Northern Kentucky’s Turfway Park wrapped up a five-week holiday meet Dec. 31 with increases in wagering, average daily handle, and field size. All-sources wagering for the meet was up to $32.3 million, a 34.6% or $8.3-million increase from last year in spite of three fewer race dates. The average daily handle of $2.48 million was up 65.6% from the previous year’s number of $1.5 million.
In addition, average field size grew slightly from 10.3 starters per race to 10.5. A new Tapeta surface was installed last summer.
Jockey Gerardo Corrales earned his first Turfway riding title with 15 wins during the holiday meet. Other leaders included Bill Morey as top trainer with six wins and owner Campos Family Ventures LLC, who tied the leading owner standings with two winners but led in earnings.
Turfway’s winter/spring meet began Jan. 1 and continues through Mar. 28.