About Fall Stars
Keeneland’s 2015 Fall Meet opens October 2 with the start of Fall Stars Weekend, which features nine graded stakes worth $3.7 million over three days. Five Fall Stars stakes are Grade 1 events: the $400,000 Darley Alcibiades on October 2; the $1,000,000 Shadwell Turf Mile, $500,000 Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity, $400,000 First Lady on October 3; and the $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster on October 4.
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. 30 - Oct. 31 at Keeneland. 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 2; 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 3; and the Juddmonte Spinster (Breeders’ Cup Distaff-G1) and Dixiana Bourbon (G3) (Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf-G1) on October 4.
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. Three 2014 Breeders' Cup race winners ran their previous race during Keeneland's Fall Stars Weekend: Breeders' Cup Sprint (G1) winner Work All Week (Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix - G3), Filly & Mare Turf (G1) winner Dayatthespa (First Lady - G1) and Juvenile Fillies (G1) winner Take Charge Brandi (Darley Alcibiades - G1).