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Keeneland announces increase in purses for Fall Meet

The horses broke from the gate at the start of the Coolmore Lexington Stakes on Saturday at Keeneland. Photo by Mark Cornelison | Staff
The horses broke from the gate at the start of the Coolmore Lexington Stakes on Saturday at Keeneland. Photo by Mark Cornelison | Staff Herald-Leader

The 2013 Keeneland Fall Meet will include 17 stakes worth $4.625 million in purses, the track announced Thursday.

The Fall Meet, which will include six Grade I races, will be in session Oct. 4-26.

The meet boasts average daily purses of approximately $600,000, making it one of the richest in the nation. It annually attracts the country's leading owners, trainers and jockeys and showcases many Breeders' Cup-bound horses.

The highlight of the meet is Fall Stars Weekend, Oct. 4-6, which includes five of the meet's six Grade I races — Darley Alcibiades, Shadwell Turf Mile, Dixiana Breeders' Futurity, First Lady and Juddmonte Spinster.

Prize money has been increased in 2013 for three Fall Meet races.

The opening-day Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix has been raised from $175,000 to $200,000. The First Lady goes from $350,000 to $400,000. Also, the closing day Fayette Stakes picked up a new sponsor in Hagyard Equine Medical Institute and increased its purse from $150,000 to $200,000.

"The fall meet is so special for our fans because they get to see horses who are campaigning for year-end honors; athletes that are truly at the top of their game," said Rogers Beasley, Keeneland's vice president of racing. "Both our stakes and overnight racing programs continue to thrive, and that is made possible by the great partnership we have with our horsemen and our fans."

Eight Keeneland stakes are part of the Breeders' Cup Challenge series of automatic qualifying races for the Breeders' Cup World Championships to be held Nov. 1-2 at Santa Anita Park.


Fall Stakes schedule

Oct. 4 — $400,000, Grade I, Darley Alcibiades for 2-year-old fillies. 11⁄16 miles. (Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies qualifying race)

Oct. 4 — $200,000, Grade III, Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix for 3-year-olds and up. 6 furlongs. (BC Sprint qualifier)

Oct. 5 — $750,000, Grade I, Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) for 3-year-olds and up. 1 mile (turf). (BC Mile qualifier)

Oct. 5 — $400,000, Grade I, Dixiana Breeders' Futurity for 2-year-olds. 11⁄16 miles. (BC Juvenile qualifier)

Oct. 5 — $400,000, Grade I, First Lady for fillies and mares 3 and up. 1 mile (turf).

Oct. 5 — $200,000, Grade II, Thoroughbred Club of America for fillies and mares 3 and up. 6 furlongs. (BC Filly & Mare Sprint qualifier)

Oct. 5 — $150,000, Grade III, Woodford Presented by Keeneland Select for 3-year-olds and up. 5½ furlongs (turf).

Oct. 6 — $500,000, Grade I, Juddmonte Spinster for fillies and mares 3 and up. 11⁄8 miles. (BC Ladies Classic qualifier)

Oct. 6 — $150,000, Grade III, Bourbon for 2-year-olds. 11⁄16 miles (turf). (BC Juvenile Turf qualifier)

Oct. 9 — $150,000, Grade III, JP Morgan Chase Jessamine for 2-year-old fillies. 11⁄16 miles (turf). (BC Juvenile Fillies Turf qualifier)

Oct. 11 — $100,000 Buffalo Trace Franklin County for fillies and mares 3 and up. 5½ furlongs (turf).

Oct. 12 — $400,000, Grade I, Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup for 3-year-old fillies. 11⁄8 miles (turf).

Oct. 17 — $100,000, Grade III, Sycamore for 3-year-olds and up. 1½ miles (turf).

Oct. 18 — $150,000, Grade III, Pin Oak Valley View for 3-year-old fillies. 11⁄16 miles (turf).

Oct. 19 — $250,000, Grade II, Lexus Raven Run for 3-year-old fillies. 7 furlongs.

Oct. 20 — $125,000 Rood & Riddle Dowager for fillies and mares 3 and up. 1½ miles (turf).

Oct. 26 — $200,000, Grade II, Hagyard Fayette for 3-year-olds and up. 11⁄8 miles.

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