Keeneland: The Day at the Races

Yesterday's figures: On-track attendance, 8,314; on-track betting, $777,243; total betting including simulcast, $5,124,615.

This day last year: On-track attendance, 8,726; on-track betting, $971,559; total betting including simulcast, $6,478,527.

Coming up: Zayat Stables' Thorn Song, winner of last fall's Grade I Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland, will make his 2009 debut on Friday when he faces six foes in the Grade I, $300,000 Maker's Mark Mile for 4-year-olds and up.


■ Dead heats are a rare occurrence, but what transpired in Keene land's fifth race might be a first. Nergal, piloted by Garrett Gomez, captured the 11⁄8-mile allowance race on the turf but there was a dead heat for both second and fourth. Telling and French Beret dead-heated for second while Birdbirdistheword and Musketier each hit the wire simultaneously for fourth.

■ Trainer Ken McPeek reported Thursday morning that Dixiana Stables Inc.'s War Kill came out of her upset victory in Wednesday's Grade II Beaumont in good order. "She's the little engine that could," McPeek said. "She just wants to beat some horse. I thought Julien (Leparoux) rode her great."