About Fall Stars
Keeneland’s 2014 Fall Meet opens October 3 with the start of Fall Stars Weekend, which features nine graded stakes worth $3.35 million over three days. Five Fall Stars stakes are Grade 1 events: the $400,000 Darley Alcibiades on October 3; the $1,000,000 Shadwell Turf Mile, $500,000 Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity, $400,000 First Lady on October 4; and the $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster on October 5.
Breeders' Cup Connection
Seven stakes during Fall Stars Weekend are part of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge, which awards the winning horse a spot in the starting gate for the corresponding race during the Breeders Cup World Championships on Oct. 31 - Nov. 1 at Santa Anita. The races are the Darley Alcibiades, which sends the winner to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) and Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix (Xpressbet Breeders’ Cup Sprint-G1) on October 3; Shadwell Turf Mile (Breeders’ Cup Mile-G1), Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (Breeders’ Cup Juvenile-G1) and Thoroughbred Club of America (G2) (Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint-G1) on October 4; and the Juddmonte Spinster (Breeders’ Cup Distaff-G1) and Dixiana Bourbon (G3) (Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf-G1) on October 5.
Keeneland’s fall stakes have been a springboard to success for a number of Breeders’ Cup winners. In the fall of 2012, 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 Horse of the Year honors. The past four consecutive winners of the Thoroughbred Club of America went on to win the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1). The latest was the eventual 2012 champion female sprinter, Groupie Doll.