Juddmonte Farms has assumed sponsorship of Keeneland's Spinster Stakes.The $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster, to be run Oct. 9, is a grade I event for fillies and mares 3 years old and up and one of the top stepping stones for the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) in October.
"Juddmonte Farms is delighted to sponsor a race with such rich tradition and historical significance," said Dr. John A. Chandler, president of Juddmonte Farms.
Among the horses that have won the Spinster in the past are Horse of the Year and three-time older female champion Azeri; Take Charge Lady and Bayakoa, who each won it twice; Keeper Hill, Banshee Breeze, Lamb Chop, Paseana, Susan's Girl, Numbered Account, Gallant Bloom, and Bowl of Flowers.
"Juddmonte is one of our industry's preeminent owners and breeders," said Keeneland's director of racing, Rogers Beasley. "Keeneland is very proud and honored that the farm has agreed to sponsor this historic race."
Owned by Prince Khalid Abdullah, Juddmonte comprises three farms in the United States and six in England and Ireland. Juddmonte has bred more than 60 group one winners, including Aptitude, Banks Hill, Danehill, Empire Maker and Sightseek.