Keeneland: The Day at the Races
Yesterday's figures: On-track attendance, 6,702; on-track betting, $647,152.50; total betting including simulcast, $5,581,495.35.
This day last year: On-track attendance, 6,935; on-track betting, $615,684; total betting including simulcast, $4,647,924.
Coming up: There is no stakes race Friday but there are a couple of stakes performers in action on the card. Lou Brissie will be seeking his first win since taking the Grade III Kentucky Juvenile Stakes in April 2010 when he starts in the day's first race while fellow Grade III winner It's Tea Time, runner up in the 2010 Grade I Ashland Stakes, is set to face 11 others in the ninth race.
■ Jockey James Graham scored his third win of the afternoon when he and 6-5 favorite Sea Level Drive took command down the stretch to win the $54,000 Man o' War Purse, the feature allowance race on the card. The 11⁄16-mile race for fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up, was originally scheduled for the turf course, but was moved to the main track because of heavy overnight rain. Sea Level Drive won the race by 2 lengths and covered the distance in 1:43.92.
■ Envisioning, the 3-5 favorite in the ninth and final race on the card, was vanned off with an injury to his right front after being pulled up by jockey James Graham in the stretch of the 7-furlong race. The 4-year-old Grand Slam colt was set to have X-rays taken Thursday evening to determine the extent of the injury. Two other horses have broken down during the Keeneland Fall Meet with one occurring on the main track and one on the turf.
■ The camouflage saddle towel worn by Grigio, winner of the second race at Keeneland on Military Family Day, October 23, and signed by Medal of Honor recipient Marine Sgt. Dakota Meyer and several members of the Keeneland jockey colony, is for sale on ebay. All proceeds from the auction will benefit the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation. Among the jockeys to sign the saddle towel are Edgar Prado and leading riders Julien Leparoux, Robby Albarado and Garrett Gomez.
ALICIA WINCZE HUGHES