OffTrackBetting.com - Autumn in the Bluegrass is highlighted by spectacular racing set against a landscape ablaze with color during Keeneland's Fall Meet, which commences Friday, Oct. 6, and runs through Saturday, Oct. 28. The excitement is building for Keeneland's opening Fall Stars Weekend, featuring key prep races for the Breeders' Cup World Championships, and the entire 17-day Fall Meet, which features 17 stakes worth $5.325 million accompanied by a full calendar of fan-favorite special events.
Keeneland's Fall Stars Weekend is Premier Stop on Road to Breeders' Cup
Three of the most exciting days in racing comprise the opening act of the Fall Meet: Fall Stars Weekend, which epitomizes the class and tradition of racing at Keeneland. The weekend features nine graded stakes, five of which are Grade 1, and stakes purse money totaling $3.75 million.
Keeneland is the final stop for many racing stars vying for a chance to compete in the Breeders' Cup on Nov. 3-4 at Del Mar. Eight Fall Stars stakes are Breeders' Cup Challenge races: the $400,000 Darley Alcibiades (G1) (which awards the winner a berth in the 14 Hands Winery Juvenile Fillies-G1) and $250,000 Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix (G2) (TwinSpires Sprint-G1) on Oct. 6; $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile (Mile-G1), $500,000 Claiborne Breeders' Futurity (G1) (Sentient Jet Juvenile-G1), $400,000 First Lady (Filly and Mare Turf-G1) and $250,000 Thoroughbred Club of America (G2) (Filly and Mare Sprint-G1) on Oct. 7; and $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster (G1) (Distaff-G1) and $250,000 Dixiana Bourbon (G3) (Juvenile Turf-G1) on Oct. 8.
Also highlighting Fall Stars Weekend is the $200,000 Woodford (G2) Presented by Keeneland Select on Oct. 7. The race was upgraded for 2017 and carries a purse increase of $50,000.Keeneland's ninth Breeders' Cup Challenge race is the $150,000 JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G3) on Wednesday, Oct. 11. The race awards the winner a spot in the starting gate for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1).
The Fall Meet's sixth Grade 1 race is the internationally prestigious Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Presented by Lane's End (G1) on Saturday, Oct. 14. Keeneland invites accomplished 3-year-old turf fillies to compete in the $500,000 race.
Keeneland To Offer Rolling Super High Five
When Keeneland's Fall Meet begins Friday, the Rolling Super High Five - which requires a player to pick the first five horses in order - will be available each race with a minimum of seven wagering interests, with carryover provisions to the next race. If a race has no winning tickets, the full amount carries to the next eligible race. If the final race of the day has no winning tickets, the full amount carries to the first eligible race on the next scheduled race date.
Keeneland probable starters for Fall Stars Weekend
$400,000 DARLEY ALCIBIADES (G1) (Entries taken Tuesday; race Friday) - Bet She Wins (Chris Block), Caroline the Great (Tracey Glover), Heavenly Love (Mark Casse), Kelly's Humor (Brad Cox), Over Thinking (Vicki Oliver), Pacific Gale (John Kimmel). Possible: Amy's Challenge (Mac Robertson), Maya Malibu (Graham Motion), Princess Warrior (Kenny McPeek) and Sassy Sienna (Cox).
$250,000 STOLL KEENON OGDEN PHOENIX (G2) (Entries taken Tuesday; race Friday) -- Aquamarine (D. Wayne Lukas), Awesome Banner (Kenneth Decker), Favorite Tale (Guadalupe Preciado), It's the Journey (Michael Trombetta), Limousine Liberal (Ben Colebrook), Loose On the Town (Brian Lynch), Richard the Great (Stanley Gold), Seventh Sense (TUR) (Murat Sancal), Threefiveindia (Chad Brown), Uncontested (Wayne Catalano) and Whitmore (Ron Moquett).
$1,000,000 SHADWELL TURF MILE (G1) (Entries taken Wednesday; race Saturday) - American Patriot (Todd Pletcher), Applicator (Mikhail Yanakov), Ballagh Rocks (Bill Mott), Blackjackcat (Mark Glatt), Christian C (Wayne Catalano), Dimension (GB) (Conor Murphy), Divisidero (Buff Bradley), Flatlined (Scooter Dickey), Heart to Heart (Brian Lynch), Lancaster Bomber (Aidan O'Brien), Le Ken (ARG) (Ignacio Correas IV), Mondialiste (IRE) (David O'Meara), Offering Plan (Chad Brown), Suedois (FR) (O'Meara), Time Test (GB) (Brown) and Tyler U (Troy Wismer).
$500,000 CLAIBORNE BREEDERS' FUTURITY (G1) (Entries taken Wednesday; race Saturday) - Bourbon Resolution (Ian Wilkes), Bravazo (D. Wayne Lukas), Crea's Bklyn Law (Michael Dilger), Free Drop Billy (Dale Romans), Givemeaminit (Dallas Stewart), Lone Rock (Will VanMeter), Lone Sailor (Tom Amoss), Ready Prospector (Oscar Modica), Ten City (Kenny McPeek) and The Tabulator (Larry Rivelli). Possible: Captivating Moon (Chris Block), Promises Fulfilled (Romans) and Rivington (Graham Motion).
$400,000 FIRST LADY (G1) (Entries taken Wednesday, race Saturday) - Delectation (GB) (Andreas Wohler), Dickinson (Kiaran McLaughlin), Dona Bruja (ARG) (Ignacio Correas IV), Hawksmoor (IRE) (Arnaud Delacour), Miss Temple City (Graham Motion), One Liz (Wayne Catalano), Rain Goddess (IRE) (Aidan O'Brien), Rhododendron (IRE) (O'Brien), Roca Rojo (IRE) (Chad Brown) and Zipessa (Mike Stidham). Possible: Beauly (GB) (Brendan Walsh).
$250,000 THOROUGHBRED CLUB OF AMERICA (G2) (Entries taken Wednesday; race Saturday) - Bendable (Richard Mandella), Finley'sluckycharm (Bret Calhoun), I'm a Looker (Brad Cox), Ivy Bell (William Denzik), Moiety (Eoin Harty) and Vertical Oak (Steve Asmussen). Possible: Chalon (Peter Miller) and True Romance (Tim Hills).
$200,000 WOODFORD PRESENTED BY KEENELAND SELECT (G2) (Entries taken Wednesday; race Saturday) - Big Rock (Christophe Clement), Commend (Bill Mott), Hogy (Mike Maker), Indy Hill (D. Wayne Lukas) and Mongolian Saturday (Enebish Ganbat).
$500,000 JUDDMONTE SPINSTER (G1) (Entries taken Thursday; race Sunday, Oct. 8) - Blue Prize (ARG), (Ignacio Correas IV), Martini Glass (Keith Nations), Mo d'Amour (Rodolphe Brisset), Romantic Vision (Rusty Arnold) and Tiger Moth (Brad Cox).
$250,000 DIXIANA BOURBON (G3) (Entries taken Thursday; race Sunday, Oct. 8) - Admiralty Pier (Barbara Minshall), Arawak (Wesley Ward), Budro Talking (Danny Pish), Diamond Oops (Patrick Biancone), Flameaway (Mark Casse), Fred'stwirlincandy (Lon Wiggins), High Providence (Jason Meaux), John Tippmann (Kenny McPeek), Machtree (Casse), Tap Daddy (Steve Asmussen), Tigers Rule (Vickie Foley), Trenton Traveler (Mary Lightner) and Wicked Trick (Ray Handal). Possible: The X (Ben Colebrook) and Way Early (George Weaver).