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Turfway Park gained a new sponsor for their second local prep stakes race.
Cincinnati radio station WFTK, better known as 96ROCK (96.5 FM) is the new sponsor for the 3-year-old Thoroughbreds going a flat mile, is scheduled to run Feb. 2nd.
The $50,000 prep stakes, established in 1983 as the Presidents Stakes, had been sponsored since 2002 by another Cincinnati station and was previously known as the WEBN Stakes.
The race traditionally has been supported by a rowdy rock party and that tradition will continue and expand. In addition to drink specials, food vendors, live music by Jack Trigger, and games, this year's party includes a grand prize: tickets to a major rock concert in the Louisville area (the star's identity remains under wraps) and an overnight stay at Horseshoe Casino Hotel Southern Indiana, including dinner for two at the Paula Deen Buffet.
"96ROCK Cincinnati's Pure Rock has been busy since 2007 traveling the Tri-State in search of ears and hearts that love and appreciate the diversity that is rock as well as our community," Willis continued. "We provide the soundtrack for the coolest things to do in Greater Cincinnati, from live concerts to live Thoroughbred racing and everything in between. If there's a party, we'll be there . . . when you get there."
A VIP ticket is required for the 96ROCK Stakes party. There is no charge for tickets, but they are limited in number and available only on-air and at Turfway events. Admission to the races and parking are free and open to all.
96ROCK and Turfway have previously partnered to present other successful events at the track, including last year's Chili Cookoff and ‘80s Big Hair Night.