Wise Dan was paraded through the paddock after his recent retirement on day 2 of the fall meet. Fans, Keeneland employees, and horseplayers alike couldn’t resist turning to watch as he passed and there were smiles all around as he went by. His history is intrinsically intertwined with Keeneland’s, through a long illustrious career. The highlights were recited by announcer Kurt Becker as Wise Dan walked down the track once more, making it even clearer why so many had paused and turned to watch this living legend pass their way.

As for the day’s racing, the Grade 3 Woodford Stakes was part of the track’s traditional Fallstars weekend, good horses and top races being a sort of prelude to the Breeders’ Cup at month’s end.

The “parade” of stakes races continued with the Grade 2 Thoroughbred Club of America. Champion and last year’s Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint winner Judy the Beauty was among the entrants, eventually placing third.

The next stakes race on tap that I watched was the Grade 1 Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity for two-year-olds. It was won by Brody’s Cause and Corey Lanerie.

The Grade 1 Shadwell Turf Mile concluded the stakes races for the first Saturday of the fall meet.

Keeneland Fall Meet, Day 3

The Grade 3 Dixiana Bourbon

The Grade 1 Juddmonte Spinster