Keeneland: The day at the races

October 7, 2012 

Yesterday's figures: On-track attendance, 12,646 on-track betting, $832,495.60; total betting including simulcast, $7,672,013.97.

This day last year: On-track attendance, 15,350; on-track betting, $1,206,227; total betting including simulcast, $8,314,000.

Coming up: There are no graded stakes when racing returns Wednesday. Stakes action returns on Thursday with an overflow field of 13 for the Grade III, $150,000 JPMorgan Chase Jessamine for 2-year-old fillies going 11⁄16 miles on the turf.

Final furlong

■ The Chad Brown-trained Balance the Books prevailed in a wildly run edition of the Grade III Bourbon Stakes, going 11⁄16 miles on the turf Sunday and edging Really Sharp by a nose at the wire after that one nearly took out several horses with an erratic swerve in the stretch. With jockey Elvis Trujillo up, Really Sharp took a short lead in the stretch but came up sharply under left-handed urging. Balance the Books was among those carried out but kept coming gamely to take the win. Really Sharp was disqualified to sixth as a result of the interference. Brown Almighty and Sonofasamurai moved up to second and third, respectively.

■ All winners of Saturday's graded stakes came out of their efforts in good order. Wise Dan, hero of the Grade I Shadwell Turf Mile, would likely have one work at Keeneland before shipping to California for the Breeders' Cup while Thoroughbred Club of America winner Groupie Doll even had Keeneland officials taken aback by how easy she completed her latest win. "They called me away from the champagne reception after the race from the test barn," said trainer Buff Bradley, who also co-bred and co-owns the filly, explaining the call had been made because of the filly's demeanor. "I got there and she was not even blowing hard. It was like she didn't do anything."

ALICIA WINCZE HUGHES

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