Keeneland has unveiled a record $5.575-million stakes schedule for its upcoming 17-day Fall Meet, which will be held Oct. 5-27.
“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.”
The $200,000 Indian Summer S.-which offers an automatic berth into the inaugural Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint–will be held Oct. 7. Also on that card will be the $500,000 GI Juddmonte Spinster S. and GIII Dixiana Bourbon S.
That card will be the final day of the Fall Stars Weekend, which features 10 stakes worth a total of $3.95 million. The weekend is anchored by the $1-million GI Shadwell Turf Mile, which Shadwell Farm has sponsored since the 1999 Fall Meet. Nine Fall Stars stakes are Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win and You’re In” races: GI Darley Alcibiades and GII Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix (G2) Oct. 5; Shadwell Turf Mile; GI Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity; GI First Lady S. and GII Thoroughbred Club of America Oct. 6; and Juddmonte Spinster, Dixiana Bourbon and Indian Summer Oct. 7.
The GII JPMorgan Chase Jessamine S., also a “Win and You’re In” event, will be held Oct. 10.