The 17-day Keeneland Fall Meet will feature 17 graded races, including six Grade I events, worth $5.325 million. The meet opens up with the track’s Fall Stars Weekend, Oct. 6-8, which will include nine graded races, eight of which are Breeders’ Cup Challenge ‘Win and You’re In’ races. For the first time this year, the $400,000 GI First Lady S. joins the challenge series and will offer the winner an automatic berth to the GI Breeders’ Cup F/M Turf.
Fall Weekend is anchored by the $1-million GI Shadwell Turf Mile, scheduled for Oct. 7. Other Grade I events on the weekend are the Oct. 6 $400,000 GI Darley Alcibiades S., Oct. 7 $500,000 GI Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (Oct. 7), and Oct. 8 $500,000 GI Juddmonte Spinster S.
“Keeneland is proud to once again offer an elite schedule of races that are key targets for the sport’s most accomplished horses and budding superstars,” Keeneland Vice President of Racing and Sales Bob Elliston said. “The level of competition between the nation’s leading owners, trainers and jockeys is unparalleled and is sure to thrill racing fans and handicappers alike.”
The GII Woodford S. has been upgraded for 2017 and will be worth $200,000 when it is run Oct. 7.
The Keeneland fall meet runs from Oct. 6-28.