The Day at the Races
Yesterday's figures: On-track attendance, 10,163; on-track betting, $1,053,294.40; total betting including simulcast, $7,498,009.37.
This day last year: On-track attendance, 9,182; on-track betting, $976,369; total betting including simulcast, $6,464,585.
Coming up: Graded stakes winner Wise Dan is the 3-to-1 morning-line favorite in a deep field of 12 for the Grade II, $150,000 Fayette Stakes going 11⁄8 miles on the main track, the final stakes race of the Fall Meet.
■ Gold d'Oro, with Edgar Prado aboard, scored a 36-1 upset when she pushed her head in front of 2-1 favorite It's Tea Time at the finish to win the featured allowance race Friday. The race originally was scheduled for 11⁄16 miles on the turf course, but it was moved to the main track because of the effects of recent rains. Gold d'Oro, who was coming off two off-the-board finishes in stakes on the turf at Saratoga, won the race in 1:44.39 to earn her first win in three starts this year.
■ Caroline Forgason's homebred Somali Lemonade, who was pre-entered in the Juvenile Fillies Turf, breezed 4 furlongs in :47 with exercise rider Lauren Robson aboard. Trained by Michael Matz, Somali Lemonade won the Jessamine on a yielding turf course at Keeneland on Oct. 13 to earn a spot in the Fillies Turf.
■ James Graham rode four winners Friday, bringing his meet total to 17, second behind Julien Leparoux. Leparoux has locked up his third Fall Meet title with 28 wins heading into Saturday's closing day.
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