The Day at the Races: Keeneland's opening day draws 22,921

awincze@herald-leader.comApril 5, 2013 

Matt Welch and his 10-year-old son, Austin, with ticket in hand, watched the sixth race on opening day at Keeneland. I'll Call and Edgar Prado won the race by 21/2 lengths.


Friday's figures: On-track attendance, 22,921 ; on-track betting, $1,343,951.90; total betting including simulcast, $9,398,395.61.

This day last year: On-track attendance, 23,986; on-track betting, $1,555,943; total betting including simulcast, $9,161,883.

Coming up: Spring in the Air, winner of the Grade I Darley Alcibiades at Keeneland last fall, heads a full field of 14 for Saturday's Grade I Central Bank Ashland Stakes for 3-year-old fillies going 11⁄16 miles. Among those Spring in the Air will have to contend with Saturday is stablemate Spring Venture, whom she has finished behind in two prior meetings.

Final furlong

■ Trainer John Terranova was on hand at Keeneland on Friday morning and said a decision on whether Grade III winner Falling Sky would start in the Grade I Toyota Blue Grass Stakes or head to the Arkansas Derby would probably be made Saturday. "We are going to get together tomorrow and talk it over," Terranova said.

■ Graded stakes winner Centre Court worked an easy half-mile in 51 seconds on the main track Friday morning in advance of her expected start in the Grade I Jenny Wiley on April 13 going 11⁄16 miles on the turf.


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