Keeneland News: “Big Blue Day” At the Races Today — Oct. 11

(Keeneland Race Course / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

From the Keeneland Media Team:

Big Blue Day at the Races – TODAY, Friday, Oct. 11

WHAT:       Today, the day before the University of Kentucky football team takes on the University of Arkansas, Keeneland is the center of Big Blue Nation.

WHO:         UK students, alumni, faculty and staff receive free general admission and access to reserved Grandstand seating in sections A and B with valid UK IDs. The UK Alumni Association and DanceBlue will have information tables outside The Keeneland Shop.


11:25 a.m.UK Band/Cheer/Dance will enter the South Gate entrance and move from the Saddling Paddock Chalet into the Paddock.
NoonNational Anthem performed by Blue Note in the Walking Ring. Blue Note is UK Choirs’ a cappella group.
Race 1 post parade (1:05 p.m. post time)UK Band/Cheer/Dance recognition in the Winner’s Circle.
After Race 1UK Cheerleaders will perform on the track.
Race 2 post parade (1:39 p.m. post time)UK Homecoming Court recognition in the Winner’s Circle.
After Race 2Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards recognition in the Winner’s Circle. (Presented by Godolphin, the awards recognize the outstanding talent, diligence and commitment of the farm and racing stable staff who are at the heart of our sport.)
Race 3 post parade (2:12 p.m. post time)UK Ag Keeneland Scholarship recognition in the Winner’s Circle.
Race 4 post parade (2:45 p.m. post time)Golden Wildcat Society recognition in the Winner’s Circle. (Golden Wildcats are UK alumni who graduated 50 years ago or more.)
Race 5 post parade (3:18 p.m. post time)DanceBlue recognition in the Winner’s Circle.


The horse broke well today,” Gaffalione said. “I had the horse inside, Dunph, going to the lead and then (Gun It) showed a little bit of speed. When I saw they were intent on going I just tried to get him back and got him to relax. He came back to me nicely and settled well down the backside. Got a little keen going into the far turn and wanted to move a little early. But I didn’t want to take too much away from him so I tried to sit as long as I could. He was waiting on horses down the lane but I kept him at task and there was plenty of horse there.”

“Mark (Casse, the trainer) and his team have done a great job,” Gaffalione said. “They’ve had a ton of confidence in this horse the whole way. It’s just an honor to be able to ride the horse. He’s just so professional, trains great and he’s a pleasure to be around.”

Tyler Gaffalione, Rode of War of Will to victory in the G2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds
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