Day at the races at Keeneland

April 12, 2014 

  • The Day at the Races

Yesterday's figures: On-track attendance, 39,722; on-track betting, $2,781,011.30; total betting including simulcast, $19,532,055.00 .

This day last year: On-track attendance, 37,161; on-track betting, $2,445,639; total betting including simulcast, $21,114,552 .

Coming up: Sweet Whiskey, winner of the Grade III Old Hat Stakes at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 4, is one of two entrants from the barn of Todd Pletcher in Sunday's Grade II Beaumont Stakes going 7 furlongs on the Polytrack.

Final furlong

Trainer Charlie LoPresti said that two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan was "tired but good" after winning the Grade I Maker's 46 Mile for a second consecutive year on Friday.

"He ate up everything last night," LoPresti said. "He got a little tired at the 16th pole and I think that (three-furlong) breeze (on Tuesday) is what got him home."

LoPresti said a start in the Grade I Woodford Reserve Turf Classic at Churchill Downs on May 3 is a likely next start for Morton Fink's champion gelding.

Sunday, Keeneland will host "Ladies of the Turf" to honor nearly 30 retired and active female jockeys, including those who were first allowed to ride in 1969 and some of the most accomplished members of their profession.

Among the women included are: Hall of Famer Julie Krone; Diane Crump, the first woman to ride against men and the first to ride in the Kentucky Derby; Barbara Jo Rubin, the first to win a recognized race; Patti Barton, the first to win 1,000 races; Kaye Bell, the first to win a race at Keeneland; Patricia "PJ" Cooksey, the first to ride in the Preakness; Rosie Napravnik, the first to be leading rider at Keeneland.

They will sign a commemorative poster created by noted cartoonist Peb at 1:45 p.m.

Fans can purchase the poster for $10, with proceeds benefiting Horses and Hope and the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.

ALICIA WINCZE HUGHES

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