07/05/2005 11:00PM

Purses boosted for six of the meet's 19 stakes


Six of the 19 stakes at the Keeneland fall meet will have purse increases over last year. Keeneland released the stakes schedule Wednesday for the 17-day meet, which runs Oct. 7-29.

With total stakes purses exceeding $5 million for the first time, the fall meet at the Lexington, Ky., track will be highlighted as usual by "FallStars Weekend," the opening three-day weekend packed with races designed as preps for the Oct. 29 Breeders' Cup championships. Three of the meet's four Grade 1 races will be run opening weekend.

The six stakes with purse hikes include the $300,000 Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes, up from $125,000; the $200,000 Perryville Stakes, up from $100,000; and the $300,000 Lexus Raven Run, up from $200,000. One race, the $400,000 WinStar Galaxy on turf, had its purse cut by $100,000 and was also shortened from 1 3/8 miles to a mile. The net change in purse value for the stakes schedule is a $375,000 increase.

The Grade 3 Perryville, an Oct. 14 race that already has been targeted by trainer Ron Ellis as the comeback spot for last year's 2-year-old champion, Declan's Moon, is graded for the first time. Other changes at the meet include Juddmonte Farms assuming the sponsorship of the Grade 1 Spinster Stakes on Oct. 9, and the Storm Cat Stakes being renamed the Bryan Station Stakes.

Thirteen of the 19 stakes are graded, and 11 will be run on grass.

2005 stakes schedule

Fri.,Oct. 7Darley Alcibiades (G2)2YO F1 1/16 miles$400,000
Fri.,Oct. 7Sycamore Breeders' Cup (G3)3YO & Up1 1/2 miles (T)150,000
Sat.,Oct. 8Shadwell Turf Mile (G1)3YO & Up1 mile (T)600,000
Sat.,Oct. 8Lane's End Breeders' Futurity (G1)2YO1 1/16 miles500,000
Sat.,Oct. 8Phoenix Breeders' Cup (G3)3YO & Up6 furlongs250,000
Sun.,Oct. 9Juddmonte Spinster (G1)F&M, 3YO & Up1 1/8 miles500,000
Sun.,Oct. 9WinStar Galaxy (G2)F&M, 3YO & Up1 mile (T)400,000
Sun.,Oct. 9Woodford County3YO & Up5 1/2 furlongs (T)100,000
Thur.,Oct. 13Bryan Station3YO1 mile (T)150,000
Fri.,Oct. 14Perryville (G3)3YO7 furlongs, 184 ft.200,000
Sat.,Oct. 15Qn. Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1)3YO F1 1/8 miles (T)500,000
Sun.,Oct. 16Thoroughbred Club of America (G3)F&M, 3YO & Up6 furlongs300,000
Thur.,Oct. 20Buffalo Trace Franklin CountyF&M, 3YO & Up5 1/2 furlongs100,000
Fri.,Oct. 21Valley View (G3)3YO F1 1/16 miles (T)125,000
Sat.,Oct. 22Lexus Raven Run (G2)3YO F7 furlongs300,000
Sun.,Oct 23Rood and Riddle DowagerF&M, 3YO & Up1 1/2 miles (T)150,000
Thur.,Oct. 27Jessamine County2YO F1 1/16 miles (T)100,000
Fri.,Oct. 28Bourbon County2YO1 1/16 miles (T)100,000
Sat.,Oct. 29Fayette Stakes (G3)3YO & Up1 1/8 miles150,000