LEXINGTON, Ky. – Keeneland will celebrate hosting the 2015 Breeders’ Cup World Championships by offering hour-long, guided tours that will give fans an insider’s look at the rich connection between Keeneland and the Breeders’ Cup. Tours will begin Saturday, Aug. 22.
The 2015 Breeders’ Cup World Championship is Thoroughbred racing’s season-ending 13-race, $26 million championship event. The event will be held in Lexington at Keeneland for the first time on Oct. 30 – 31.
“The Official Breeders’ Cup Tour will weave the history and importance of the Breeders’ Cup with that of Keeneland and Central Kentucky; all three play a significant role globally in Thoroughbred racing and breeding,” Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason said. “This year marks the first time Keeneland is hosting the Breeders’ Cup, a homecoming for Thoroughbreds born and raised in Central Kentucky, many of whom were sold at a Keeneland auction, have run here and will return here to compete.”
Breeders’ Cup Tours will be available at 8:30 a.m. ET on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Each tour group is limited to 30 people, who will receive souvenir lapel pins. The cost is $8 per person; children 12 and under are free.
The walking tour includes stops at Keeneland’s Paddock, Grandstand and Winner’s Circle, where guests will learn how each location will be used for the Breeders’ Cup and see all the preparations for the event. They will watch a short video about the Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland, have photos taken in the Winner’s Circle with a replica of the Breeders’ Cup trophy and see horses train on the main track.
On weekdays, visitors are encouraged to visit the Keeneland Library to see additional Breeders’ Cup memorabilia, including original works by the internationally celebrated artist “Peb” (Pierre Bellocq) and photographs of prominent Breeders’ Cup races and horses.
Tickets may be purchased in advance at Keeneland.com or at Keeneland’s Ticket Office located near the Clubhouse and Grandstand South entrances on tour days starting at 8 a.m.
Tours will continue Oct. 2-14 during Keeneland’s Fall Meet and Oct. 25-28 during Breeders’ Cup Week. The schedule of those tours will be announced.