The Day at the Races: Maker breaks Keeneland record

Herald-Leader Staff ReportApril 24, 2013 

The Day at the Races

Wednesday's figures: On-track attendance, 8,122; on-track betting, $578,264.40; total betting including simulcast, $6,513,724.41.

This day last year: On-track attendance, 10,684; on-track betting, $757,472; total betting including simulcast, $5,893,429.

Coming up: Gathering, who made a remarkable last-to-first rally at Keeneland on April 6 after rearing while leaving the gate, steps into graded stakes company when she faces 11 others in the Grade III Bewitch Stakes on Thursday going 11/2 miles on the turf.

Final furlong

■ Mike Maker established a new mark for wins by a trainer during a Keeneland Spring Meet when Bernie the Maestro took the day's first race to become his 17th winner this spring. The previous Spring Meet record was 16 by Todd Pletcher in 2005. Maker ended up winning two more races on Wednesday's card to bring his record total to 19 with two days left.

■ Leading rider Joel Rosario had another four-win day Wednesday to bring his meet victory total to 30. Rosario is two wins from equaling the spring record set by Randy Romero in 1990. The record for any Keeneland meet is 45 by Pat Day in fall 1991.

■ Horse of the Year Wise Dan, who won the Grade I Maker's 46 Mile at Keeneland on April 12 in his 2013 debut, worked 5 furlongs in :59.60 Wednesday. Trainer Charlie LoPresti said he would talk to Wise Dan's breeder and owner, Mort Fink, to determine future plans for Wise Dan and for his older half-brother, Successful Dan, who returned to competition Sunday with a 1-length victory in the Ben Ali Stakes. "We really haven't made a plan yet, but I'm going to talk to (Fink) this morning and see how (Wise Dan) comes out of this," LoPresti said. "Successful Dan will go back to the track tomorrow, and we'll try to figure out what we're doing.

ALICIA WINCZE HUGHES

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