The Day at the Races: Busy Saturday for Blue Grass contenders

April 6, 2013 

Saturday's figures: On-track attendance, 32,564; on-track betting, $1,549,192; total betting including simulcast, $13,828,010.17.

This day last year: On-track attendance, 24,898; on-track betting, $1,406,979; total betting including simulcast, $9,401,539.

Coming up: There are no stakes races Sunday but a couple notable runners are slated to be in action. Karlovy Vary, winner of the Grade I Central Bank Ashland Stakes last year, is entered in Sunday's third race, a 1-mile allowance race on the turf against five others. Also Villandry, impressive winner at Keeneland and Churchill Downs last fall for trainer Charlie LoPresti, mades his season debut in Sunday's fifth race going 11⁄16 miles on the main track.

Final furlong

■ A slew of potential contenders for the April 13 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes were on the Saturday worktab at Keeneland. Rydilluc, winner of the Grade III Palm Beach Stakes, completed his major preparation by working 7 furlongs in 1:28.40 with jockey Edgar Prado up. "He handled the track good," Prado said of Rydilluc, who never has raced on Polytrack but is undefeated in three starts on grass.

■ Graded stakes winner Uncaptured worked 5 furlongs in 1:01.40 for the Blue Grass while another contender, Dewey Square, worked 5 furlongs in 1:03. Undrafted, also a candidate for the Blue Grass, worked 5 furlongs in 1:01.60 in company with the filly Sunset Time.

■ Though it didn't have black-type status according to the condition book, the fourth race at Keeneland was a graded stakes in terms of the quality of its seven-horse field. While much of the pre-race attention focused on the return of Grade I winner Turallure, who was making his first start since running fourth in the Grade II Firecracker Handicap last July and subsequently being sidelined with bone bruising in his cannon bones, Grade III winner Howe Great is the one who prevailed by half a length over Middie in the 11⁄8-mile allowance race on the turf.

ALICIA WINCZE HUGHES

Lexington Herald-Leader is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service