The Day at the Races: McPeek trainee rallies to impressive win

awincze@herald-leader.comApril 10, 2013 

Daisy Devine, with James Graham up, won the 24th running of the Jenny Wiley on Saturday April 14, 2012, in Lexington, Ky. Photo by Mark Cornelison | Staff

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Wednesday's figures: On-track attendance, 9,359; on-track betting, $630,174; total betting including simulcast, $6,195,606.98.

This day last year: On-track attendance, 8,591; on-track betting, $573,961; total betting including simulcast,$5,189,351.

Coming up: There are no stakes races on Thursday's card, but the day's featured eighth race is scheduled to include stakes winner Gung Ho, third in the 2012 Grade I Toyota Blue Grass Stakes. Stakes action returns on Friday with the Grade I Maker's 46 Mile featuring Horse of the Year Wise Dan and defending race winner Data Link.

Final furlong

■ The most impressive win on Wednesday's eight-race card came when Ken McPeek-trainee War Dancer rallied to win the featured seventh race going 11⁄16 miles on the turf. War Dancer broke in the air and was last in the 12-horse field, spotting the group nearly 10 lengths, but came with a huge run down the middle to get up by a half-length in his fourth career start.

The effort was an exact replica of the effort put in by Jonathan Sheppard-trainee Gathering last Saturday when she broke in the air and recovered to win by 31/4 lengths.

■ Joel Rosario rode three winners on Wednesday's card to bring his total to eight wins already four days into the Spring Meet.

■ A nine-horse field that includes seven graded stakes winners, three of them Grade I victors, was entered Wednesday for Saturday's $300,000, Grade I Jenny Wiley Stakes for fillies and mares.

Headlining the Jenny Wiley at 11⁄16 miles on the turf is defending champion Daisy Devine, who will try to join Intercontinental as the only runner to win the race in consecutive years. Intercontinental won in 2004 and 2005.

■ Entries were also taken for Saturday's Grade I, $300,000 Madison Stakes for fillies and mares sprinting 7 furlongs on the main track.

The race attracted a field of 10 headed by Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Holiday for Kitten.

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