Race honors retiring Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason
SF Racing’s His Glory went to the front shortly after the start, put away mild pressure in the far turn and then drew off to a 3-length victory in the President’s Cup Purse on closing day of Keeneland’s 17-day Fall Meet. (Click here for a replay of the race.)
The name of the race was created to honor distinguished service to Keeneland and the Thoroughbred industry. Today’s inaugural President’s Cup recognized Keeneland’s retiring President and CEO, Bill Thomason, in appreciation for his extraordinary gifts to the Keeneland family and his many years of dedicated leadership in the Thoroughbred industry.
After the race, Thomason received a julep cup from Trustee Bill Lear and his successor, Shannon Arvin.
His Glory, who is trained by Joe Sharp and was ridden by James Graham, covered the mile on a main track rated as good in 1:39.41 in the race for 3-year-old fillies.
A Keeneland sales grad who was claimed in May by Sharp, His Glory is a Florida-bred daughter of Mineshaft out of the Aldebaran mare Glorious Sky. The victory was worth $35,640 and increased His Glory’s earnings to $179,275 with a record of 14-4-2-1.
His Glory paid $16.80, $8.20 and $4.60. Miss Imperfection, ridden by Robby Albarado, returned $14.60 and $6.40 with Alta’s Award finishing third and paying $3.60 to show under Rafael Bejarano.
Racing returns to Keeneland for the 37th edition of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships to be run Nov. 6-7.
With no mandatory payout on the Super High 5 today, the carryover of $11,456.92 will be offered on Nov. 6, the first day of the Breeders’ Cup.