The Day at the Races
Yesterday's figures: On-track attendance, 19,480; on-track betting, $1,448,955.30; total betting including simulcast, $7,748,588.59.
This day last year: On-track attendance, 15,320; on-track betting, $1,420,634; total betting including simulcast, $8,761,054.
Coming up: Castaway, winner of a division of the Grade III Southwest Stakes, leads a field of 11 in the Grade III, $200,000 Coolmore Lexington Stakes going 11⁄16 miles on the main track.
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■ In his penultimate move before the Kentucky Derby, Grade I winner Union Rags had trainer Michael Matz brimming with confidence after covering 4 furlongs in :47.40 at Keeneland on Friday. Working by himself, the son of Dixie Union clocked splits of :12, :24, and :35.80 and galloped out 5 furlongs in 1:00. Matz had been debating whether to van Union Rags to Churchill Downs to work this weekend, but the threat of rain on Saturday prompted him to move the work up a day.
"I thought he went nicely," Matz said. "Today we just did a longer work, two-minute licked him from the mile pole and worked a half-mile and just did it easy. It was his first work since he got up here so it was nothing too taxing. I wrote it down that I didn't think (exercise rider) Peter (Brette) could have ridden him any better."
■ Karlovy Vary, winner of the Grade I Central Bank Ashland on April 7, worked a half-mile in :48.60 on Friday in preparation for the Kentucky Oaks. "I thought she went well," trainer Rusty Arnold said. "She will ship to Churchill Downs after training Monday ... and then work five-eighths on Saturday and that will be it."
ALICIA WINCZE HUGHES