On Saturday, October 9th, fans will enjoy the latest installment of the Shadwell Turf Mile. For those who don’t know, is a once in a year race. It has a juicy $1,000,000 prize pool, featuring 3-year-old and older thoroughbred horses.
The Shadwell Turf Mile will be held in the Keeneland Race Course and will be raced on a 1 1/16-mile circuit. The date is on October 1, 2021. This circuit is grade 1 and as the name says, it goes 1 mile on turf.
In addition, the winner receives a spot in the starting gate for the $2 Million Breeder’s Cup Mile. The race was formerly run as the Keeneland Breeders’ cup mile. However, it was renamed after the Shadwell Farm of Lexington began to sponsor the one-mile turf stakes.
It got its latest name, as the Shadwell Turf Mile Stakes in 2004.
The race purse was increased to $750,000 in 2012 and became Keeneland’s first million-dollar race in 2014.
It takes place yearly in October and has a “Win and You’re in” label (referring to the Breeders Cup Mile), which makes it more attractive.
The time record was set back in the year 2000, with “Altibr” managing to run the mile in 1:33.72. Although, the 2020’s winner, Ivar (BRZ), finished close with a time of 1:33:99.
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When: October 09, 2021. Where Can I Watch? NBC Sports
In the last 7 years, every winner in the Shadwell Turf Mile Stakes has been a different horse with a different trainer.
It was back in 2014 when “Wise Dan” trained by Charles LoPresti got his second victory in this race. This time, after his 2012 victory, being the last horse to repeat a victory.
As mentioned before, the 2020’s victor, Ivar (BRZ), trained by Paulo Lobo was the closest horse to beat the current record, finishing only .27 seconds slower.
There are 11 horses who are probable but not yet confirmed for this race, and there are 7 different trainers for them.
M. Maker has 3 possible horses for this race, including Somelikeithotbrown, Field Pass, and Monarch Glen.
The horse, Order of Australia, trained by Aldan P. O’Brien, is coming in as a confident competitor, as the 4-year-old colt was the winner in last year’s Breeder’s Cup Mile, and already has a spot this year, even if he doesn’t claim victory in Shadwell.