Friday's figures: On-track attendance, 12,690; on-track betting, $1,156,796; total betting including simulcast, $7,312,865.
This day last year: On-track attendance, 22,052; on-track betting, $1,533,036; total betting including simulcast, $6,233,785.
Coming up: Grade I winners Miss World and Gozzip Girl highlight a field of seven expected to go in Saturday's Grade I, $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup over 11⁄8 miles on the turf. Among those attempting to spring the upset will be Hot Cha Cha, winner of the Grade III Pucker Up Stakes at Arlington Park on Sept. 7 and Shared Account, second in the Grade I Garden City Stakes last time out.
■ Through the first five days of the meet, Keeneland has seen its overall handle increase by 9.83 percent compared with last year's. According to the most recent economic indicators released by Equibase in September, overall wagering on U.S. races was down 10.22 percent from 2008. Bolstered by full fields and five Grade I races during its opening weekend, however, Keeneland has seen its wagering increase to $37,054,751 through Thursday compared with $33,736,234 on the comparable dates a year ago.
■ Trainer Ken McPeek said Friday morning that he plans to have a starter in all four 2-year-old Breeders' Cup races next month.
The lineup was completed Thursday when House of Grace won the JPMorgan Chase Jessamine at Keeneland. House of Grace will be pointed toward the Juvenile Fillies Turf on Nov. 6 at Santa Anita. McPeek also plans to enter Beautician in the Juvenile Fillies on the Nov. 6 card, the first day of the two-day Breeders' Cup. Beautician finished fifth in the Grade I Darley Alcibiades after a troubled trip on opening day at Keeneland.
On the Saturday card, McPeek will send Noble's Promise to the Breeders' Cup Juvenile and Bridgetown to the Juvenile Turf. Noble's Promise scored an upset in the Grade I Dixiana Breeders' Futurity last weekend at Keeneland. Bridgetown won the Grade III Summer Stakes on Sept. 19 at Woodbine. McPeek plans to ship the quartet to California on Monday.
"I want to go out early this year to let them get acclimated, especially after all the cold weather here," McPeek said.