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Pletcher-trained Heavenly View runs down Believe in Bertie to capture Diamond A Purse at Keeneland


Siena Farm’s homebred Heavenly View collared longtime leader Believe in Bertie in deep stretch to win Sunday’s $59,060 Diamond A Purse for 3-year-old fillies by a head before a crowd of 11,323.

Trained by Todd Pletcher and ridden by John Velazquez, Heavenly View covered the 1 1/16 miles on a firm turf course in 1:44.15.

Heavenly View is a Kentucky-bred daughter of Congrats out of the Tabasco Cat mare Heavenly Cat. Now 2-for-2 on the turf, Heavenly View improved her record to 4-2-1-0 and increased her earnings to $69,600 with Sunday’s $37,200 check.

Keeneland posted an all-time single-day handle record of $21,736,983 on Toyota Blue Grass Day, April 9. All-sources wagering included $20,805,455 handled on Keeneland’s 11 live races; $423,679 wagered on the Big Apple/Bluegrass Pick 4; and on-track simulcast handle of $507,849 (Keeneland Photo)

Keeneland posted an all-time single-day handle record of $21,736,983 on Toyota Blue Grass Day, April 9. All-sources wagering included $20,805,455 handled on Keeneland’s 11 live races; $423,679 wagered on the Big Apple/Bluegrass Pick 4; and on-track simulcast handle of $507,849 (Keeneland Photo)

Favored in the field of 12, Heavenly View returned $6.80, $4.80 and $3.40. Believe in Bertie, ridden by Shaun Bridgmohan, returned $8.80 and $5.40 with Lope finishing another two lengths back under Brian Hernandez Jr. and returning $8 to show.

Racing resumes Wednesday with an eight-race program that begins at 1:05 p.m.

On Wednesday, Keeneland will offer a Super High 5 carryover of $70,188.

Keeneland sets record handle on Toyota Blue Grass Day

Keeneland posted an all-time single-day handle record of $21,736,983 on Toyota Blue Grass Day, April 9.

All-sources wagering included $20,805,455 handled on Keeneland’s 11 live races; $423,679 wagered on the Big Apple/Bluegrass Pick 4; and on-track simulcast handle of $507,849.

The record bested the previous record of $21,647,378 set on Toyota Blue Grass Day, April 14, 2012.

From Keeneland Communications


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