01/14/2014 2:36PM

Keeneland spring stakes schedule largely unchanged

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Officials at Keeneland Race Course on Tuesday released the stakes schedule for its 2014 spring meet with minimal change from the status quo.

In all, 16 stakes worth more than $3.7 million will be run at the Lexington, Ky., track, with the Grade 1, $750,000 Blue Grass Stakes serving as the traditional highlight on April 12. All but one of the stakes are graded events.

Changes include $50,000 purse increases to the April 13 Beaumont Stakes and the April 25 Elkhorn. Both are now worth $200,000.

Because the Easter holiday falls this year on Sunday, April 20, one more stakes race than usual will be held the preceding Saturday, with the Grade 3 Coolmore Lexington Stakes anchoring a stakes triple-header.

The stakes schedule is front-loaded as usual in anticipation of the major races during Kentucky Derby week at Churchill Downs. Besides the Blue Grass, other big races during the opening portion of the meet include the Grade 1 Ashland on April 5 and the Grade 1 Maker’s 46 Mile, which could mark the first start of the season for 7-year-old Wise Dan on April 11.

The 15-day meet runs April 4-25.

1971 Whippet More than 1 year ago
How great is Keeneland? Great enough to take a field of claimers - like you'd have at Turfway - and get the locals and everyone off-track to bet on it. Too bad they don't have a downtown you could walk to.... Ushers wearing blazers, burgoo....I miss that stuff.
Kyle Stasierowski More than 1 year ago
Dear Mr. McGee, I can't wait until the Keeneland meet starts because they usually during the spring meet have a stakes each day of the meet. Sincerely, Kyle Stasierowski 29-year-old loyal TVG viewer, HRTV Live Feed viewer, and DRF FaceBook friend and Twitter follower from Alden, New York
Kyle Stasierowski More than 1 year ago
Dear Mr. McGee, I can't wait until the Keeneland meet starts because they usually during the spring meet have a stakes each day of the meet.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
today was another day I bought an equibase form instead of a DRF strictly because of DRF+
ML NJ More than 1 year ago
I've gone a whole year without DRF PPs after 45 years reliance on DRF (or MT) for my PPs. I had years getting almost all of the NYRA PPs. It was the absurd price increases that made me switch. I'm still rather sad about it.
Tom Smith More than 1 year ago
I prefer brisnet myself
ML NJ More than 1 year ago
Sadly, I've been using Brisnet for the past two years. Loyalty has its limits, but I'd be back to DRF if they were even slightly competitive,
ratakabundai . More than 1 year ago
All the whining about the cost of DRF+ reminds me of the ad for insurance where Lucy is upset when told that everything cannot be 5 cents...I used to buy the form....now I only buy the past performances...I pay less than before...I don't expect to get the same for less...DRF is a business...not a charitable organization...
ML NJ More than 1 year ago
I haven't bought the newspaper since I've been able to download the PPs. I don't want a 100 cards a month or whatever. I just want the NYRA and Keeneland. I used to get 100 card packages of enhanced PPs for $150 that only had to be used by the end of the year. The price of those 100 card packages first virtually doubled, and now they are not offered at all. This isn't Neverland. There is real competition now in the PP business. The whole DRF+ thing is just a symptom of a larger problem.
ratakabundai . More than 1 year ago
Exactly...I only play NYRA...I buy a 20 card classic PP pack for $50...that lasts for one month...that is 50% of what it cost me to buy the paper when it was $5...I can live without the articles...I have plenty of gripes with DRF,,,but I understand that if they cannot turn a profit they will be out of business...people want something for nothing...but it just can't be that way.
ML NJ More than 1 year ago
Just so you know I started buying the Morning Telegraph when it was 50 cents. For your $2.50 a card you get NOTHING you couldn't get from Brisnet with no commitment at all, except for the overrated Beyer numbers, for a dollar. (And Brisnet does have some not so significant, for me anyway, stuff that the DRF does not.) I was a hundreds of dollars a year customer, and now DRF gets zero from me. You may think this will help sustain their business, but I do not.