Churchill Downs will host 26 equity races worth $8.31 million during its meeting this coming September and fall.
The 14-day September meeting, which runs from September 15 to October 2, will include 11 equity races worth a total of $3.36 million. The leading line-up is the $400,000 GII Lukas Classic for 3-year-olds and older at 1/8 mile and the $300,000 GIII Ack Ack S. $300,000 for 3-year-olds and older at one mile – Breeders Cup ‘ “Win and You’re In” Race for GI Dirt Mile – October 1.
The meeting also hosts the first races on the Road to 2023 Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks series with the $300,000 GIII Iroquois S and $300,000 GIII Pocahontas S. on September 17. Both races will also award scores on Breeders’ Cup “Dirt Dozen” for their respective divisions.
Races at the September meeting will be run only on dirt to allow the track’s new Bermuda hybrid turf to continue to develop to its ultimate potential. Grass racing is scheduled to return for the Fall Encounter, which will be held from October 30 to November 27.
The Fall Meetup will host 15 equity events worth $4.95 million. The meeting was organized by GI Clark S. November 25, $750,000.
Churchill will host 18th annual “Stars of Tomorrow” in Fall meeting, with GIII $200,000 Street Sense S. and $200,000 Rags to Riches S. highlighting an October 30 opening date card and $400,000 GII Kentucky Jockey Club and $400,000 GII Golden Rod S. scheduled for November 26 .
Churchill Downs will host the Claiming Crown Championship Series for the first time on November 12. The event’s 24th renewal will feature eight races worth $1.05 million.
The condition book of scheduled races for the September meeting went live online on Monday and features 135 races and a record prize pool of $13,791,000, with a daily average of $985,071. The women’s special weight class races have a purse of $120,000, while the allowance races range from $127,000 to $141,000.
All wallets, including claimed races, include bonuses from the Kentucky Purebred Development Fund.
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