Keeneland announced July 16 it is increasing the purse for the Shadwell Turf Mile (gr. IT) to $750,000, making it the co-richest race run at the Lexington track this year.
Keeneland has slated 18 stakes--led by five grade I races on opening FallStars Weekend--with purse money totaling $4.375 million for its 2011 fall meeting.
Good weather, competitive racing boost attendance and handle at Keeneland fall meet.
Two champions -- Gio Ponti and Informed Decision -- are among the horses scheduled to run at Keeneland this weekend as part of the Lexington track's "FallStars Weekend."
Citing the challenging economic climate, Keeneland director of racing Rogers Beasley said the Lexington racetrack has cut purses for the fall meet by more than $1 million.
Keeneland will begin its Oct. 9 opening-day racing program one hour later to accommodate special events.
Keeneland, whose fall meet begins Oct. 3, is launching a "PolyCapping" online database to provide more information for handicappers.
TVG will provide extensive live television coverage of Keeneland's fall race meeting, including live trackside broadcasts every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday during the first three weekends of the 17-day meet.
Keeneland has scheduled the richest stakes program in its history, featuring five grade I stakes and a record $5.3 million in total stakes purses for its 2007 fall race meeting, held Oct. 5-27. The grade I Darley Alcibiades, Shadwell Turf Mile, Lane's End Breeders' Futurity, and Juddmonte Spinster highlight the meet.
Keeneland will celebrate two milestones when the historic racetrack opens its fall meeting Oct. 6. In addition to the completion of its extensive track renovation, highlighted by the new Polytrack synthetic surface, Keeneland will celebrate the 70th anniversary of its inaugural race meet in 1936.
The opening weekend of Keeneland's fall meet, dubbed the "Fallstars Weekend" by the Lexington, Ky. track, posted huge gains in attendance and handle over the corresponding weekend last year.
Keeneland's fall meet kicks off Friday with its now familiar Fallstars Weekend and with three weeks to the World Thoroughbred Championships, Breeders' Cup implications certainly abound at the Lexington track. Fallstars Weekend features three action-packed days of racing with eight graded stakes and more than $3.4 million in stakes purses.
Touch of the Blues, the venerable 6-year-old horse trained by Neil Drysdale, headlines Saturday's Shadwell Turf Mile (gr. IT) at Keeneland. Saturday marks day two of the meets Fallstars Weekend with a host of races with World Thoroughbred Championships implications.
Beau's Town, a winner of four of five starts this year, is the one to beat in the $250,000 Phoenix Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. III) as Keeneland opens its fall meet Friday.
The first two major stakes of Keeneland's FallStars Weekend: the $500,000 WinStar Galaxy Stakes (gr. IIT) for fillies and mares on the turf, and the $400,000 Walmac International Alcibiades Stakes (gr. II) drew full fields as the Central Kentucky track kicks off its fall meeting Friday.
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