Anne M. Eberhardt

Keeneland Finds Sponsor, Trims Stakes Purses

Keeneland has a new sponsor, smaller stakes purses this fall.

Keeneland has a new sponsor for the grade I Breeders’ Futurity, but the “economic climate” led the Kentucky racetrack to reduce fall stakes purses by $275,000, officials said July 9.

The $500,000 Futurity for 2-year-olds had been sponsored by Lane’s End Farm. This fall, it will be called the Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity. Mr. and Mrs. William Shively own Dixiana Farm.

Sixteen of the fall meets 19 stakes are graded, including the $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (gr. IT), an internationally renowned invitational for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/8 miles on the turf Oct. 17.

Total fall stakes purses were reduced as follows: grade II Thoroughbred Club of America (reduced by $50,000); grade III Woodford on the turf ($25,000) on the turf; grade III Bourbon on the turf ($75,000); grade III Perryville presented by Budweiser Select ($50,000); grade III Bryan Station on the turf ($25,000); grade III Sycamore on the turf ($25,000); and the Rood & Riddle Dowager on the turf ($25,000).