Fields Taking Shape For Keeneland’s Fall Stars Weekend – Horse Racing News

With six days to go until the opening of Keeneland’s 17-day Fall Meet, fields are taking shape for the Oct. 7-9 Fall Stars Weekend, which will offer 11 stakes worth $5.45 million.

Nine of the races are Breeders’ Cup Challenge tests (*) that award the winners fees-paid berths into corresponding races at the 39th World Championships, which will be held Nov. 4-5 at Keeneland.

According to Keeneland Stakes Coordinator Allison De Luca, the possible starters for the stakes are as follows:

Friday, Oct. 7. Entries taken Tuesday, Oct. 4

*$500,000 Darley Alcibiades (G1), 2-year-old fillies, 1 1/16 miles: Boss Lady Bailey (trainer John Ortiz), Chop Chop (Brad Cox), Essaouira (Graham Motion), Fun and Feisty (Kenny McPeek), Infinite Diamond (Patrick Biancone), Just Cindy (Eddie Kenneally), Stellar Lady (McPeek), Wonder Wheel (Mark Casse).

*$350,000 Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix (G2), 3-year-olds and up, 6 furlongs: Baytown Bear (Paul McEntee), Long Range Toddy (Dallas Stewart), Meraas (Chad Summers), Necker Island (Chris Hartman), Nakatomi (Wesley Ward), Sibelius (Jeremiah O’Dwyer), Sir Alfred James (Lynn Cash), Special Reserve (Mike Maker), Top Gunner (John Ortiz).

*$350,000 JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G2), 2-year-old fillies, 1 1/16 miles (turf): C C Cruise Control (Kenny McPeek), Chop Chop (Brad Cox), Dulcia (Joe Sharp), Play the Music (Mark Casse), Promise of Hope (Tom Amoss), Towhead (Mike Maker), What an Honor (Maker).

Saturday, Oct. 8. Entries taken Wednesday, Oct. 5

*$1 Million Coolmore Turf Mile (G1), 3-year-olds and up, 1 mile (turf): Casa Creed (Bill Mott), Emaraaty (Chad Brown), Greyes Creek (Paulo Lobo), In Love (Lobo), Ivar (Lobo), Masen (Brown), Princess Grace (Mike Stidham), Santin (Brendan Walsh), Set Piece (Brad Cox), Smooth Like Strait (Michael McCarthy), Somelikeithotbrown (Mike Maker), Winfromwithin (Jorge Delgado).

*$600,000 Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (G1), 2-year-olds, 1 1/16 miles: Carmel Road (Bob Baffert), Forte (Todd Pletcher), Frosted Departure (Kenny McPeek), Funtastic Again (Wesley Ward), Good Heart (Brendan Walsh), Honed (McPeek), Jin Tong (Doug O’Neill), Lost Ark (Pletcher), National Treasure (Baffert), Powerful (Steve Asmussen), Two Phil’s (Larry Rivelli).

$750,000 First Lady (G1), 3-year-olds and up, fillies and mares, 1 mile (turf): Alms (Mike Stidham), In Italian (Chad Brown), Market Rumor (Ian Wilkes), Princess Grace (Stidham), Regal Glory (Brown), Technical Analysis (Brown).

*$350,000 Thoroughbred Club of America (G2), 3-year-olds and up, fillies and mares, 6 furlongs: Bell’s the One (Neil Pessin), Club Car (Ben Colebrook), Happy Soul (Wesley Ward), Joyful Cadence (John Ortiz), Liberty M D (Ian Wilkes), Palm Cottage (Paulo Lobo), Sconsin (Greg Foley), Slammed (Todd Fincher).

$350,000 Woodford (G2), 3-year-olds and up, 5½ furlongs (turf): Artemus Citylimits (Mike Maker), Asymmetric (Wesley Ward), Bound for Nowhere (Ward), County Final (Steve Asmussen), Gear Jockey (Rusty Arnold), Golden Pal (Ward).

Sunday, Oct. 9. Entries taken Thursday, Oct. 6

*$600,000 Juddmonte Spinster (G1), 3-year-olds and up, fillies and mares, 1 1/8 miles: Army Wife (Mike Maker), Letruska (Fausto Gutierrez), Malathaat (Todd Pletcher), Played Hard (Phil Bauer), Princess of Cairo (Mike Puhich), Shedaresthedevil (Brad Cox).

*$350,000 Castle & Key Bourbon (G2), 2-year-olds, 1 1/16 miles (turf): B Minor (Kenny McPeek), Boppy O (Mark Casse), Gigante (Steve Asmussen), Good Heart (Brendan Walsh), Mendel’s Secret (Mike Maker), Oscar Award (John Ortiz), Rarified Flair (McPeek), Really Good (Maker), Reckoning Force (Walsh), Red Route One (Asmussen).

*$250,000 Indian Summer (L), 2-year-olds, 5½ furlongs (turf): Danse Macabre (Kelsey Danner), Love Reigns (Wesley Ward), No Kay Never (Ward), No Nay Hudson (Ward), Private Creed (Steve Asmussen).

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