So next Friday Keeneland is back for three weeks of horse racing.
"Record purses, Keeneland Turf Pick 3, return of special events mark 85th anniversary meet
Keeneland celebrates its 85th anniversary of racing when the 2021 Fall Meet kicks off Friday, Oct. 8. The 17-day meet which runs through Oct. 30 promises excitement from start to finish, highlighted by a race meet record $6 million in stakes purses and an expanded stakes schedule of 22 races; wagering options for handicappers at all levels, among them the new Keeneland Turf Pick 3; and the return of tailgating and family-friendly on-track special events. Post time for the first race each day this fall is 1 p.m. ET.
The Fall Meet breaks from the gate with its signature Fall Stars Weekend, Oct. 8-10, featuring many of racing’s stars making their final preps for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Del Mar on Nov. 4-5. Ten Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” races will be held at Keeneland this fall, nine of which are slated for Fall Stars Weekend.
Keeneland features a deep turf schedule this fall, with 12 of its 22 stakes held on the grass, three of which are Grade 1 events – the $750,000 Keeneland Turf Mile, $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Presented by Dixiana and the $400,000 First Lady Presented by UK HealthCare.
The stakes program has been elevated throughout the Fall Meet to broaden Keeneland’s appeal to horsemen and fans. To enhance the final days of the season, Keeneland has introduced two new $150,000 juvenile stakes, the Myrtlewood and Bowman Mill; revived the Perryville and Bryan Station, both fixtures for 3-year-olds, and scheduled the Valley View (G3) and Hagyard Fayette (G2) to create multiple stakes cards."