Shadwell Turf Mile now worth $1 million
07/29/2014 1:55 PM
07/29/2014 2:01 PM
Lexington, KY (SportsNetwork.com) - Keeneland Race Course announced Tuesday that its Shadwell Turf Mile, to be run on Oct. 4, will have a purse of $1 million, making it the track's first $1 million race.
Won two years ago by Horse of the Year Wise Dan, the stakes is receiving the $250,000 increase in partnership with Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum's Shadwell Farm, the race sponsor since 1999.
"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 and general manager) Rick Nichols for their commitment to Thoroughbred racing, to Central Kentucky and to Keeneland."
Last year due to heavy rain, the Shadwell Turf Mile was moved from the grass course to the synthetic main track and conducted at 1 1/16 miles. Defending winner Wise Dan, last year's Horse of the Year as well, was upset by Silver Max.
The Shadwell Turf Mile is part of the Breeders' Cup "Win and You're In" series, giving the winner an automatic place in the Breeders' Cup Mile.
Join the Discussion
Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.