Keeneland's Day at the Races

October 11, 2013 

Yesterday's figures: On-track attendance, 22,807; on-track betting, $1,441,822.90; total betting including simulcast, $8,853,183.31.

This day last year: On-track attendance, 19,052; on-track betting, $1,289,127; total betting including simulcast, $9,012,500.

Coming up: Nine 3-year-old fillies including Grade I winner Alterite and multiple graded stakes winner Kitten's Dumplings are slated to go to post in Saturday's Grade I, $400,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes.

Final furlong

Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux tipped Queen's Award out five-wide into the stretch and got his 30-to-1 long shot mount up in the final strides to win the $100,000 Buffalo Trace Franklin County Stakes by half a length over defending race winner Madame Giry.

UK fans seeking for piece of hope as Kentucky football faces Alabama Saturday will want to note the results of Keeneland's eighth race Friday. Jorts, a Johar gelding named for former UK basketball player Josh Harrellson, held off a late run from Fight the Tide to break his maiden first time out.

Friday's attendance figure of 22,807 set a Fall meet record for a Friday at Keeneland. The previous mark was 22,052 set on Oct. 10, 2008.

ALICIA WINCZE HUGHES

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