The newspaper cites two sources with “knowledge of the plans.” The race, which was at Santa Anita this year, would take place in Lexington in 2015, return to Santa Anita in 2016 then on to Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in San Diego in 2017, the Courier-Journal said.
Breeders’ Cup has not confirmed the information nor made comments about the location of next year’s race.
Keeneland is currently converting its main trace track from a synthetic Polytrack material to a state-of-the-art dirt surface, with a drainage system that will be the first of its kind in North America. Construction is scheduled to be completed Aug. 15. The track will reopen for training Sept. 1, and Keeneland’s Fall Meet begins Oct. 3.
The Breeders’ Cup previously has been held at Churchill Downs in Louisville, but the venue was passed up this year for Santa Anita. (See related story.)
An official announcement from Breeders’ Cup is expected later this month.
This year’s race, the 31st running of the Breeders’ Cup, is Friday, Oct. 31 and Saturday, Nov. 1 at Santa Anita. This will be the eighth time that Santa Anita will host the Breeders’ Cup.