Keeneland concluded a successful 2013
fall race meeting on Saturday with record attendance and all-sources
wagering on Keeneland for its 17-day season, held Oct. 4-26.
The fall meet also featured two other historic events: Jockey Rosie
Napravnik won 17 races to become the first female to capture the leading
rider title at Keeneland, and Ken and Sarah Ramsey earned their 13th leading owner title after winning 17 races, a fall meet record.
Keeneland set attendance records for the fourth consecutive race
meet. On-track attendance totaled a record 266,466, up 2.60 percent over
2012’s fall record of 259,710. Average daily attendance of 15,674 rose
2.60 percent over 15,277 last year.
“Our attendance growth is a true testament to our fan base and their
appreciation of great racing,” President and CEO Bill Thomason said.
“Despite record rainfall on opening Fall Stars weekend, and earlier than
normal cold temperatures, our fans still turned out in record numbers.”
Back-to-back single-day attendance records resulted in a record fall
weekend crowd. On See Blue Day, Friday, Oct. 11, attendance of 22,807
was the highest recorded for a Friday during the fall meet. Attendance
of 32,717 on Saturday, Oct. 12, set a single-day fall meet record,
eclipsing the previous record of 28,880 set on Oct. 7, 2006. (Oct. 12
featured the $400,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup-G1 and a night
football game between the University of Kentucky and defending national
champion University of Alabama.) Those two days, combined with a Sunday
turnout of 16,927, resulted in a record fall weekend attendance of
Top-quality, competitive racing, with race field size averaging 9.85
starters per race, helped drie record growth in all-sources wagering on
Keeneland’s fall meet.
All-sources wagering on Keeneland was a fall meet record
$139,660,179, up 1.22 percent compared to the previous record of
$137,981,281 set in 2012. Average daily all-sources handle of $8,215,305
also rose 1.22 percent over last fall’s $8,116,546.
On-track handle of $18,173,355 increased slightly over $18,160,018 in 2012.
“Racing was spectacular this fall,” Keeneland Director of Racing W.
B. Rogers Beasley said. “Two points in particular speak to its quality.
First, many of our races were oversubscribed with entries; handicappers
love full fields of quality horses. Second, 30 horses that raced here
this fall are running in next weekend’s Breeders’ Cup World
Championships. We want to thank our horsemen and riders, who continue to
show us great support.”
Fall Meet Leaders
Boosted by a four-win day on Friday, Oct. 25, jockey Rosie Napravnik
won 17 races to earn her first Keeneland riding title. She is the first
female rider to win the title at Keeneland. Napravnik ranks fifth among
leading riders in North America this year with 225 wins and $11,613,422
in mount earnings.
Joe Rocco Jr. and Alan Garcia tied for second in the standings with 11 wins each.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey continued their record-breaking pace, winning 17
races to establish a Keeneland fall meet record for most victories by
an owner. The previous fall meet record of 12 wins was shared by the
Ramseys (2012) and Mr. and Mrs. Robert F. Roberts (1968). The Ramseys
count three stakes among their record wins: the Dixiana Breeders’
Futurity (G1) with We Miss Artie; Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1)
with Kitten’s Dumplings; and JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G3) with Kitten
The title marks the Ramseys’ fourth consecutive Keeneland leading owner honor, and 13th
overall, ranking them just one shy of T.A. Grissom’s record 14 meet
titles. They have won or shared six spring meet owner titles (2004,
2006, 2010-13) and seven fall meet titles (2000, 2002, 2007-09,
Eclipse Award recipients as outstanding owners in 2004 and 2011, the
Ramseys rank atop the nation’s leading owner standings by earnings with
Michael Maker earned his second consecutive Keeneland leading trainer
title, and third overall, this fall when his 17 wins more than doubled
those of his competitors. Maker won the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup
with Kitten’s Dumplings.
Maker is the fifth-leading trainer in North America this year with 191 wins and ranks seventh by earnings with $7,488,429.
H. Graham Motion and Wesley Ward tied for second with eight wins each.