The Day at the Races
Wednesday's figures: On-track attendance, 8,754; on-track betting, $607,169.80; total betting including simulcast, $4,494,198.11.
This day last year: On-track attendance, 7,294; on-track betting, $525,929; total betting including simulcast, $5,235,528.
Coming up: There are no stakes races on Thursday's nine-race card.
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■ It took several minutes of studying the photo to declare a winner but Charles Cella's graded stakes winner Cyber Secret held off Paris Vegas by a nose to win the featured $64,000 Dell Ridge Purse for 3-year-olds and up Wednesday. Trained by Lynn Whiting and ridden by Miguel Mena, Cyber Secret covered the mile on a firm turf course in 1:36.20 in his first start since Jan. 11.
■ Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider's Departing headlines a field of eight horses entered Wednesday for Saturday's Grade II, $200,000 Hagyard Fayette at 11⁄8 miles on the main track. Trained by Al Stall Jr., Departing comes into Saturday's race off a runner-up effort behind Cigar Street in the Homecoming Classic at Churchill Downs on Sept. 27.
■ Jockey Rosie Napravnik booted home three winners on Wednesday's card — including one for husband, trainer Joe Sharp — to give her a meet-leading 14 victories.
■ Former trainer Frank Brothers has been selected for induction into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in June 2015. A trainer for nearly four decades, Brothers won 12 Keeneland stakes, including the 1997 Toyota Blue Grass with Pulpit and the 2004 Ashland with Madcap Escapade. Brothers is the first racehorse trainer elected to the hall following one owner, John Franks, and seven jockeys (Ronald Ardoin, Eddie Delahoussaye, Eric Guerin, Mark Guidry, J.D. Mooney, Craig Perret and Randy Romero).
ALICIA WINCZE HUGHES