LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Keeneland, in partnership with Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s Shadwell Farm, announced today that the Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) will carry a purse of $1 million for its 29th running on Saturday, Oct. 4.
With the increase, the Shadwell Turf Mile becomes Keeneland’s first stakes worth $1 million and will rank as one of North America’s richest races held at a mile on the turf.
Shadwell Farm has sponsored the Turf Mile, for horses 3 years old and older, since 1999. The purse was increased to $750,000 in 2012.
“Shadwell Farm has played a very special role in Keeneland’s history for 30 years, actively supporting our racing program as both a sponsor and owner, and as a leading buyer at our sales,” said Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason. “We sincerely thank Sheikh Hamdan and (vice president & general manager) Rick Nichols for their commitment to Thoroughbred racing, to Central Kentucky and to Keeneland.”
The Shadwell Turf Mile, which serves as the cornerstone of Keeneland’s signature Fall Stars Weekend, is part of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series, with the winner automatically qualifying for the Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1). The Shadwell Turf Mile has been won by such champions as Wise Dan, Gio Ponti (twice), Favorite Trick, Itsallgreektome and Steinlen (GB) and major stakes winners Court Vision, Thorn Song, Perfect Soul (IRE) and Landseer (GB). Shadwell Stable (Rick Nichols, lessee) won three editions of the race, with Dumaani in 1995 and 1996 and Altibr in 2000.