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Day at the Races: Airoforce a winner in Keeneland's Dixiana Bourbon

In the Dixiana Bourbon, favored Airoforce remained undefeated in two starts as he overhauled Hot Ore at the eighth pole and had more than enough to hold off Camelot Kitten and prevail by 2½ lengths. (Keeneland)
In the Dixiana Bourbon, favored Airoforce remained undefeated in two starts as he overhauled Hot Ore at the eighth pole and had more than enough to hold off Camelot Kitten and prevail by 2½ lengths. (Keeneland)

Sunday's figures: On-track attendance, 12,174; on-track betting, $805,095.40; total betting including simulcast, $9,799,866.67.

This day last year: On-track attendance, 12,534; on-track betting, $870,304; total betting including simulcast, $8,039,178.

Coming up: An overflow field of 14 2-year-old fillies is entered in the Grade III, $150,000 JPMorgan Chase Jessamine Stakes going 1-1/16 miles on turf, which heads an eight-race card on Wednesday. Harmonize, the high weight at 120 pounds, was beaten by a nose by Thrilled in her debut Aug. 9 but turned the tables in the P.G. Johnson.

Final furlong

■ Trainer Mark Casse, who saddled Tepin to victory in the Grade I First Lady Stakes on Saturday, rattled off his second graded stakes triumph and fifth win three days into the Keeneland Fall Meet when favored Airoforce captured the Grade III, $250,000 Dixiana Bourbon Stakes by 21/2 lengths to remain undefeated in two starts.

Ridden by Julien Leparoux, Airoforce covered the 1-1/16 miles on a yielding turf course in 1:44.12. Turning for home, Airoforce and Casse-trained stablemate Siding Spring joined Hot Ore on the front end. Airoforce drew clear of Hot Ore at midstretch and pulled away from Siding Spring. Camelot Kitten closed from 13th to claim the second spot by a half-length in front of Siding Spring.

■ Tepin was reported to be in good order after her seven-length triumph Saturday, according to assistant trainer Norman Casse. The daughter of Bernstein is set to face males in the Breeders' Cup Mile on Oct. 31. Grade I Breeders' Futurity winner Brody's Cause and Grade I Shadwell Turf Mile victor Grand Arch were also in good order the morning after their triumphs.

■ T.J. Comerford, assistant to trainer Aidan O'Brien, reported that Outstanding, fourth-place finisher in the First Lady, has been retired to Coolmore's Ashford Stud and that eighth-place finisher Easter sustained a "little fracture" and was to be taken to Hagyard Equine Medical Institute before going to Ashford.

■ Multiple stakes winner Tacticus, who captured the Temperence Hill Invitational Stakes on Sept. 12, suffered a fatal breakdown during a workout at Keeneland on Sunday morning. The 4-year-old Flaxman Holdings homebred, son of A.P. Indy, was trained by Graham Motion. He had four wins in 12 career starts with $197,571 in earnings.

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