The Day at the Races

Keeneland: The day at the races (Oct. 15)

October 15, 2012 

Sunday's figures: On-track attendance, 11,440; on-track betting, $863,230.50; total betting including simulcast, $7,238,901.06.

This day last year: On-track attendance, 14,765; on-track betting, $893,394; total betting including simulcast, $6,215,123.

Coming up: There are no stakes when live racing returns Wednesday. On Thursday, veteran graded stakes winner Musketier and Rahystrada will be the senior members of a seven-horse field set to go to post in the Grade III Sycamore Stakes going 11/2 miles on the turf.

Final furlong

■ Plum Pretty, winner of the 2011 Kentucky Oaks, was paraded before Keeneland patrons before the fifth race Sunday.

The recently retired daughter of Medaglia d'Oro is slated to be offered at the Keeneland November Breeding Stock sale, consigned by Taylor Made Sales.

"There's not a thing wrong with her," said owner John Fort, who campaigned Plum Pretty under his Peachtree Stables. "Whoever buys her, she'll be sold as a racing or broodmare prospect."

■ Trainer Mike Maker has won the first race on the card four times during the Keeneland meet thus far, including Sunday's opener with Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Inazuma.

■ Nechez Dawn powered past dueling leaders Heaven Knows What and Plus One in midstretch and drew off to win Sunday's featured $56,000 Sugar Grove Purse for 3-year-old fillies by 3¼ lengths.

■ Chocho Jr., a 5-year-old Malabar Gold gelding, broke down during the stretch of the ninth race over the main track and was later euthanized due to a biaxial fracture of the sesamoid to his right fetlock, according to Dr. Bryce Peckham, state veterinarian for the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.

The bay gelding had won four of 40 career starts.

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