Keeneland: The Day at the Races

October 10, 2012 

Yesterday's figures: On-track attendance,8,001; on-track betting, $612,386.60; total betting including simulcast, $5,730,478.03.

This day last year: On-track attendance, 9,897; on-track betting, $761,837; total betting including simulcast, $5,338,726.

Coming up: Ken and Sarah Ramsey's stakes winner Always Kitten is the 7-to-2 morning line favorite in an overflow field of 13 for Thursday's Grade III JPMorgan Chase Jessamine Stakes. The Ramseys have a two-pronged attack in the 11⁄16-miles turf race as they will also send out maiden winner Go Kitten Go.

Final furlong

■ Flaxman Holdings' Absolute Crackers rallied from far back to win the $47,600 featured Lane's End Purse for fillies and mares by 2¼ lengths over Quinichette. Trained by Graham Motion and ridden by Joe Rocco Jr., Absolute Crackers covered 11⁄16 miles on a turf course labeled firm in 1:43.43. The victory was the first for Rocco at Keeneland.

■ Trainer Mike Maker confirmed Wednesday that Joha, winner of last weekend's Grade I Dixiana Breeders' Futurity, will be headed for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf rather than the Juvenile.

■ The Keeneland Association earned its fifth International Simulcast Award, tying with Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto for first place at the 20th annual International Simulcasting Conference, held recently in Clearwater Beach, Florida. The Simulcast Award honors excellence in the presentation of a racetrack's live race product to its simulcast outlets.

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