Cup Sprint, a six-furlong race for three-year-olds that is part of the TVG Breeders’ Cup Sprint Division, is expected to draw the Pletcher-trained Vicarage, as well as Going Wild, Lunarpal, Storm Surge and Estate Collection.
Set for the Kentucky Cup Juvenile, a 1 1/16-mile race, is Deputy G, winner of the Bashford Manor Stakes; the Baffert-trained Preachinmandan, Cab, Catcominat
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