LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 28, 2016) – Lothenbach Stables’ front-running Open Arms scored a 4¼-length victory in the $62,000 Morgan’s Ford Purse for fillies and mares before a Friday afternoon crowd of 13,023 on the penultimate day of Keeneland’s Fall Meet.
The victory gave trainer Ian Wilkes and jockey Chris Landeros their second consecutive win Friday. The two also won the previous race with Six Column Stables’ Dujac.
A 3-year-old Kentucky-bred filly by Super Saver out of the Forest Wildcat mare Cat Dance, Open Arms won the Morgan’s Ford Purse, run over a fast track at the Beard Course distance of seven furlongs and 184 feet, in 1:26.83. She earned $37,200 for the performance to more than double her career earnings to $72,460 with two wins in four starts.
Open Arms paid $9.20, $4.80 and $3.20. Finishing second was Corby, ridden by James Graham, who returned $4.20 and $3.40. Julerette was third under Julien Leparoux and paid $3.60.
Saturday is closing day of Keeneland’s Fall Meet, which marks the 80th year of racing at the track. The 10-race program begins at 1:05 p.m. ET. The featured ninth race is the 59th running of the $200,000 Hagyard Fayette (G2). Post time for the Hagyard Fayette is 5:30 p.m.
After Friday’s third race, Keeneland wished a Happy 95th Birthday to James E. “Ted” Bassett, who is a beloved member of the Keeneland family and a longtime civic leader in Central Kentucky. During his long tenure at Keeneland, Bassett was President, Chairman and Trustee.
To honor Mr. Bassett’s milestone birthday, past and present Keeneland employees, members of the riding colony and others gathered with him in the Winner’s Circle. Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason presented him with exacta tickets on the No. 9 and 5 horses for the day’s remaining races.
Tomorrow Keeneland welcomes fans for a special Halloween edition of Sunrise Trackside featuring a children’s costume contest with Buckles, the Keeneland Kids Club mascot, at 8:50 a.m. ET in the Paddock area. Buckles will award Kids Club prize packages to contest winners.
Another Halloween tradition at Keeneland are special appearances by the Headless Horseman. During Sunrise Trackside, the ghostly figure will ride through the Saddling Paddock at 9 a.m.
The Headless Horseman also will be featured on the main track in the afternoon following Race 3 at 2:15 p.m. Post time for the third race is 2:12 p.m.
Sunrise Trackside kicks off at 7 a.m. with Breakfast With the Works (available until 8:30 a.m.) and children’s activities in the Kids Club Corner (until 9 a.m.). Other activities include a demonstration by the Kentucky Horseshoeing School at 9:05 a.m. in the Saddling Paddock, a trackside handicapping seminar at 11:30 a.m. and a Q&A session with jockey Corey Lanerie in the Walking Ring at 12:05 p.m.