Turfway Park Race Track

Turfway Park is a horse racing facility with a one-mile thoroughbred track. It sits on a 197-acre complex in Florence, Kentucky.

Turfway Park was transformed by its former owner, Jerry L. Carroll, from a run-down track known as "Latonia Race Course" to what it is today an innovative, nationally-acclaimed facility.

Turfway Park has Fall, Holiday, and Winter / Spring meets. The most awaited racing event at Turfway Park during the Fall Meet is the Kentucky Cup. The Kentucky Cup Day of Champions has a long history of attracting and discovering new thoroughbred stars. Another big annual event is the Spiral Stakes, seen as a good training opportunity for many Kentucky Derby and Triple Crown aspirants.

Other big stakes events hosted by Turfway Park include:

  • Turfway Breeders Cup
  • Lane's End Stakes
  • The Marfa Stakes
  • Turfway Park Fall Championship
  • Wishing Well Stakes
  • Queen Stakes
  • Rushaway Stakes
  • Hansel Stakes
  • Holiday Inaugural Stakes

Turfway Park Track Facts

• Main Track : One mile, oval
• Surface : Dirt
• Distance from last turn to finish line : 970 feet

History of Turfway Park


  • The track opened under the name Latonia Race Course on August 27. It was the successor to Old Latonia, which operated from 1883 to 1939 about 10 miles north of this site.


  • The race course was renamed Turfway Park.


  • Turfway Park handle rose 20% over that of the previous year, despite fewer races.

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