Updated on 09/15/2011 1:14PM

A Day-and-Albarado day


LEXINGTON, Ky. - Until Craig Perret rode 14-1 shot Dancing Missile to victory in the last race, the two leading jockeys at the Keeneland fall meet had kept everything for themselves on Sunday's card.

Pat Day had four winners, and so did Robby Albarado. If either Day, riding 4-1 Storm Craft, or Albarado, aboard 7-1 Homem Ra, had been able to win the finale, it would have been the first time in Keeneland history that two jockeys had teamed to sweep a nine-race card. But Storm Craft finished third, and Homem Ra was 10th.

For Day, the four-bagger was just another day at the office. On Saturday, Day, the all-time leading rider in Keeneland history and one of only three jockeys to ever win more than 8,000 races in a career, also rode two winners, which is notable for him only because it happened to be his 48th birthday.

Surprisingly, Day does not hold the single-day record for most wins, though he has ridden five winners on three occasions. The Keeneland record is six in one day, held jointly by Perret and Randy Romero. Both won with six at the 1990 spring meet.

Into the Wednesday card, Day and Albarado are tied with 16 wins. If Day pulls away in the final half of the meet, it would mark his 16th riding crown at the Keeneland fall meet. Day's agent, Doc Danner, said Day is scheduled to ride here daily until the last two days of the meet, when he will be at Belmont for the Breeders' Cup.

Football trumps the ponies

Now it can be said: The most revealing variable in determining crowd size at Keeneland in the fall is not weather or quality of racing. It's football.

On Saturday, most people experienced various degrees of difficulty getting around Keeneland simply because of how mobbed the track was. The 26,458 was just 2,320 short of the all-time fall record, set Oct. 14, 1989.

The previous weekend, which opened the meet, showcased better racing (four graded stakes) and fabulous weather. But even the combined Saturday and Sunday attendance on opening weekend fell short of this latest Saturday, when the University of Kentucky hosted LSU in a night football game.

The UK home game was the only one scheduled during this meet.

* Keeneland is monitoring how their industry-low, 16 percent, across-the-board takeout is benefiting horseplayers. Through the first eight days of the meet, some $800,000 in additional winnings have been paid out, compared with what the former 18.5 percent takeout for exotic wagers would have returned.

* Jockey Calvin Borel will be inactive this week while serving a five-day suspension for his role in the disqualification of Tell It from the seventh race Friday. Tell It finished first but was placed second after bothering heavily favored Good Game in deep stretch of the allowance turf race. Borel has the mount on Bet on Sunshine in the Oct. 27 Breeders' Cup Sprint.

* Veterinarian Jerry Johnson has been fined $1,000 for late administration of a Lasix shot, according to chief steward Bernie Hettel.

Turfway business down

Business at the 22-day fall meet at Turfway Park was down sharply, according to figures released Monday by the Florence, Ky., track. President Bob Elliston attributed much of the downward trends to the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11. The meet ran Sept. 5 to Oct. 4.

All-sources handle averaged more than $3.38 million per card, down 17.3 percent from corresponding dates last year. Average ontrack attendance and handle were 2,070 and $373,072, down 17.8 and 19.3 percent, respectively. Per-day purses averaged just over $200,000, down 21 percent.

"It was clear early on that this was not going to be a good meet for obvious reasons," said Elliston.

* Churchill was scheduled to install a new video board in its paddock early this week. The board will be operational for the Breeders' Cup simulcasts on Oct. 27, one day before live racing begins at the Louisville track. The Translux Company of Norwalk, Conn., manufactured the video board, which replaces a 16-year-old Sony board.

* Churchill Downs has announced the winners in various categories in its 19th annual Red Smith Kentucky Derby Writing Contest. They are: Mike Kane of the Daily Gazette of Schenectady, N.Y., for his Derby advance; Bill Christine, Los Angeles Times, Derby feature; Jennie Rees, Louisville Courier-Journal, Sunday wrap-up; and John Harrell, formerly of the Thoroughbred Times, Monday wrap-up. All four winners are members of the National Turf Writers Association.