The Day at the Races
Thursday's figures: On-track attendance, 9,109; on-track betting, $735,719.30; total betting including simulcast, $5,724,487.44.
This day last year: On-track attendance, 9,601; on-track betting, $716,263; total betting including simulcast, $5,542,011.
Coming up: Nellie Cashman, who missed Saturday's Grade I Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup after spiking a fever, will break from the rail in a field of 12 slated to go to post in Friday's Grade III Pin Oak Valley View Stakes. Nellie Cashman won the Grade III Virginia Oaks in July and crossed the wire first in the Grade II Lake Placid Stakes at Saratoga but was disqualified to third for interference.
■ Friday's card also features a stout group of older horses going to post in race 7, going 1 mile on the turf. Turallure, winless since taking the 2011 Grade I Woodbine Mile, is 4-1 on the morning line while multiple graded stakes winner Nates Mineshaft and 2011 Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint winner Regally Ready are also in the overflow field of 13 entered.
■ Jockey Alan Garcia — who had two wins for the meet heading into Thursday — rode three consecutive winners on the card, taking the fifth race aboard Jerry Love, the sixth on Kentucky Derby starter Frac Daddy and the seventh on Graham Motion-trainee Autobahn Legend.
■ Friday is College Scholarship Day at Keeneland as the track and the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association will partner to give away 10 $1,000 scholarships to full-time students. One $1,000 scholarship will be awarded after each race. The first 2,000 students to register for a scholarship receive either a free Keeneland College Scholarship Day T-shirt courtesy of Kennedy's Wildcat Den or a drawstring bag courtesy of Vineyard Vines.
ALICIA WINCZE HUGHES