Keeneland: The day at the races

October 19, 2012 

Yesterday's figures: On-track attendance, 16,574; on-track betting, $1,251,671.90; total betting including simulcast, $8,712,841.91.

This day last year: On-track attendance, 14,346; on-track betting, $1,252,682; total betting including simulcast, $7,241,903.

Coming up: Gypsy Robin, front-running winner of the Grade II Beaumont at Keeneland in April, headlines a field of 14 3-year-old fillies for Saturday's 14th running of the Grade II, $250,000 Lexus Raven Run going seven furlongs on the main track.

Final furlong

■ The day's first race, a 5 1/2 furlong allowance test on the turf, was marred by the fatal breakdown of Thermal Cat which occurred near the furlong marker. Trained by Wayne Catalano, the 3-year-old Thermal Cat was making his fifth career start and had two prior victories. Jockey Joseph Rocco Jr., who was aboard Thermal Cat, was awake and moving his extremities, according to Keeneland medical director Dr. Barry Schumer, but was complaining of neck and back pain. Rocco was transported to University of Kentucky Medical Center for further observation.

■ Chuck and Maribeth Sandford's Take Charge Indy, winner of this year's Grade I Florida Derby, heads a roster of 28 horses nominated to the Grade II, $150,000 Fayette Stakes, the closing-day feature on October 27. Unraced since sustaining an ankle injury in the Kentucky Derby, Take Charge Indy could give trainer Pat Byrne a second victory in the 11⁄8-mile main track event. Social Charter won the Fayette for Byrne in 1999.

ALICIA WINCZE HUGHES

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