The Day at the Races
Friday's figures: On-track attendance, 11,344; on-track betting, $648,686; total betting including simulcast, $3,921,097.42 (Note: The last four races on Friday's card were cancelled because of inclement weather.)
This day last year: On-track attendance, 15,169; on-track betting, $1,205,413; total betting including simulcast, $8,258,189.
Coming up: The Grade I, $1 million Toyota Blue Grass Stakes headlines a day that features five graded stakes races. In addition to the 11⁄8-mile Blue Grass, Keeneland's key Kentucky Oaks prep, the Grade I Central Bank Ashland Stakes is being contested and the 7-furlong, Grade I Madison features multiple Grade I winner Stopchargingmaria.
■ The opening race of the Keeneland Spring Meet featured a throwback to a past winner from one of its top races. The 3-year-old filly Dickinson, who took the opener under Jose Lezcano, is a daughter of 2008 Ashland Stakes winner Little Belle.
■ Even with torrential rain soaking the area Friday, some Blue Grass contenders still took the track for morning training. Graded stakes winner Ocho Ocho Ocho had a light gallop around the main track, Grade I winner and morning-line favorite Carpe Diem was on the main track at 6 a.m. under exercise rider Patti Krotenko. At about 8:15 a.m., Cheyenne Stables' Classy Class went to the main track and jogged once around.
ALICIA WINCZE HUGHES