Spendthrift Farm owner B. Wayne Hughes

Spendthrift Farm owner B. Wayne Hughes

Anne M. Eberhardt

Churchill, Spendthrift Team Up for Stakes

Purse of $300,000 will be split between owners and breeders.

Spendthrift Farm has partnered with Churchill Downs to create the Spendthrift Stallion Stakes, a new $300,000 race to be run this fall for 2-year-olds that are sired by Spendthrift stallions.

The Spendthrift Stallion Stakes is scheduled for Oct. 30 and the lucrative new stakes race will be contested at seven furlongs on dirt.

The purse has been structured with a unique approach to award $150,000 to the owners of the placed horses, with the other $150,000 allocated to the breeders of the top four finishers. The winning breeder will earn $60,000, $40,000 will go to the breeder of the runner-up, $30,000 for third, and $20,000 for fourth.

"We couldn't be happier to be teaming with Churchill Downs to showcase the great product that our breeders are putting out. You don't have to look any further than last weekend for grade I 2-year-olds like Practical Joke and Straight Fire as prime examples of that," said Ned Toffey, Spendthrift general manager. "We're hopeful the timing of the Spendthrift Stallion Stakes will make it an important springboard to such Kentucky Derby preps as the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (gr. II), as well as the Derby itself the following spring at Churchill. It's another way we can give back to our patrons and help promote our great industry for years to come."

Two-year-olds eligible for the Spendthrift Stallion Stakes will be those sired by any active or non-active Spendthrift stallion, including all Spendthrift-owned stallions standing regionally in North America.

"We're so grateful that B. Wayne Hughes approached Churchill Downs with this unique idea and pleased to team with Spendthrift Farm to present this exciting new racing opportunity for owners and breeders on opening day of our fall meet," said Kevin Flanery, president of Churchill Downs.

Nominations to the Spendthrift Stallion Stakes are free and due to the Churchill Downs racing office by Oct. 15. There will be no late nominations or supplementary entries. It will cost owners $500 to enter the race Oct. 25 and another $500 to start. The race will be limited to 14 starters, with preference given to stakes winners, allowance race winners, maiden allowance winners, and then horses that have not started for less than $50,000. Colts and geldings will carry 123 pounds, while fillies will carry 120. Non-stakes winners will be given a three-pound weight break, while maidens will be granted a five-pound allowance.