Keeneland begins its 17-day fall race meet this Friday, Oct. 6. The three-day opening weekend features nine stakes races with $3.75 million in purses and Breeders’ Cup implications galore. The Canterbury Racebook will carry all the action. Here are the first nine stakes of the meet:
$400,000 G1 Alcibiades – BC Juvenile Fillies prep
$250,000 G2 Phoenix – BC Sprint prep
$1 million G1 Shadwell Turf Mile – prep for BC Mile
$500,000 G1 Breeders’ Futurity- likely spot for The Tabulator to run. He beat Canterbury’s Mr. Jagermeister in Iowa and then won the G3 Iroquois at Churchill Downs. Key BC Juvenile prep.
$400,000 G1 First Lady
$250,000 G2 Thoroughbred Club of America – BC Filly and Mare Sprint prep race.
$200,000 G2 Woodford
$500,000 G1 Spinster
$250,000 G3 Bourbon – turf race that readies 2-year-olds for the BC Juvenile Turf
The Keeneland website offers a lot of information.
To get a sense of the history of this track browse the extensive Media Guide.
Canterbury Quarter Horses Running Well at Prairie Meadows.
The Altoona racetrack conducted several trials Friday and Saturday and many horses that raced in Shakopee over the summer showed up.
A Jordon Reed, winner of the Mystic Lake Northlands Futurity, was the fastest qualifier for the Valley Junction Futurity. The 2-year-old is trained by Ed Ross Hardy. Cr Game Changer, trained by Jason Olmstead, ran the fastest 400 yard time in the Polk County Derby trials. La Mos PYC, a three-time winner at Canterbury trained by Bill Harris, qualified for the Altoona Derby by winning ta trial and recording the second fastest time. Cr Lota Girl ran twice here and was the fastest qualifier in Friday’s trials for the Jim Bader Futurity. The finals, along with the BOA Challenge Championships, will be run the evening of Saturday, Oct. 14.