Headlining Fall Stars Weekend, October 4-6, are nine graded stakes worth $3.15 million. Five Fall Stars stakes are Grade 1 events – the $400,000 Darley Alcibiades, for 2-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles, on October 4; the $750,000 Shadwell Turf Mile, for 3-year-olds and up, the $400,000 Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity, for 2-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles, and the aforementioned First Lady, all held October 5; and the $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster, for older fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles on October 6.
Keeneland’s fall stakes have been a springboard to success for a number of Breeders’ Cup champions. Last fall, Keeneland-based Wise Dan romped to a 2¼-length win in the Shadwell Turf Mile as a prelude to victory in the Breeders’ Cup Mile and eventual Horse of the Year honors.
Seven Breeders’ Cup Challenge stakes highlight Fall Stars Weekend: the Darley Alcibiades (a Challenge race for the Juvenile Fillies-G1) and Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix (Sprint-G1) on October 4; the Shadwell Turf Mile (Mile-G1), Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity (Juvenile-G1) and Thoroughbred Club of America-G2 (Filly & Mare Sprint-G1) on October 5; and the Juddmonte Spinster (Ladies’ Classic-G1) and Bourbon-G3 on October 6.