10/30/2010 10:31AM

Keeneland: Closing-day scratches, etc.


It's closing day at the 17-day Keeneland fall meet, and while we've all been busy getting ready for the Breeders' Cup at CD, there are a few loose ends to tie up here today.

There will be mandatory end-of-meet payouts in the two jackpot bets here today, and both have small carryovers from yesterday: the $2 pick six (races 5-10) will start with an extra $4,281, and the $1 super high five (race 10) starts with an extra $13,456.

The trainers' race is coming down to the nitty gritty, with Ken McPeek, who dominated here last fall with 17 winners, entering the day tied with Chicago kingpin Wayne Catalano with 9 wins apiece. Both men are scheduled to run horses in 3 races: McPeek in races 3, 5, 6, and Catalano in 3, 7, 8. . . . wouldn't be surprised to see them still deadlocked by day's end.

The closing-day feature is the G2 Fayette and was supposed to match 10 older horses, but early scratches have wiped out 4 of them already, most notably the turf-specializing Battle of Hastings, who presumably will run instead Thurs in the G3 River City at CD. All Kee scratches for Sat. soon follow.

The CD opener tomorrow is the first of 2 "Stars of Tomorrow" cards for 2yos, with 2 of the 11 races being graded stakes: the G3 Iroquois (race 8) for the boys, and the G2 Pocahontas for the girls. First post is 12:45 ET.

It's a pretty chilly day here, high maybe in the mid-50s, with little to no chance of rain. Overall, it's been a tremendous meet here, weather-wise and otherwise, and it's been quite apparent that many, many fans have been enjoying the dwindling days of the 2010 autumn in the Bluegrass.

OK . . . Fast Poly, firm turf, first post 1:15 for the finale. Here follow the early changes and scratches:

Race 4 - R.Albarado rides #1A (poe) I.M. Boomer

Race 7 - SCR #1 Fire Angel; SCR #6 Badleroibrown; M.Mena rides #10 Military Jewel

Race 8 - SCR #6 Heart of a King; SCR #10 Bee Line's Edge

Race 9 (Fayette S.); SCR #2 Adriano; SCR #4 Intercoastal; SCR #5 Battle of Hastings; SCR #8 Boots Ahead

Race 10 - SCR #10 Petite Riviere; SCR #12 Sit Chilly; SCR #14 (ae) G Mom