Keeneland Schedules 16 Stakes Worth $4.325 Million for 2017 Spring Meet

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LEXINGTON, KY (Jan. 19, 2017) – Keeneland today announced a $4.325 million stakes schedule for its 2017 Spring Meet that offers 16 stakes, featuring the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G2) and $500,000 Central Bank Ashland (G1), and introduces Barbara Banke’s Stonestreet as the signature sponsor of the $200,000 Lexington (G3). Purse money for the Lexington and opening day Transylvania (G3) Presented by Keeneland Select have been increased by $50,000 each.

The 15-day Spring Meet, to be held April 7-28, will offer racing Wednesdays through Sundays except Easter Sunday, April 16.

“Keeneland receives loyal support from owners and trainers across North America, and we are proud to once again feature such a rich and diverse stakes schedule,” Keeneland Vice President of Racing and Sales Bob Elliston said. “We continue to pursue initiatives to provide an exceptional racing program for horsemen and competitive wagering opportunities for fans.”

Fifteen of the spring’s 16 stakes are graded events with half contested on the turf.

The Spring Meet kicks off Friday, April 7, with the Transylvania, a 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds on the turf. Purse money for the Transylvania was elevated from $100,000 to $150,000 for 2017.

Keeneland has carded blockbuster days of racing on consecutive Saturdays, offering multiple stakes races that attract the nation’s human and equine stars. 

Two prominent classic preps, the Toyota Blue Grass and Central Bank Ashland, headline opening Saturday, April 8. The Toyota Blue Grass, for 3-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles, and the Central Bank Ashland, for 3-year-old fillies going 1 1/16 miles, are worth 100 points each to the winners on the Road to the Kentucky Derby (G1) and Road to the Kentucky Oaks (G1), respectively. 

The early nomination deadline for both races is Feb. 18. Late nominations are due March 22.

On April 8, NBC Sports Network will provide live coverage of the Toyota Blue Grass, along with the Wood Memorial (G2) at Aqueduct and Santa Anita Derby (G1), from 5-7 p.m. ET. Post time for the Toyota Blue Grass is 6 p.m.

Three other graded stakes form a strong undercard on Toyota Blue Grass Day and showcase top older horses, including the $300,000 Madison (G1), for fillies and mares and contested at seven furlongs; $200,000 Shakertown (G2), for 3-year-olds and up at 5½ furlongs on the turf; and $250,000 Commonwealth (G3), for older horses over seven furlongs.

Anchoring the second Saturday of racing, April 15, is the $350,000 Coolmore Jenny Wiley (G1), a 1 1/16-mile race for fillies and mares on the turf won last year by champion turf female Tepin. The Stonestreet Lexington, a 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds and one of the final preps on the Road to the Kentucky Derby, will carry a purse of $200,000, an increase of $50,000. The Stonestreet Lexington awards the winner 10 points on the Road to the Kentucky Derby.

Rounding out the day’s card is the $200,000 Ben Ali (G3) for older horses racing 1 1/8 miles and $100,000 Giant’s Causeway (L), a 5½-furlong turf race for fillies and mares.

A fourth Grade 1 stakes, the $300,000 Maker’s 46 Mile, one of the sport’s major early season turf stakes, will be held Friday, April 14. In 2016, Miss Temple City became the first filly to run in and also to win the Maker’s 46 Mile.

Because Easter Sunday falls on April 16 in 2017, the $150,000 Adena Springs Beaumont (G3), for 3-year-old fillies going seven furlongs, 184 feet, will be held a week earlier on Sunday, April 9.

Older horses highlight stakes competition during the final days of the Spring Meet. The $100,000 Hilliard Lyons Doubledogdare (G3) for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles is scheduled for Friday, April 21, and is followed by the $250,000 Dixiana Elkhorn (G2) at 1½ miles on the turf on Saturday, April 22, and the 150,000 Bewitch (G3) for fillies and mares racing 1½ miles on the turf on closing day, April 28.

Gates open at 11 a.m. Post time for the first race each day is 1:05 p.m. 

Keeneland 2017 Spring Stakes Schedule: April 7 - 28

Date Race Name Nom Deadlines Sex Distance Course
 
Fri, April 7
 
$150,000 Transylvania (G3) Presented by Keeneland Select
March 22
($100)
3yo 8 1/2 furlongs Turf
Sat, April 8
$1 Million Toyota Blue Grass (G2)
1st - Feb. 18 ($200)
2nd - March 22 ($1,000)
3yo 9 furlongs Dirt
Sat, April 8
$500,000 Central Bank Ashland (G1)
 
1st - Feb. 18 ($100)
2nd - March 22 ($1,000)
 
3yo fillies 8 1/2 furlongs Dirt
 
Sat, April 8
 
$300,000 Madison (G1)
March 22
($150)
4yo & up, fillies & mares 7 furlongs Dirt
 
Sat, April 8
 
$250,000 Commonwealth (G3)
March 22
($100)
4yo & up 7 furlongs Dirt
 
Sat, April 8
 
$200,000 Shakertown (G2)
March 22
($100)
3yo & up 5 1/2 furlongs Turf
 
Sun, April 9
 
$150,000 Adena Springs Beaumont (G3)
March 22
($100)
3yo fillies 7 furlongs & 184' Dirt
Thurs, April 13
$125,000 Appalachian (G3) Presented by Japan Racing Association
March 29
($100)
3yo fillies 8 furlongs Turf
 
