The Day at the Races
Wednesday's figures: On-track attendance, 8,124; on-track betting, $620,257.40; total betting including simulcast, $6,094,511.99.
This day last year: On-track attendance, 7,889; on-track betting, $597,173; total betting including simulcast, $6,103,779.
Coming up: There are no stakes races on Thursday's nine-race card. Stakes racing returns on Friday with the Grade I Maker's 46 Mile.
■ Divining Rod, runner-up in the Grade III Sam F. Davis and third-place finisher in the Grade II Tampa Bay Derby, tops a field of seven 3-year-olds entered Wednesday for Saturday's 34th running of the Grade III, $250,000 Coolmore Lexington Stakes. The 11⁄16-mile main-track test serves as the final chance in Kentucky for horses to earn points toward the Kentucky Derby, but none of Saturday's entrants are expected to compete in the first leg of the Triple Crown.
■ The good fortune continues at Keeneland for owner Brereton Jones, trainer Larry Jones and jockey Kerwin Clark. Having all paired up to win the Grade I Ashland Stakes last Saturday, the trio were triumphant again when How About Him, a half-brother to 2012 Kentucky Oaks winner Believe You Can, broke his maiden in easy fashion taking the sixth race on Wednesday's card. Believe You Can was owned by Brereton Jones and trained by Larry Jones. Her half-brother was making his second career outing, finishing fourth first time out at Fair Grounds on Feb. 21.
■ Noble Bird pulled off the upset at 14-1 in Wednesday's eighth race as he withstood a tremendous rally from Top Billing to edge the graded stakes-placed runner by a nose. Top Billing, third in last year's Grade II Fountain of Youth, was last in the 10-horse field more than 15 lengths off the lead down the backstretch before launching a surge on the far outside.
ALICIA WINCZE HUGHES