Keeneland Ups Purses for Three Fall Stakes

Keeneland Ups Purses for Three Fall Stakes
Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Keeneland announced July 25 a schedule of 17 stakessix of which are grade I eventsworth $4.625 million in purses for its 2013 fall race meet Oct. 4-26.

The meet, which opens with "Fall Stars Weekend," is among the richest in the country with purses averaging approximately $600,000 per day. It attracts the nation's leading owners, trainers, and jockeys and showcases many Breeders' Cup-bound horses.

Purses were increased in 2013 for two Fall Stars Weekend stakes. The purse for the opening-day Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix Stakes (gr. III), at six furlongs for 3-year-olds and up, has been raised from $175,000 to $200,000, and the purse for the Oct. 5 First Lady Stakes (gr. I), a one-mile turf race for fillies and mares 3-year-olds and up, has been increased to $400,000 from $350,000.

New this fall is Hagyard Equine Medical Institute's sponsorship of the closing-day Fayette Stakes (gr. II), a 1 1/8 mile race for 3-year-olds and up. The purse has been increased from $150,000 to $200,000.

"The fall meet is so special for our fans because they get to see horses who are campaigning for year-end honors; athletes that are truly at the top of their game," said Rogers Beasley, Keeneland's vice president of racing. "Both our stakes and overnight racing programs continue to thrive, and that is made possible by the great partnership we have with our horsemen and our fans."

Headlining Fall Stars Weekend are nine graded stakes worth $3.15 million. Five Fall Stars stakes are grade I events: 

„X the $400,000 Darley Alcibiades Stakes, for 2-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles (Oct. 4)
„X the $750,000 Shadwell Turf Mile, for 3-year-olds and up (Oct. 5)
„X the $400,000 Dixiana Breeders' Futurity Stakes, for 2-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles (Oct. 5)
„X the $400,000 First Lady Stakes, for fillies and mares 3-year-olds and up, at one mile on the turf (Oct. 5)
„X the $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster Stakes, for older fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles (Oct. 6)
 
A sixth grade I stakes, the $400,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup, an invitational for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/8 miles on the turf, will be contested Oct.12.
 
Eight Keeneland stakes are part of the Breeders' Cup Challenge series of automatic qualifying races for the Breeders' Cup World Championships to be held Nov. 1-2 at Santa Anita Park. Seven of those Breeders' Cup Challenge stakes highlight Fall Stars Weekend. Those races follow with their corresponding Breeders' Cup race.
 
Oct. 4: Darley Alcibiades Stakes–Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I)
 
Oct. 5: Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix Stakes (gr. III)–Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I)
Shadwell Turf Mile (gr. IT)–Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT)
Dixiana Breeders' Futurity Stakes (gr. I)–Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I)
Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes (gr. II)–Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (gr. I)
 
Oct. 6: Juddmonte Spinster Stakes (gr. I)–Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic (gr. I)
Bourbon Stakes (gr. IIIT)–Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf  (gr. IT)
 
Oct. 9: JPMorgan Chase Jessamine Stakes (gr. IIIT)–Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. IT)
 
Keeneland's fall stakes have been a springboard to success for a number of Breeders' Cup champions. Last fall, Keeneland-based Wise Dan romped to a 2 1/4-length win in the Shadwell Turf Mile as a prelude to victory in the Breeders' Cup Mile and eventual Horse of the Year honors.
 
The Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes has produced the past four winners of the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint: champion Informed Decision (2009), Dubai Majesty (2010), champion Musical Romance (2011), and champion Groupie Doll (2012). 
  

Keeneland Fall Stakes Schedule

Date      

Stakes            

Division

Distance

Oct. 4

Darley Alcibiades (gr. I)*

2YO fillies

1 1/16 miles

Oct. 4

Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix (gr. III)*

3YOs & up

6 furlongs

Oct. 5

Shadwell Turf Mile (gr. I)*

3YOs & up

1 mile

Oct. 5

Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity (gr. I)*

2YOs

1 1/16 miles

Oct. 5

First Lady (gr. I)

3YOs & up, fillies & mares

1 mile

Oct. 5

Thoroughbred Club of America (gr. II)*

3YOs & up, fillies & mares

6 furlongs

Oct. 5

Woodford (gr. III) Pres. by Keeneland Select

3YOs & up

5 ½ furlongs

Oct. 6

Juddmonte Spinster (gr. I)*

3YOs & up, fillies & mares

1 1/8 miles

Oct. 6

Bourbon (gr. IIIT)*

2YOs

1 1/16 miles

Oct. 9

JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (gr. IIIT)*

2YO fillies

1 1/16 miles

Oct. 11

Buffalo Trace Franklin County (L)

3YOs & up, fillies & mares

5 ½ furlongs

Oct. 12

Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (gr. I)

3YO fillies

1 1/8 miles

Oct. 17

Sycamore (gr. III)

3YOs & up

1 ½ miles

Oct. 18

Pin Oak Valley View (gr. III)

3YO fillies

1 1/16 miles

Oct. 19

Lexus Raven Run (gr. II)

3YO fillies

7 furlongs

Oct. 20

Rood & Riddle Dowager (LT)

3YOs & up, fillies & mares

1 ½ miles

Oct. 26

Hagyard Fayette (gr. II)

3YOs & up

1 1/8 miles

 

*Denotes Breeders’ Cup Challenge stakes

 

 

 

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