THE DAY AT THE RACES
Yesterday's figures: On-track attendance, 8,457; on-track betting, $657,948.50; total betting including simulcast, $6,132,015.48.
This day last year: On-track attendance, 11,442 ; on-track betting, $894,942; total betting including simulcast, $7,240,106.
Coming up: Stakes racing returns on Friday with the Grade III Hillard Lyons Doubledogdare Stakes for older fillies and mares going 11⁄16-miles. Grade II winner My Miss Sophia is the 2-to-1 choice on the morning line.
■ Trainer Pat Dupuy earned his first win at Keeneland since 1991 when I'm a Looker unleashed a big rally under Robby Albarado to win the seventh race on the card going six furlongs on the main track. I'm a Looker caused pre-race drama when she lost a hind shoe during the post parade and had to return to the paddock to get it repaired. The 3-year-old daughter of Henny Hughes then tracked along last in the seven-horse field early on before coming on late to edge favorite Caval by three quarters of a length, giving Albarado his first win of the current Spring Meet. Owned by Glenmare Farm, I'm a Looker is out of the mare Our Mariella, who is a half sister to Our Josephina, dam of undefeated Kentucky Derby hopeful Dortmund.
■ Grade I winner Angela Renee, runner-up in the Grade I Ashland at Keeneland on April 4, worked a half-mile in company in :47.60 over a fast Thursday morning in preparation for an expected start in the Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs. Angela Renee posted fractions of :13, :25, out five furlongs in 1:00.40 and six furlongs in 1:13 while working on even terms with Stopchargingmaria. "She is typically a good training filly," trainer Todd Pletcher said of Angela Renee. "She has bounced out of both of her races this year really well, especially this one." Pletcher said John Velazquez would have the mount in the Oaks and that Angela Renee is scheduled to ship to Churchill on Tuesday.
■ Frammento, fourth in the Grade I Blue Grass Stakes, worked an easy half-mile on his own after the Thursday morning renovation break in :51.20 under Sophie Doyle for trainer Nick Zito. Leaving from the three-eighths pole, Frammento covered the first three furlongs in :38.60. "I just want to keep things easy," Zito said of Frammento, who stands 23rd on the Road to the Kentucky Derby leaderboard with 20 points obtained with the Blue Grass finish and a third-place finish in the Grade II Fountain of Youth.
ALICIA WINCZE HUGHES