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Churchill Downs To Host Claiming Crown During November Meet

A total of 26 stakes races cumulatively worth $8.31 million will be offered at Churchill Downs during its upcoming September and Fall meets.

The 14-date September Meet (Sept. 15-Oct. 2) will showcase 11 stakes races that total $3.36 million, and the 19-date Fall Meet (Oct. 30-Nov. 27) will have 15 stakes events cumulatively worth $4.95 million.

The 10th annual September Meet, which runs for three weeks, will offer horsemen plenty of opportunities to prep for the Nov. 4-5 Breeders' Cup World Championships at Keeneland, led by the $400,000 Lukas Classic (Grade 2) for 3-year-olds and up at 1 1/8 miles and the $300,000 Ack Ack (G3) for 3-year-olds and up at one mile – a Breeders' Cup “Win and You're In” race for the Dirt Mile – on Saturday, Oct. 1.

Additionally, the Road to the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks series will kick-off Saturday, Sept. 17 with the $300,000 Iroquois (G3) and $300,000 Pocahontas (G3), respectively. Both races also will award points on the Breeders' Cup “Dirt Dozen” series for their respective divisions.

Churchill Downs 133rd Fall Meet, which follows Keeneland's four-week Oct. 7-29 stand in Lexington, is anchored by the $750,000 Clark presented by Norton Healthcare (G1). The 1 1/8-mile test for 3-year-olds and up on “Black Friday,” Nov. 25 annually lures some of the top horses in North America and is the centerpiece of nine stakes races scheduled over Thanksgiving weekend.

Two-year-olds with aspirations of making next year's Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve and Longines Kentucky Oaks will be prominently featured twice during the Fall Meet as part of the 18th annual “Stars of Tomorrow” program. The $200,000 Street Sense (G3) and $200,000 Rags to Riches for fillies highlight opening day on Sunday, Oct. 30. The $400,000 Kentucky Jockey Club (G2) and $400,000 Golden Rod (G2) for fillies are part of the Road to the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks series on Saturday, Nov. 26.

An added feature to this year's four-week Fall Meet will be the 24th renewal of the Claiming Crown Championship Series, which will be staged at Churchill Downs for the first time on Saturday, Nov. 12 – one week after the Breeders' Cup at Keeneland. Open to claiming horses, the Claiming Crown features eight races with starter allowance conditions and a total of $1.05 million in prize money for some of the most competitive, blue-collar horses in the country.

Racing at Churchill Downs during the September Meet will be run exclusively on dirt to allow the new Bermuda-hybrid turf course to continue to mature to its ultimate potential. Turf racing is projected to return for the Fall Meet.

The condition book of scheduled races for the September Meet was released online Monday and features 135 races and a record $13,791,000 in prize money for a daily average of $985,071. Maiden special weight races have a $120,000 purse while allowance races range from $127,000 to $141,000.

All purses, including claiming races, include prize money from the Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund, subject to KHRC approval.

2022 CHURCHILL DOWNS SEPTEMBER MEET STAKES SCHEDULE

Date Running Grade Purse Race Conditions Distance Surface
Saturday, Sept. 17 38th III $400,000 Locust Grove 3&up, f&m 1 1/16 M Dirt
Saturday, Sept. 17 41st III $300,000 Iroquois 2yo 1 1/16 M Dirt
Saturday, Sept. 17 54th III $300,000 Pocahontas 2yo f 1 1/16 M Dirt
Saturday, Sept. 17 13th Listed $300,000 Open Mind 3&up, f&m 6 F Dirt
Saturday, Sept. 17 2nd $275,000 Louisville Thoroughbred Society 3&up 6 F Dirt
Saturday, Sept. 24 47th III $275,000 Dogwood 3yo f 7 F Dirt
Saturday, Sept. 24 2nd $275,000 Bourbon Trail 3yo 1 3/16 M Dirt
Saturday, Sept. 24 2nd $275,000 Harrods Creek 3yo 7 F Dirt
Saturday, Sept. 24 2nd $160,000 Seneca Overnight Stakes 3yo f 1 1/16 M Dirt
Saturday, Oct. 1 9th II $500,000 Lukas Classic 3&up 1 1/8 M Dirt
Saturday, Oct. 1 30th III $300,000 Ack Ack 3&up 1 M Dirt

2022 CHURCHILL DOWNS FALL MEET STAKES SCHEDULE

Date Running Grade Purse Race Conditions Distance Surface
Sunday, Oct. 30 10th III $200,000 Street Sense 2yo 1 1/16 M Dirt
Sunday, Oct. 30 10th $200,000 Rags to Riches 2yo f 1 1/16 M Dirt
Sunday, Nov. 13 43rd III $300,000 River City 3&up 1 1/8 M Turf
Sunday, Nov. 13 14th Listed $160,000 Bet On Sunshine 3&up 6 F Dirt
Sunday, Nov. 13 17th Listed $160,000 Dream Supreme 3&up, f&m 6 F Dirt
Saturday, Nov. 19 37th III $300,000 Chilukki 3&up, f&m 1 M Dirt
Thursday, Nov. 24 107th III $500,000 Falls City 3&up, f&m 1 1/8 M Dirt
Thursday, Nov. 24 47th III $300,000 Cardinal 3&up, f&m 1 1/8 M Turf
Friday, Nov. 25 148th I $750,000 Clark presented by Norton Healthcare 3&up 1 1/8 M Dirt
Friday, Nov. 25 31st II $300,000 Mrs. Revere 3yo f 1 1/16 M Turf
Saturday, Nov. 26 96th II $400,000 Kentucky Jockey Club 2yo 1 1/16 M Dirt
Saturday, Nov. 26 79th II $400,000 Golden Rod 2yo f 1 1/16 M Dirt
Saturday, Nov. 26 2nd $200,000 Ed Brown 2yo 6 ½ F Dirt
Saturday, Nov. 26 2nd $200,000 Fern Creek 2yo f 6 ½ F Dirt
Sunday, Nov. 27 17th III $300,000 Commonwealth Turf 3yo 1 1/16 M Turf

2022 CLAIMING CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES AT CHURCHILL DOWNS

Date Purse Race Conditions Claiming

Level

Distance Surface
Saturday, Nov. 12 $175,000 Claiming Crown Jewel 3&up $35,000 1 1/8 M Dirt
Saturday, Nov. 12 $150,000 Claiming Crown Emerald 3&up $25,000 1 1/16 M Turf
Saturday, Nov. 12 $150,000 Claiming Crown Tiara 3&up, f&m $25,000 1 1/16 M Turf
Saturday, Nov. 12 $150,000 Claiming Crown Tom Metzen Memorial Canterbury 3&up $25,000 5 ½ F Turf
Saturday, Nov. 12 $125,000 Claiming Crown Rapid Transit 3&up $16,000 7 F Dirt
Saturday, Nov. 12 $100,000 Claiming Crown Glass Slipper 3&up, f&m $12,500 1 M Dirt
Saturday, Nov. 12 $100,000 Claiming Crown Kent Sterling Memorial Iron Horse 3&up $8,000 1 1/16 M Dirt
Saturday, Nov. 12 $100,000 Claiming Crown Ready's Rocket Express 3&up $8,000 6 F Dirt
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