Fri, April 14
 
$300,000 Maker's 46 Mile (G1)
March 29
($150)
4yo & up 8 furlongs Turf
Sat, April 15
$350,000 Coolmore Jenny Wiley (G1)
March 29
($150)
4yo & up,
fillies & mares
8 1/2 furlongs Turf
 
Sat, April 15
 
$200,000 Stonestreet Lexington (G3)
March 29
($150)
3yo 8 1/2 furlongs Dirt
 
Sat, April 15
 
$200,000 Ben Ali (G3)
March 29
($100)
4yo & up 9 furlongs Dirt
Sat, April 15
$100,000 Giant's Causeway (L)
March 29
($100)
3yo & up,
fillies & mares
5 1/2 furlongs Turf
Fri, April 21
$100,000 Hilliard Lyons Doubledogdare (G3)
April 5
($100)
4yo & up,
fillies & mares
8 1/2 furlongs Dirt

Sat, April 22

$250,000 Dixiana Elkhorn (G2)
April 5
($100)
4yo & up 12 furlongs Turf
Fri, April 28
$150,000 Bewitch (G3)
April 12
($100)
4yo & up, fillies & mares 12 furlongs Turf

Friday, April 7

$150,000 Transylvania (G3) Presented by Japan Racing Association
  • Age/Sex: 3yo
  • Distance: 8 1/2 furlongs
  • Course: Turf
  • Nom Deadline: March 22 ($100)

 

Saturday, April 8

$1 Million Toyota Blue Grass (G2)

  • Age/Sex: 3yo
  • Distance: 9 furlongs
  • Course: Dirt
  • 1st Nom Deadline: February 18 ($200)
  • 2nd Nom Deadline: March 22 ($1,000)

 

$500,000 Central Bank Ashland (G1)

  • Age/Sex: 3yo fillies
  • Distance: 8 1/2 furlongs
  • Course: Dirt
  • 1st Nom Deadline: February 18 ($100)
  • 2nd Nom Deadline: March 22 ($1,000)

 

$300,000 Madison (G1)

  • Age/Sex: 4yo & up, fillies & mares
  • Distance: 7 furlongs
  • Course: Dirt
  • Nom Deadline: March 22 ($150)

 

$250,000 Commonwealth (G3)

  • Age/Sex: 4yo & up
  • Distance: 7 furlongs
  • Course: Dirt
  • Nom Deadline: March 22 ($100)

 

$200,000 Shakertown (G2)

  • Age/Sex: 3yo & up
  • Distance: 5 1/2 furlongs
  • Course: Turf
  • Nom Deadline: March 22 ($100)

 

Sunday, April 9

$150,000 Adena Springs Beaumont (G3)

  • Age/Sex: 3yo fillies
  • Distance: 7 furlongs & 184 ft.
  • Course: Dirt
  • Nom Deadline: March 22 ($100)

 

Thursday, April 13

$125,000 Appalachian (G3) Presented by Japan Racing Association

  • Age/Sex: 3yo fillies
  • Distance: 8 furlongs
  • Course: Turf
  • Nom Deadline: March 29 ($100)

 

Friday, April 14

$300,000 Maker's 46 Mile (G1)

  • Age/Sex: 4yo & up
  • Distance: 8 furlongs
  • Course: Turf
  • Nom Deadline: March 29 ($150)

 

Saturday, April 15

$350,000 Coolmore Jenny Wiley (G1)

  • Age/Sex: 4yo & up, fillies & mares
  • Distance: 8 1/2 furlongs
  • Course: Turf
  • Nom Deadline: March 29 ($150)

 

$200,000 Stonestreet Lexington (G3)

  • Age/Sex: 3yo
  • Distance: 8 1/2 furlongs
  • Course: Dirt
  • Nom Deadline: March 29 ($150)

 

$200,000 Ben Ali (G3)

  • Age/Sex: 4yo & up
  • Distance: 9 furlongs
  • Course: Dirt
  • Nom Deadlin: March 29 ($100)

 

$100,000 Giant's Causeway (L)

  • Age/Sex: 3yo & up, fillies & mares
  • Distance: 5 1/2 furlongs
  • Course: Turf
  • Nom Deadline: March 29 ($100)

 

Friday, April 21

$100,000 Hilliard Lyons Doubledogdare (G3)

  • Age/Sex: 4yo & up, fillies & mares
  • Distance: 8 1/2 furlongs
  • Course: Dirt
  • Nom Deadline: April 5 ($100)

 

Saturday, April 22

$250,000 Dixiana Elkhorn (G2)

  • Age/Sex: 4yo & up
  • Distance: 12 furlongs
  • Course: Turf
  • Nom Deadline: April 5 ($100)

 

Friday, April 28

$150,000 Bewitch (G3)

  • Age/Sex: 4yo & up, fillies & mares
  • Distance: 12 furlongs
  • Course: Turf
  • Nom Deadline: April 12 ($100)
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