LEXINGTON, Ky. — Keeneland has scheduled a special Prelude to the Cup for Oct. 29 in advance of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, scheduled from Oct. 30-31. Individual tickets went on sale today.
All seating and dining for Prelude to the Cup will be sold in advance. General admission tickets, which do not include a seat, will be available for purchase at Keeneland on Prelude Day. Children 12 and under will receive free general admission with a paid adult.
Keeneland has carded nine races for Prelude to the Cup highlighted by the $100,000 Lafayette Presented by Keeneland Select for 3-year-olds and older at seven furlongs on the main track. Gates open at 11 a.m.; post time for the first race is 12:30 p.m.
“Prelude to the Cup will be an unforgettable day of racing at Keeneland on the eve of the 2015 Breeders’ Cup,” Keeneland president and CEO Bill Thomason said. “The look and feel of the entire Keeneland campus will convey the excitement of Breeders’ Cup and will offer our guests an opportunity to view world-class racing in a unique setting. This is truly a memorable time in the history of this great race track.”
Keeneland will offer guests a variety of seating and dining accommodations for Prelude to the Cup, ranging from established fan favorites to distinctive new venues.
Fans can experience a number of facilities constructed just for Breeders’ Cup that afford once-in-a-lifetime views of the action. Among these exceptional options are:
- Clubhouse Lawn Chalet: Located along the Clubhouse turn, this dining chalet offers stunning views of the race track.
- Saddling Paddock Chalet: This dining chalet provides premium views of the horses as they circle the Saddling Paddock before making their way to the track.
- Grandstand Loge Boxes: These open-air boxes between the sixteenth pole and just past the finish line are elevated from the first floor Grandstand to offer commanding views of live racing.
As a new feature for Prelude to the Cup, Keeneland will offer table dining on the second-floor Grandstand, with views of the Saddling Paddock and Walking Ring.
Additionally, dining reservations are being taken for the Lexington/Kentucky Room, which features panoramic views of the race track; the Phoenix Room, which overlooks the Saddling Paddock and Walking Ring, and the trackside Equestrian Room. Grandstand reserved seats also will be sold.
Due to great demand, parking at Keeneland will be limited to those with official pre-paid parking credentials. Vehicles arriving at Keeneland without an official on-site parking credential will not be permitted onto Keeneland’s grounds and will be directed to a park-and-ride location.