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Keeneland Press Release
Updated: March 24, 2024

100th Bluegrass Stakes Highlights Keeneland Meet | Apr 5 - 26

Dec 18 - Keeneland Race Course will award a season record $8.1 million for 19 stakes and celebrate the 100th running of the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G1) during its 2024 Spring Meet, which will cover 16 days from April 5-26. Other Grade 1 races during the meet - an early season showcase of talented Thoroughbreds representing leading owners, trainers and jockeys - are the Central Bank Ashland, the Madison, the Maker's Mark Mile and the Jenny Wiley - each worth $600,000 apiece.

Contributing to the Spring Meet stakes purses is a total of $1.5 million available from the Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund (KTDF), pending approval from the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.

"Lucrative purses and outstanding competition make Keeneland's Spring Meet a highlight of the racing calendar for horsemen, horseplayers and fans during the first half of the year," Keeneland Vice President of Racing Gatewood Bell said. "We look forward to hosting the country's best horses and their connections here in April."

Toyota Blue Grass Milestone

The Toyota Blue Grass, an iconic springtime fixture for 3-year-olds, has been held at Keeneland since the track's first Spring Meet in April 1937. Scheduled on the first Saturday of the season, the 1 1/8-mile race was inaugurated in 1911 at the Kentucky Association track located near downtown Lexington and was run there through 1914 and again from 1919 to 1926.

Following the closure of the Kentucky Association track, the Blue Grass was continued at Keeneland and has been won by such Racing Hall of Famers as Bimelech (1940), Coaltown (1948), Round Table (1957), Northern Dancer (1964), Arts and Letters (1969), Riva Ridge (1972), Alydar (1978), Spectacular Bid (1979), Holy Bull (1994) and Skip Away (1996).

Toyota began to sponsor the Blue Grass in 1996. The purse of the race was $1 million in 2015-2019 and returned to seven figures in 2022.

Central Bank Ashland opens season

The first day of the Spring Meet features three stakes for 3-year-olds anchored by the 86th running of the Central Bank Ashland Stakes, an early season objective for top sophomore fillies at 1 1/16 miles. The day features two other stakes each worth $400,000: the Transylvania (G3), at 1 1/16 miles on the turf, and the Lafayette, a 7-furlong dirt race.

This marks the 20th running of a Keeneland stakes sponsored by Central Bank, which sponsored the Transylvania from 2005-2009 and began sponsoring the Ashland in 2010.

Horse Racing Rebates

The Toyota Blue Grass leads five stakes on the first Saturday of the season. Also on the card are the $600,000 Madison (G1), for fillies and mares at 7 furlongs on the dirt; the $400,000 Appalachian (G2) Presented by Japan Racing Association, for 3-year-old fillies at 1 mile on the grass; the $350,000 Shakertown (G2), for 3-year-olds and up at 5½ furlongs on the turf; and the $300,000 Commonwealth (G3), for older horses at 7 furlongs on the dirt.

In addition to being signature Spring Meet stakes, the Toyota Blue Grass and the Central Bank Ashland are prominent on the national racing calendar. Both stakes are worth 100 points on the Road to the Kentucky Derby and Road to the Kentucky Oaks, respectively, with the winners of each stakes earning 50 qualifying points to the respective classic.

The early nomination deadline for the two races is Feb. 17. Late nominations are due March 20.

Giant's Causeway upgraded for 2024

Stakes action for 3-year-olds will continue Sunday of opening weekend with the $400,000 Beaumont (G2) Presented by Keeneland Select, at 7 furlongs, 184 feet, on the dirt for fillies, and the $250,000 Palisades, at 5½ furlongs on the grass.

On Friday, April 12, Keeneland will run two turf stakes: the $600,000 Maker's Mark Mile (G1), for 4-year-olds and up at 1 mile, and the $250,000 FanDuel Limestone, for 3-year-old fillies going 5½ furlongs.

Three stakes the following day are the $600,000 Jenny Wiley (G1), a 1 1/16-mile turf race for fillies and mares; the $400,000 Stonestreet Lexington Stakes (G3), for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles; and the $300,000 Giant's Causeway (G3), a 5½-furlong turf race for fillies and mares.

For 2024, the Giant's Causeway was upgraded to a Grade 3 event after being a listed stakes since 2006. Keeneland also increased the purse of the race by $50,000.

The Stonestreet Lexington, which is the final prep on this year's Road to the Kentucky Derby, will award 20 Derby qualifying points. Of those, 10 points will go to the winner.

On the final days of the Spring Meet, Keeneland will run four graded stakes for older horses. The $300,000 Baird Doubledogdare (G3), for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles on the dirt, will be held Friday, April 19. Two stakes on Saturday, April 20 are the $350,000 Elkhorn (G2), at 1½ miles on the turf, and the $300,000 Ben Ali (G3), at 1 3/16 miles on the dirt.

Keeneland will bridge the gap between racing and auctions on closing day, Friday, April 26. The race card will feature the $300,000 Bewitch (G3), for fillies and mares at 1½ miles on the turf.

2024 Keeneland OTB Betting Schedule

Date Horse Race Grade Purse Age/Sex Distance
Apr 5 Ashland Stakes I $600,000 3yo f 8.5f Dirt
Apr 5 Lafayette Stakes   $400,000 3yo 7f Dirt
Apr 5 Transylvania Stakes III $400,000 3yo 8.5f Turf
Apr 6 Appalachian Stakes II $400,000 3yo f 8f Turf
Apr 6 Commonwealth Stakes III $300,000 4&up 7f Dirt
Apr 6 Madison Stakes I $600,000 4&up f/m 7f Dirt
Apr 6 Shakertown Stakes II $350,000 3&up 5.5f Turf
Apr 6 Blue Grass Stakes I $1,000,000 3yo 9f Dirt
Apr 7 Beaumont II $400,000 3yo f abt 7f Dirt
Apr 7 Palisades Stakes   $250,000 3yo 5.5f Turf
Apr 12 Limestone Stakes   $250,000 3yo f 5.5f Turf
Apr 12 Maker's Mark Mile I $600,000 4&up 8f Turf
Apr 13 Giant's Causeway Stakes III $300,000 3&up f/m 5.5f Turf
Apr 13 Jenny Wiley Stakes I $600,000 4&up f/m 8.5f Turf
Apr 13 Stonestreet Lexington Stakes III $400,000 3yo 8.5f Dirt
Apr 19 Baird Doubledogdare Stakes III $300,000 4&up f/m 8.5f Dirt
Apr 20 Ben Ali Stakes III $300,000 4&up 9.5f Dirt
Apr 20 Elkhorn Stakes II $350,000 4&up 12f Turf
Apr 26 Bewitch Stakes III $300,000 4&up f/m 12f Turf - US Legal Keeneland OTB is a great way to bet horse racing at Keeneland Racecourse in Kentucky. Available to customers across the United States, OTB features both Thoroughbred and Standardbred racing from major racing venues in the US as well as top international racing from Europe, Japan, Australia and Hong Kong.

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