The Day at the Races
Friday's figures: On-track attendance, 14,895; on-track betting, $1,086,201.60; total betting including simulcast, $7,338,850.02.
This day last year: On-track attendance, 22,807; on-track betting, $1,441,823; total betting including simulcast, $8,853,186.
Coming up: A field of nine 3-year-old fillies, headed by Grade I winners Minorette and Personal Diary, are set to go to post in the Grade I, $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup going 11⁄8 miles on the turf. The potential soft turf because of rain in the area could take its toll on the field, with graded stakes winner Daring Dancer likely to scratch if the course comes up too yielding.
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■ Jockey Anthony Stephens, who was unseated when his mount Arty's Cigar stumbled while galloping out after the third race on the card, was alert and moving his extremities according to Keeneland medical director Dr. Barry Schumer, but was taken to UK Medical Center for further evaluation.
■ Trainer Larry Jones said that Street Spin Miss, who was scratched out of Thursday's ninth race after flipping in the paddock, seemed in good order on Friday. "She seems to be fine this morning," said Jones, who owns the 2-year-old filly with his wife, Cindy, and Ray Francis. "It just knocked the wind out of her. The state vet came by last night to check on her which I very much appreciated."
■ Ryan Boothe, a University of Kentucky sophomore communications and marketing major from Cincinnati, correctly picked Free as a Bird to win the Buffalo Trace Franklin County as part of the Drake's Handicapping Challenge on College Scholarship Day. Boothe was selected to place a $500 win bet on any entry in the race and chose the winner after consulting with Keeneland BETologists. Boothe collected $1,800 for his wager.
"I went with my gut and with what the BETologists said," he said. "I just looked at the odds and went with it."
Boothe attended the races with friends as part of Keeneland's College Scholarship Day, which awarded $1,000 scholarships and other prize packages after each of the day's 10 races.
ALICIA WINCZE HUGHES