Keeneland’s opening-day draws 12,013 fans
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The win, place and show on opening-day of Keeneland’s Spring Meet was the wind, cold and rain. Despite the less than ideal weather conditions, more than 12,000 race fans turned out for a day of racing, highlighted by the feature race, the 28th running of the $100,000 Transylvania (G3) for 3-year olds.
Richard Hogan and Dan Gale’s Shakhimat won the feature by 3 1/4 lengths over JR’s Holiday and Inspector Lynley on the turf course in a winning time of 1:42.65.
Jockey Emma-Jayne Wilson posted her first Keeneland stakes victory with the win. Shakhimat is trained by Roger Attfield.
Opening day was College Scholarship Day, attended by thousands of students from colleges and universities in Kentucky. Keeneland partners with the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association to host the day and offered free admission with a college ID.
Full-time students registered to win one of ten $1,000 scholarships and prizes from local vendors awarded after each of the day’s races.
Also given away was the $10,000 Runhappy Scholarship. The winner was Sarah Gossett, a student at the University of Kentucky.