Keeneland to Offer 18 Stakes During 2020 Fall Meet

August 12, 2020

LEXINGTON, KY – Keeneland will be the focus of Thoroughbred racing this autumn when the track presents 18 stakes worth a total of $4,775,000 during its 2020 Fall Meet, to be held Oct. 2-24 ahead of the 37th Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Keeneland on Nov. 6-7.

The prestigious Fall Stars Weekend opens the 17-day season, which also features the repositioning of the Hagyard Fayette (G2) to join the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1) Presented by Dixiana on the second Saturday of the meet and serve as a prep for the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) on Nov. 7.

“The Keeneland fall racing season is highly anticipated by horsemen and fans alike, but this one is even more exciting as it serves as a prelude for the Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland,” Keeneland Vice President of Racing Bob Elliston said.

“We expect to welcome many Breeders’ Cup-bound stars, both human and equine, that will boost the racing competition and the handicapping fun during the Fall Meet and build momentum leading into the World Championships.” 

Keeneland will host the Breeders’ Cup for the second time following its successful debut at the track in 2015.

Nine Fall Stars Weekend stakes are “Win and You’re In” events, part of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Presented by America’s Best Racing that awards each winner an automatic and free entry into the World Championships:

$350,000 Darley Alcibiades (G1) (Juvenile Fillies-G1) and $200,000 Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix (G2) (Sprint-G1) on Friday, Oct. 2; $750,000 Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) (TVG Mile-G1), $400,000 Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (G1) (TVG Juvenile-G1), $350,000 First Lady Presented by UK HealthCare (G1) (Maker’s Mark Filly and Mare Turf-G1) and $200,000 Thoroughbred Club of America (G2) (Filly and Mare Sprint-G1) on Saturday, Oct. 3; and $400,000 Juddmonte Spinster (G1) (Distaff-G1), $200,000 Bourbon (G2) (Juvenile Turf Presented by Coolmore America-G1) and $150,000 Indian Summer (L) (Juvenile Turf Sprint-G2) on Sunday, Oct. 4.

The other graded stakes during Fall Stars Weekend, also being run Saturday, Oct. 3, is the $150,000 Woodford (G2) Presented by TVG.

Last year, Fall Stars Weekend produced three Breeders’ Cup winners. Darley Alcibiades winner British Idiom won the Juvenile Fillies; Juddmonte Spinster winner Blue Prize (ARG) took the Distaff and First Lady Presented by UK HealthCare winner Uni (GB) captured the Mile. British Idiom and Uni both were division champions.

Keeneland’s 10th Breeders’ Cup Challenge race, set for Wednesday, Oct. 7, is the $150,000 JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G2). The winner earns a spot in the starting gate for the Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1).

The Fall Meet’s sixth Grade 1 stakes, the $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Presented by Dixiana, an invitational turf race for 3-year-old fillies at 1-1/8 miles, will be held Saturday, Oct. 10.

Keeneland 2020 Fall Meet Stakes Schedule: Oct. 2-24

Date, Stakes, Division, Distance


$350,000 Darley Alcibiades (G1)*, 2YO Fillies, 1-1/16 Miles

$200,000 Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix (G2)*, 3YOs & Up, 6 Furlongs


$750,000 Shadwell Turf Mile (G1)*, 3YOs & Up, 1 Mile (T)

$400,000 Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (G1)*, 2YOs, 1-1/16 Miles

$350,000 First Lady Presented by UK HealthCare (G1)*, 3YOs & Up, F&M, 1 Mile (T)

$200,000 Thoroughbred Club of America (G2)*, 3YOs & Up, F&M, 6 Furlongs

$150,000 Woodford (G2) Presented by TVG, 3YOs & Up, 5-1/2 Furlongs (T)


$400,000 Juddmonte Spinster (G1)*, 3YOs & Up, F&M, 1-1/8 Miles

$200,000 Bourbon (G2)*, 2YOs, 1-1/16 Miles (T)

$150,000 Indian Summer (L)*, 2YOs, 5-1/2 Furlongs (T)


$150,000 JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G2)*, 2YO Fillies, 1-1/16 Miles (T)


$150,000 Buffalo Trace Franklin County (G3), 3YOs & Up, F&M, 5-1/2 Furlongs (T)


$500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Presented by Dixiana (G1), 3YO Fillies, 1-1/8 Miles (T)

$200,000 Hagyard Fayette (G2), 3YO & Up, 1-1/8 Miles


$150,000 Sycamore (G3), 3YOs & Up, 1-1/2,  Miles (T)


$150,000 Pin Oak Valley View (G3), 3YO Fillies, 1-1/16 Miles (T)


$200,000 Lexus Raven Run (G2), 3YO Fillies, 7 Furlongs


$125,000 Rood & Riddle Dowager (G3), 3YOs & Up, F&M, 1-1/2 Miles (T)

*Breeders’ Cup Challenge stakes

For  more than 80 years, the Keeneland Association has devoted itself to the health and vibrancy of the Thoroughbred industry. The world’s largest Thoroughbred auction house, Keeneland conducts four sales a year, in January, April, September and November, and presents online auctions through the Keeneland Digital Sales Ring. Graduates of Keeneland sales dominate racing across the globe at every level.

In April and October, Keeneland offers some of the highest caliber and richest Thoroughbred racing in the world. In 2020, The Summer Meet at Keeneland presented five days of racing from July 8-12. Keeneland hosted the Breeders’ Cup World Championships in 2015 and will hold the event again on Nov. 6-7.

Uniquely structured, Keeneland is a privately held company with a not-for-profit mission that returns its earnings to the industry and the community in the form of higher purses and millions of dollars donated in support of horse industry initiatives and charitable contributions for education, research, and health and human services throughout Central Kentucky.

Keeneland also maintains the Keeneland Library, a world-renowned public research institution with the mission of preserving information about the Thoroughbred industry. To learn more, visit

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