Click here for a video of all the fun and racing excitement today at Keeneland
Click here for a replay of the race
LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 26, 2016) – Makin’ Sense, ridden by Calvin Borel, held off late charges from Moonlight Sky and Fitpitcher to win the $62,000 Upson Downs Purse for fillies and mares by a head before a Wednesday afternoon crowd of 9,928.
Trained by Carl Nafzger for James B. Tafel LLC, Makin’ Sense ran the 1 1/8 miles on the firm turf course in 1:52.32.
The 4-year-old, Kentucky-bred Makin’ Sense represents the same connections who won the 2007 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum Brands (G1) with her sire, Street Sense. Makin’ Sense is out of the A.P. Indy mare Windyindy.
Makin’ Sense returned $22.40, $7.80 and $5.40. Moonlight Sky, ridden by Robby Albarado, was second and paid $3.20 and $2.60 to place. Fitpitcher, with Mitchell Murrill aboard, was third and paid $5.20 to show.
Racing resumes Thursday with a nine-race program beginning at 1:05 p.m. ET. Keeneland’s 17-day Fall Meet concludes Saturday.
On Wednesday afternoon, Keeneland presented a $15,000 check to Blue Grass Farms Charities, a nonprofit dedicated to serving employees of Central Kentucky’s Thoroughbred industry and their families.
Founded in 2003, BGFC is funded solely by private donations and grants. The organization, which held its annual gala fundraiser, Racino, at the Keeneland Entertainment Center, recently provided the Keeneland Chaplaincy program with 85 backpacks filled with school supplies to distribute to the school-aged children of stable area employees.
In December, BGFC’s annual Festival of Christmas at Keeneland’s The Thoroughbred Center will welcome industry workers and their families for holiday entertainment, a visit with Santa and Christmas dinner supplies.
In the attached photo are (from left) Diana Varon and Chaplain Dean Carpenter of the Keeneland Chaplaincy program; Keeneland Associate Director of Sales Operations Tom Thornbury, a BGFC Director; Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason; and BGFC Outreach Director Wade Haga.