Keeneland boosted the purses of two Breeders’ Cup prep races that are part of its Oct. 7-9 FallStars Weekend, it announced Sept. 16.
Purses for the Woodford Stakes and Bourbon Stakes—both grade III races—will be increased to $150,000 from $100,000.
The Woodford Stakes, run on Saturday, Oct. 8, is for 3-year-olds and up going 5 1/2 furlongs over the turf. It serves as a prep race for the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IIT). In 2010, Chamberlain Bridge prepped in the Woodford Stakes before going on to win the Turf Sprint.
The Bourbon Stakes, which will be run on Sunday, Oct. 9, is for 2-year-olds going 1 1/16 miles over the turf. It serves as a prep for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. IT). Nownownow ran second to eventual champion Gio Ponti in the Bourbon Stakes in 2007 before winning the Juvenile Turf championship.
“Keeneland is committed to providing the highest purses possible, especially for our Breeders’ Cup prep races,” said vice president of racing Rogers Beasley. “These two races are emerging as top prep races so we’re glad to be able to augment them.”
Nominations for all of the FallStars stakes close on Sept. 28. Horseman may nominate their horses online or at Keeneland’s racing office.