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Keeneland announces slight cut in spring purses

J. B.'s Thunder and jockey Shaun Bridgmohan win the Grade I Dixiana Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010.
J. B.'s Thunder and jockey Shaun Bridgmohan win the Grade I Dixiana Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010.

Keeneland announced Thursday that horses will race for $3.425 million in purses at the April race meet, which kicks off the track's 75th anniversary celebration. The amount is $225,000 less than purses offered at the spring 2010 meet, the fifth cut to purses in a row.

The Coolmore Lexington Stakes, a Kentucky Derby prep race, will drop from $300,000 to $200,000, the most significant cut. The race also dropped from Grade II to Grade III status.

Despite the cutbacks, the track will offer average daily purses of more than $600,000, according to the news release.

The meet will feature 16 stakes races, 15 of which are graded. The top draws — the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass and the $400,000 Central Bank Ashland — remain unchanged.

The Toyota Blue Grass, a top Kentucky Derby prep, will be on April 16; the Central Bank Ashland, a springboard to the Kentucky Oaks, will be on April 9.

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