The Day at the Races
Wednesday's figures: On-track attendance, 7,901; on-track betting, $486,399; total betting including simulcast, $4,421,973.67.
This day last year: On-track attendance, 8,253; on-track betting, $634,419; total betting including simulcast, $6,217,789.
Coming up: Unitarian, winner of the Grade II Elkhorn Stakes at Keeneland last April, heads a field of nine entered in the Grade III, $100,000 Sycamore Stakes going 11/2 miles on the turf.
■ Trainer Joe Sharp notched his first Keeneland winner on Wednesday and sixth win since going out on his own this summer. Sharp, a former assistant to Mike Maker, saddled Branded Hand to victory in the day's fourth race for owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey. Branded Hand, a 3-year-old son of Hard Spun, was ridden to victory by Sharp's wife, jockey Rosie Napravnik.
■ G. Watts Humphrey Jr.'s Honey Lake took command entering the far turn and drew off to win the featured $60,000 Diamond A Purse for fillies and mares by 83/4 lengths. Trained by Vicki Oliver and ridden by Jon Court, Honey Lake covered the 13⁄16 miles in 1:57.79 over a fast track. The race was moved off the turf course.
■ Miss Behaviour and Thank You Marylou, daylight winners of Grade III stakes in their most recent starts, headline a field of 13 3-year-old fillies entered for Saturday's Grade II, $250,000 Lexus Raven Run at 7 furlongs on the main track. Miss Behaviour won the Charles Town Oaks by 93/4 lengths for her second stakes victory of 2014 in her previous start. Thank You Marylou won the Dogwood at Churchill Downs by 6½ lengths on Sept. 20.
ALICIA WINCZE HUGHES