More Than $5.5 Million In Purses, New BC Challenge Race For Keeneland’s Fall Meet

Keeneland will award $5.575 million in stakes purses for its 17-day Fall Meet to be held Oct. 5-27 to mark a record for a season without the Breeders’ Cup World Championships while offering Shadwell Farm‘s 20th year of sponsorship of the $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile (G1); the addition of the $200,000 Indian Summer as the season’s 10th Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win and You’re In” race and 18th stakes overall; and the upgrade and purse increase to $200,000 for the JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G2).

As one of the richest and most prestigious race meets of the year in North American Thoroughbred racing, Keeneland’s Fall Meet attracts outstanding horses representing leading owners and trainers and the sport’s top jockeys for its racing program, led by six Grade 1 races, six Grade 2 races and five Grade 3 races. The Fall Meet will showcase many top contenders aiming for the Breeders’ Cup at Churchill Downs during its signature Fall Stars Weekend on the opening three days of the season, Oct. 5-7.

“Year after year, Keeneland’s Fall Meet grows in stature, thanks to its lucrative purses and major stakes,” Keeneland Vice President of Racing and Sales Bob Elliston said. “The season is a key launching pad for the Breeders’ Cup, and we are pleased to introduce the Indian Summer as a 10th Breeders’ Cup Challenge race to further enhance our spectacular Fall Stars Weekend.”

Fall Stars Weekend features 10 stakes worth a total of $3.95 million and is anchored by the Shadwell Turf Mile, a 1-mile turf stakes that Shadwell Farm has sponsored since the 1999 Fall Meet. Nine Fall Stars stakes are Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win and You’re In” races, which award the winners automatic berths in the Nov. 2-3 Breeders’ Cup.

The newest Win and You’re In race is the Indian Summer, a 5½-furlong race on the turf for 2-year-olds worth $200,000. The stakes, which Keeneland held from 1991-1996 and 1998-2001 under different conditions, awards the winner an automatic berth in the inaugural Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint on Nov. 2.

Keeneland’s Win and You’re In races during Fall Stars Weekend are the $400,000 Darley Alcibiades (G1) (Juvenile Fillies-G1) and $250,000 Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix (G2) (TwinSpires Sprint-G1) on Friday, Oct. 5; $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) (Mile-G1), $500,000 Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (G1) (Sentient Jet Juvenile-G1), $400,000 First Lady (G1) (Filly and Mare Turf-G1) and $250,000 Thoroughbred Club of America (G2) (Filly and Mare Sprint-G1) on Saturday, Oct. 6; and $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster (G1) (Distaff-G1), $250,000 Dixiana Bourbon (G3) (Juvenile Turf-G1) and $200,000 Indian Summer (Juvenile Turf Sprint) on Sunday, Oct. 7.

The other graded stakes during Fall Stars Weekend, also being run Saturday, Oct. 6, is the $200,000 Woodford (G2) Presented by Keeneland Select.

Keeneland’s 10th Breeders’ Cup Challenge race, set for Wednesday, Oct. 10, is the $200,000 JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G2), whose purse was increased $50,000 with the upgrade from a Grade 3 event in 2017. The JPMorgan Chase Jessamine awards the winner a spot in the starting gate for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1).

The Fall Meet’s sixth Grade 1 stakes, scheduled for Oct. 13, the second Saturday of the season, is the internationally prestigious $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Presented by Lane’s End. The invitational is for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/8 miles on the turf.

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NBC will cover four of Keeneland’s Breeders’ Cup Challenge races on opening weekend of the Fall Meet as part of its “Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series: Win and You’re In, presented by America’s Best Racing.”

On Saturday, Oct. 6, from 4:30-6 p.m. ET, the $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) and $500,000 Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (G1) will air.

On Sunday, Oct. 7, NBC will broadcast the $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster (G1) and $250,000 Dixiana Bourbon (G3) from 4:30-6 p.m.

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Since the inaugural Breeders’ Cup World Championships in 1984, the winners of 47 Breeders’ Cup races made their final start before the event during Keeneland’s Fall Meet. Last year, Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) winner Rushing Fall won the JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G3) and Filly and Mare Sprint (G1) winner Bar of Gold was sixth in the Juddmonte Spinster (G1). Additionally, Filly and Mare Turf (G1) winner Wuheida (GB) trained at Keeneland during the Fall Meet.

Keeneland 2018 Fall Stakes Schedule: Oct. 5-27

Date Stakes Division Distance
Oct. 5 $400,000 Darley Alcibiades (G1)* 2YO Fillies 1 1/16 Miles
Oct. 5 $250,000 Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix (G2)* 3YOs & Up 6 Furlongs
Oct. 6 $1 Million Shadwell Turf Mile (G1)* 3YOs & Up 1 Mile (T)
Oct. 6 $500,000 Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (G1)*  2YOs 1 1/16 Miles
Oct. 6 $400,000 First Lady (G1)* 3YOs & Up, F&M 1 Mile (T)
Oct. 6 $250,000 Thoroughbred Club of America (G2)* 3YOs & Up, F&M 6 Furlongs
Oct. 6 $200,000 Woodford (G2) Presented
by Keeneland Select
3YOs & Up 5½ Furlongs (T)
Oct. 7 $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster (G1)* 3YOs & Up, F&M 1 1/8 Miles
Oct. 7 $250,000 Dixiana Bourbon (G3)* 2YOs 1 1/16 Miles (T)
Oct. 7 $200,000 Indian Summer* 2YOs 5½ Furlongs (T)
Oct. 10 $200,000 JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G2)* 2YO Fillies 1 1/16 Miles (T)
Oct. 12 $100,000 Buffalo Trace Franklin County (G3) 3YOs & Up, F&M 5½ Furlongs (T)
Oct. 13 $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1) Presented by Lane’s End 3YO Fillies 1 1/8 Miles (T)
Oct. 18 $100,000 Sycamore (G3) 3YOs & Up 1½ Miles (T)
Oct. 19 $150,000 Pin Oak Valley View (G3) 3YO Fillies 1 1/16 Miles (T)
Oct. 20 $250,000 Lexus Raven Run (G2) 3YO Fillies 7 Furlongs
Oct. 21 $125,000 Rood & Riddle Dowager (G3) 3YOs & Up, F&M 1½ Miles (T)
Oct. 27 $200,000 Hagyard Fayette (G2) 3YO & Up 1 1/8 Miles


*Breeders’ Cup Challenge stakes

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