This year’s Fall Stars weekend will be more important than ever, with many Breeders’ Cup hopefuls scheduled start over their preferred surface at Keeneland prior to the World Championships on October 30 and 31.
Horses pointing to the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) will be featured in the six-furlong Stoll Keenan Ogden Phoenix (G3), the United States oldest stakes race, to be run Friday, October 2. Also on the opening card is the Darley Alcibiades (G1), for two-year-old fillies at a mile and a sixteenth. This Keeneland fixture is a prep for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) at the same distance.
Saturday’s card features five graded stakes all with Breeders’ Cup implications. The Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) is always a tough race to win and will have many in the field who will be trying to punch their ticket to the Breeders” Cup Mile (G1). Horses heading to the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G1) will like use the five and a half-furlong Woodford (G3) on the grass to prep on opening Saturday, October 3. The six-furlong Thoroughbred Club of America (G2) is a race for fillies and mares headed to the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (G1). The First Lady (G1) run at a mile on the turf, will no doubt have distaffers entered that are headed to the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf (G1). The mile and a sixteenth Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (G1) will feature several of the top 2016 Kentucky Derby hopefuls entered, as they prepare for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1).
On Sunday, the grassy mile and sixteenth Dixiana Bourbon (G3) will get two-year-olds ready for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) and the Juddmonte Spinster (G1), run at a mile and an eighth, is the Keeneland steppingstone to the Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1).