Keeneland trims purses for fall stakes

Keeneland Race Course has trimmed purses
for seven stakes races during the 2009 Fall Meet due to the
economic downturn.
The Thoroughbred Club of America, Woodford, Bourbon, Perryville,
Bryan Station, Sycamore and Rood & Riddle Dowager races have had
their purses cut by a combined $275,000.
Racing director Rogers Beasley says decline in both live racing
and simulcasting wagering revenue led to the cut, though the stakes
purses for the Fall Meet remain among the highest in North America.
There will be 19 stakes races worth $5.125 million during the
meet from Oct. 9-31.
The slate features six Grade 1 races, highlighted by the
$500,000 Breeders' Futurity for 2-year-olds on Oct. 10.