Keeneland to offer 18 stakes races in Fall Meet

Keeneland to offer 18 stakes races in Fall Meet
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Keeneland will present 18 stakes worth a total of $4,775,000 during its 2020 Fall Meet, to be held Oct. 2-24 ahead of the 37th Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Keeneland on Nov. 6-7.

The Lexington, Ky., track's Fall Stars Weekend opens the 17-day season, which also features the repositioning of the Grade 2 Fayette to join the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1) on the second Saturday of the meet and serve as a prep for the Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 7.

“The Keeneland fall racing season is highly anticipated by horsemen and fans alike, but this one is even more exciting as it serves as a prelude for the Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland,” Keeneland Vice President of Racing Bob Elliston said. “We expect to welcome many Breeders’ Cup-bound stars, both human and equine, that will boost the racing competition and the handicapping fun during the Fall Meet and build momentum leading into the World Championships.”

Keeneland will host the Breeders’ Cup for the second time following its successful debut at the track in 2015.

Nine Fall Stars Weekend stakes are “Win and You’re In” events, part of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series, which awards each winner an automatic and free entry into the World Championships:

Friday, Oct. 2:

• $350,000 Alcibiades (G1) (Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies-G1)

• $200,000 Phoenix (G2) (Sprint-G1)

Saturday, Oct. 3:

• $750,000 Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) (Mile-G1)

• $400,000 Breeders’ Futurity (G1) (Juvenile-G1)

• $350,000 First Lady (G1) (Filly and Mare Turf-G1)

• $200,000 Thoroughbred Club of America (G2) (Filly and Mare Sprint-G1)

Sunday, Oct. 4:

• $400,000 Spinster (G1) (Distaff-G1),

• $200,000 Bourbon (G2) (Juvenile Turf G1)

• $150,000 Indian Summer (L) (Juvenile Turf Sprint-G2)

The other graded stakes during Fall Stars Weekend, also being run Saturday, Oct. 3, is the $150,000 Woodford (G2).

Last year, Fall Stars Weekend produced three Breeders’ Cup winners. Alcibiades winner British Idiom won the Juvenile Fillies; Spinster winner Blue Prize took the Distaff and First Lady winner Uni captured the Mile. British Idiom and Uni both were division champions.

Keeneland’s 10th Breeders’ Cup Challenge race, set for Wednesday, Oct. 7, is the $150,000 JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G2). The winner earns a spot in the starting gate for the Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1).

The Fall Meet’s sixth Grade 1 stakes, the $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup, an invitational turf race for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/8 miles, will be held Saturday, Oct. 10.

Keeneland 2020 Fall Meet Stakes Schedule: Oct. 2-24

Date

Stakes

Division

Distance

Oct. 2

$350,000 Alcibiades (G1)*

2YO Fillies

1 1/16 Miles

Oct. 2

$200,000 Phoenix (G2)* 

3YOs & Up

6 Furlongs

Oct. 3

$750,000 Turf Mile (G1)*

3YOs & Up

1 Mile (T)

Oct. 3

$400,000 Breeders’ Futurity (G1)* 

2YOs

1 1/16 Miles

Oct. 3

$350,000 First Lady (G1)*

3YOs & Up, F&M

1 Mile (T)

Oct. 3

$200,000 Thoroughbred Club of America (G2)*

3YOs & Up, F&M

6 Furlongs

Oct. 3

$150,000 Woodford (G2) 

3YOs & Up

5½ Furlongs (T)

Oct. 4

$400,000 Spinster (G1)*

3YOs & Up, F&M

1 1/8 Miles

Oct. 4

$200,000 Bourbon (G2)*

2YOs

1 1/16 Miles (T)

Oct. 4

$150,000 Indian Summer (L)*

2YOs

5½ Furlongs (T)

Oct. 7

$150,000 Jessamine (G2)*

2YO Fillies

1 1/16 Miles (T)

Oct. 9

$150,000 Franklin County (G3)

3YOs & Up, F&M

5½ Furlongs (T)

Oct. 10

$500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1)

3YO Fillies

1 1/8 Miles (T)

Oct. 10

$200,000 Hagyard Fayette (G2)

3YO & Up

1 1/8 Miles

Oct. 15

$150,000 Sycamore (G3)

3YOs & Up

1½ Miles (T)

Oct. 16

$150,000 Valley View (G3)

3YO Fillies

1 1/16 Miles (T)

Oct. 17

$200,000 Raven Run (G2)

3YO Fillies

7 Furlongs

Oct. 18

$125,000 Dowager (G3)

3YOs & Up, F&M

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