$500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1T) - Keeneland Fall Meet
The Challenge Cup honors Queen Elizabeth II, an astute Thoroughbred breeder and owner who attended the races at Keeneland on Oct. 11, 1984, during her private six-day visit to Central Kentucky. That day, she watched a mock Thoroughbred sale in the Keeneland Sales Pavilion, met members of the jockey colony and presented a trophy to the connections of the first winner of her namesake race, Cherry Valley Farm’s Sintra, who was ridden by Keith Allen for trainer Steven Penrod.
Dixiana is pleased to become the new sponsor of the $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1), the Fall Meet’s prestigious invitational turf stakes for 3-year-old fillies. The 37th running of the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Presented by Dixiana will be held Oct. 10. 2020 on the second Saturday of the Fall Meet.
$250,000 Dixiana Bourbon (G3T) - Keeneland Fall Meet
The Dixiana Bourbon (G3), is a race for 2-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles on the turf. The race is named for Bourbon County, home to some of North America’s most productive Thoroughbred farms. The county is located north of Lexington’s Fayette County, and Paris is the county seat. Dixiana Farm became the sponsor in 2014. The Dixiana Bourbon is a Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win and You’re In” race for the 2019 Breeder’s Cup Juvenile Turf.
In 2019 Peace Achieved captured the Dixiana Bourbon (G3) for owner JSM Equine LLC, trainer Mark E. Casse and jockey Miguel Mena.