April 21: The Day at the Races

Yesterday's figures: On-track attendance, 23,823; on-track betting, $1,861,010.80; total betting including simulcast, $13,874,699.89.

This day last year: On-track attendance, 20,273; on-track betting, $1,420,683; total betting including simulcast, $9,986,594.

Coming up: Morton Fink's Wise Dan makes his first start since winning the Grade I Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs in November when he faces six others in the Grade III Ben Ali Stakes going 11⁄8 miles Sunday. Wise Dan won the Grade II Fayette Stakes over the Keeneland main track going the same distance in October, but he faces a deep group that includes graded-stakes winner Rouge Romance .

Final furlong

■ In the race preceding the Coolmore Lexington on Saturday, Prime Equestrian's Flash Mash collared Well Deserved in deep stretch to win the Giant's Causeway Stakes for fillies and mares by a half-length. Ridden by Brian Hernandez Jr., Flash Mash rated in third place early as favored Inspired set fractions of :21.37 and :44.45 over a firm turf course and led until the eighth pole when Well Deserved took over and held the lead until just before the wire.

In giving trainer Michael Stidham his first Keeneland stakes victory since Bold Answer won the 2001 Appalachian, Flash Mash covered the 5½ furlongs in 1:03.19.


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