The Day at the Races
Yesterday's figures: On-track attendance, 16,068; on-track betting, $1,247,787.00; total betting including simulcast, $8,551,980.35
This day last year: There was no racing this day last year because of Easter Sunday.
Coming up: There is no stakes race on Wednesday but the final weekend of the Spring Meet does offer two more graded contests. The Grade III Grey Goose Bewitch Stakes takes place on Thursday with the Grade II Elkhorn Stakes highlighting Friday's closing-day card.
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■ In addition to saddling Wise Dan to victory in the Grade III Ben Ali on Sunday, trainer Charlie Lopresti had another impressive winner on the day as his charge Let's Go Ben broke his maiden by 91/2 lengths in the day's sixth race.
The 3-year-old son of Songandaprayer is a half brother to Here Comes Ben, who became the first Grade I winner for Lopresti when he took the 2010 Forego Stakes. "I really miss Here Comes Ben, my first Grade I winner, and then little brother shows up today," Lopresti laughed.
■ Jockey Julien Leparoux about has his fifth Keeneland Spring Meet title locked up as he heads into the final week with 21 victories to his credit, well ahead of James Graham in second with eight wins.
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