Louisville, Ky. – Churchill Downs wants the Breeders’ Cup back in Louisville. The home track for the Kentucky Derby hasn’t hosted the prestigious event since 2011. Churchill Downs has hosted the Breeders’ Cup on eight occasions, dating back to 1988.
According to an article that appeared in Blood-Horse, Churchill Downs officials are preparing their application process to host the 2018 championships, the next available date.
“We hope our history with the event works in our favor. We also have a facility that now more than ever suits the Breeders’ Cup,” John Asher, Churchill Down’s vice president communications, said in the article.
This year the Breeders’ Cup will be held for the first time at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Ky. For the past three years the Breeders’ Cup has been on the West Coast at Santa Anita Park. After Keeneland, the championship race moves back to Santa Anita in 2016 and Del Mar in 2017.
“There has been public perception of lingering issues between the two parties, but I don’t think that has been the case,” Asher said. “Breeders’ Cup leadership has needed to focus on California and some other big things. We do get a lot of questions about when the Breeders’ Cup is coming back. If not for 2018, then we’ll try for 2019.”