The final race on what turned into the final day of the Turfway Park 2020 wintry weather/spring meet and the final on the current facility put Wesley Ward by myself on the best of the standings for his fourth main instructor name on the Northern Kentucky monitor. Ward broke a tie with Mike Maker when Fitri Hay’s Zipaway went gate-to-wire within the 8th race Saturday, March 21, to present Ward his 19th win from 53 starters.
Zipaway additionally holds the dignity of being the final horse to win a race at Turfway’s current facility. At first scheduled to finish March 28, the meet was once minimize brief by way of 3 days in compliance with Governor Andrew Beshear’s directive to near non-essential companies throughout the coronavirus outbreak. The 61-year-old grandstand is already being dismantled to make approach for a brand new construction at the web site that can be offering gaming within the type of historic racing machines in addition to are living Thoroughbred racing.
Ward’s tie-breaking win left Maker in 2d position with 18 wins from 70 starters. Cipriano Contreras, who tied with Ward for final 12 months’s wintry weather/spring meet, was once 3rd with 12 wins from 39 starters.
The main instructor name was once Ward’s 3rd directly in wintry weather/spring meets. He additionally shared the name for the 2018 vacation meet with Maker, who holds the Turfway Park document with 22 main instructor titles.
Amongst Ward’s wins had been the Cincinnati Trophy Stakes with Karak and the indexed John Battaglia Memorial Stakes with Invader. Maker received either one of the largest races of the meet, the Jeff Ruby Steaks (G3) with Box Cross and the Maxim Crane Works Bourbonette Oaks (indexed) with Queen of God. Cipriano took house two stakes trophies, the Forego and the Kentucky Cup Vintage, each with the rugged, 8-year-old gelding Nun the Much less.
Jockey Albin Jimenez cruised to his 7th meet name at Turfway and his 2d directly, using 47 winners from 217 mounts, together with Invader within the Battaglia Memorial. Gerardo Corrales, using his first meet at Turfway, was once 2d with 38 winners from 149 mounts, together with Karak within the Cincinnati Trophy. Apprentice Joseph Ramos, who started his using profession in 2019 at Hipódromo Camarero in Puerto Rico, ranked 3rd with 26 wins from 191 mounts.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey earned their 17th Turfway name as main house owners, with 9 winners from 39 starters. Ward was once subsequent, with 5 winners from 9 starters. 4 house owners—Andy Kohler, Genero Garcia’s Southwest Stables, Andrew McKenzie and Robert A. Ray—tied for 3rd with 4 wins apiece.
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