The Day at the Races
Wednesday's figures: On-track attendance, 9,877; on-track betting, $642,589.70; total betting including simulcast, $4,585,992.33.
This day last year: On-track attendance, 12,164; on-track betting, $120,586; total betting including simulcast, $5,392,085.
Coming up: There are no stakes on Thursday's nine-race card. The day's opening race going 61/2 furlongs on the main track features Casino Dan, a half-brother to two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan as well as stakes winner Politicallycorrect.
■ Two-time Eclipse Award winner Javier Castellano booted home three winners Wednesday, giving him 20 victories heading into the final two days of the Spring Meet and clinching his first ever Keeneland meet crown.
■ All three of Castellano's wins Wednesday came aboard horses owned by Ken and Sarah Ramsey. That gives the Ramseys 10 wins for the meet compared to six for Godolphin and also clinches what will be a record-breaking 15th Keeneland meet title overall for the Nicholasville-based couple. The Ramseys had been tied with T.A. Grissom for most Keeneland meet titles with 14.
■ Joel Rosario won two races Wednesday, giving him 1,999 career wins in North America. The Kentucky Derby-winning jockey is named on eight mounts Thursday at Keeneland.
■ Trainer Todd Pletcher said from Churchill Downs on Wednesday morning that he plans to work Grade I Toyota Blue Grass Stakes winner Carpe Diem on Sunday at Keeneland in the colt's final major move before the Kentucky Derby. Pletcher also confirmed that Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez will have the mount on Carpe Diem for the Derby while Castellano will be aboard unbeaten Florida Derby winner Materiality in the first leg of the Triple Crown.
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