The Day at the Races: Successful Dan to return to track Sunday at Keeneland

Wednesday's figures: On-track attendance, 9,141; on-track betting, $663,599.90; total betting including simulcast, $5,784,078.18.

This day last year: On-track attendance, 10,521; on-track betting, $713,008; total betting including simulcast, $5,243,677.

Coming up: Grade III winner Watsdachances, second in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf in November, makes her first start since that outing when she faces nine other 3-year-old fillies in the Grade III Applachian Stakes on Thursday going 1 mile on the turf.

Final furlong

■ Scott Farmer's and Kathy Thompson's Ancil, coming off a 6½ -month layoff, scored a front-running half-length victory in the day's feature race, the $62,000 Blandford Purse for 4-year-olds. Trained by Joan Scott and ridden by Julien Leparoux, Ancil covered the 5½ furlongs on a firm turf course in 1:03.50. Unraced since a runner-up finish at Presque Isle Downs in late September, Ancil shot to the lead out of the gate, put away two challengers turning for home and had enough left to hold off Magical Season and Perregaux.

■ Trainer Charlie LoPresti confirmed Wednesday that multiple graded stakes winner Successful Dan, older half-brother to reigning Horse of the Year, Wise Dan, would make his season debut in Sunday's Grade III Ben Ali Stakes. Sidelined by a ligament strain in his left front ankle, Successful Dan has not raced since running second to Fort Larned in the Grade III Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Handicap on June 30.

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