10/16/2007 11:00PM

Theriot joins list of track's top stakes riders

EmailLEXINGTON, Ky. - Keeneland customers love their traditions, one of which is seeing familiar faces aboard stakes winners. Through the years, jockeys named Brumfield, Day, and Sellers frequently won the biggest races, while in more recent years it has been Albarado, Prado, Leparoux, and Bejarano who tend to fare best.

But as the 17-day Keeneland fall meet passed the midway point Wednesday, the leading stakes jockey was none of the above.

Jamie Theriot, who rode regularly here for the first time in the spring, has won three stakes at this meet, helping the 28-year-old Cajun realize a lifelong dream.

"This is like a dream come true, it really is," Theriot said between races Wednesday. "I moved my family to Kentucky in the spring and just wanted to compete. To be in this position now, it's unbelievable."

On Oct. 6, Theriot won the richest race of the meet, the $600,000 Shadwell Turf Mile aboard 20-1 shot Purim. The Shadwell is one of five Grade 1 races at a front-loaded meet that, going into Thursday, had only five stakes remaining.

Theriot also won the $100,000 Jessamine on Wind in My Wings and the $200,000 Perryville on Steve's Double.

Theriot has won plenty of races at Fair Grounds, Oaklawn Park, Louisiana Downs, and elsewhere - but he said success at Keeneland is something different.

"The phone is constantly ringing, with people back home calling to say congratulations, we're proud of you," he said. "It gives you a great feeling."

Indivia fools her connections

Dylan Williams thought for a moment that maybe something was wrong. The 16-year-old apprentice rider had a huge lead aboard 27-1 shot Indivia in the first race Wednesday, and although his mount was traveling comfortably, he couldn't quite figure out why he was more than 10 lengths in front.

"I took a hold, and she just went faster," said Williams. "So I gave her her head, and she just kept going along real nice. Then I looked under my arm and saw all the other guys were way back there, and it kind of threw me a little."

Unlike in many races when a longshot runs off to a huge lead, Indivia didn't come back to the pack. She won the 1 1/8-mile Polytrack race by 3 3/4 lengths, returning $56.

Indivia, by Tiznow, was coming off a dull effort in a Turfway Park sprint.

"I knew she could run a little, but I didn't expect this to happen, at least not this way," said trainer Kelly Ackerman.

Fourteen entered in Raven Run

Saturday's feature, the Grade 2, $300,000 Raven Run, drew a field of 14 3-year-old fillies. Last-out stakes winners in the lineup of the seven-furlong Raven Run include Seaside Affair, who took the Torrey Pines at Del Mar; Prairie Meadows Oaks winner West Coast Swing; Exciting Justice, who scored by more than three lengths in the Weekend Delight at Turfway Park; and Look Deep, winner of the restricted Cozy Lace Stakes at Presque Isle Downs.

The Sunday feature is the $150,000 Dowager, a turf marathon for fillies and mares, after which the lone remaining stakes on the schedule is the $150,000 Fayette on closing day, Oct. 27.

Pick four offers $200k guarantee

A guaranteed pool of $200,000 is in effect for the late pick four again Friday. Keeneland has had no problems attaining the guarantee threshold on each of the first two Fridays, as $257,528 was bet Oct. 5, and $229,350 was bet Oct. 12.

The guarantee will be offered once more, on the final Friday of the meet, Oct. 26. The late pick four is on races 7 through 10. Both of Keeneland's daily pick fours are 50-cent minimum wagers.

* Keeneland will beam the live CBS Sports telecast of the University of Kentucky home football game throughout the plant Saturday, just as it did last week when the Wildcats upset then-top-ranked LSU. The opening kickoff, just like last week, comes in the middle of the Keeneland card at 3:30 p.m. Eastern.

* Flags in the infield were flown at half-staff on Wednesday in tribute to Freida Shuffett, a 27-year Keeneland employee who died that morning following a brief illness.