By Dick Downey
A total of $6,044,717.15 was wagered on Kentucky Downs racing from all sources on Sunday, up 35 percent from the corresponding date last year, which saw $4,487,790 in wagers.
Today's figure is the second-highest in track history, topped only by Saturday’s all-sources figure of $8,487,323. On track handle today was $207,470.
The first four days of the meet has generated handle surpassing all of 2016.
Day 1: $4,633,176.29
Day 2: $5,402,254.66
Day 3: $8,487,323.27
Day 4: $6,044,717.15
2017 TOTAL SO FAR: $24,567,471.37
Day 1: $4,603,239.82
Day 2: $4,019,637.14
Day 3: $5,769,505.23
Day 4: $4,487,790.40
Day 5 $3,660,588.63
2016 TOTAL: $22,540,761.22
Since we're working on numbers, the Jockey7 Wager saw the following results.
1. #10 Jose Lezcano 15.40, 14.20, 6.80
2. #14 Field 5.40, 2.10
3. #12 Jose Ortiz 3.20
$2 exacta 94.00
$1 trifecta 306.30
There were a pair of stakes races for 3-year-olds today. The Dueling Grounds Oaks was won by Kentucky Oaks runner-up Daddy's Lil Darling, trained by Kenny McPeek and ridden by Julien Leparoux; and the Exacta Systems Dueling Grounds Derby was taken by the front-running Big Bend, trained by Tom Proctor and ridden by Drayden Van Dyke. Recaps of those races are elsewhere at The Downey Profile.
In keeping with previous posts, we take note of where today's winners last raced: three of them at Ellis Park in Henderson, Ky., two at Saratoga in New York, two at Arlington Park outside of Chicago, one at Woodbine in Canada, one at Mountaineer Park in West Virginia and one at Delaware Park.
Winning trainers were Bill Mott with two victories; and Enebish Ganbat, Vickie Foley, Andrew McKeever, Lon Wiggins, Troy Wismer, Mike Maker, McPeek and Proctor.
Winning jockeys today were Lezcano with three wins; and Miguel Mena, James Graham, Brian Hernandez, Jr., Robby Albarado, Jose Ortiz, Leparoux and Van Dyke.
Maker now has six wins in his push to three-peat the training title at the track. Leparoux leads the jockey colony with six wins. There's one day of racing left at the meet.
Closing day is set for Thursday. With Hurricane Irma's remnants heading north, Kentucky Downs CEO Corey Johnsen remains committed to running the card if possible.
To protect the track from moisture, Johnsen noted that water from the pond inside the far turn can be pumped away from the track, and the rail can be moved back out close to where it was the first two days of the meet. Both measures protected the "down the dip" turn from excessive moisture after heavy rain from remnants of Hurricane Harvey drifted up from Texas a few days before the meet opened.
"Mother Nature is undefeated at Kentucky Downs," said Johnsen, "but every effort will be made to run on Thursday."
First post is set, as always, at 1:25 CDT.