BREEDERS’ CUP – THE RACE OF CHAMPIONS
The Breeders’ Cup is a two-day festival of top International racing with 14 Championship races on turf and dirt. The venue alters every season but it has only been staged once outside of the United States when it was held at the Woodbine Racetrack in Canada in 1996.
- Breeders Cup 2020 dates are November 6th – 7th | Friday and Saturday
- The Classic Race is on Saturday (time not set)
There is always a strong European challenge and they have been increasingly successful, particularly in the turf races. The meeting was first staged in 1984 as a single day but was extended to two in 2007. The Blue Riband event is the $5 million Classic that brings the meeting to a close.
BREEDERS’ CUP HIGHLIGHT MOMENTS
Highlights include victory for Cigar in 1995 and a heart-breaking first and only defeat for Zenyatta in 2010. In the same year, the French-trained mare Goldikova became the most successful horse in the history of the Breeders’ Cup when she took the mile for a third consecutive season.
Keeneland racecourse may not be the same size as Churchill Downs, but you can expect a top facility with fine dining and a fantastic turf. The Grand Stand has 5 levels and roughly 15,000 seats, and other race track commodities such as:
- Concessions and Bars
- North terrace
Keeneland’s’ principle race is the Blue Grass Stakes Grade II in April, with a purse of $1,000,000. You’ll also find The Kentucky racecourse is considered to be one of the best racecourses in the world and voted no.1 in 2009 across the US.
MEMORABLE BREEDERS’ CUP RACES AT KEENELAND
One of the most recent memories (and greatest), was American Pharaoh’s Breeders’ Cup Classic win in 2015. After claiming the prestige Triple Crown (Kentucky Derby, Preakness, Belmont), American Pharaoh had his final race before retirement. The race was the only Breeders’ Cup Classic in Keeneland to date. Will 2020 see another grand slam race?
KEENELAND RACING HISTORY
Keeneland Racecourse opened its gates from 1936 owned then by Jack Keene, as a non-profit race. 1984 was a historic moment, with a visit from Queen Elizabeth the second, which led to the Queen Elizabeth Challenge Cup Stakes. In 1986 Keeneland has become renowned as an official historical landmark by the National Register of Historic Places.
WHERE IS THE BEST PLACE TO WATCH BREEDERS’ CUP IN KEENELAND?
You have 2 main options to watch the races:
- At the grounds
- At the grandstand
If you’re on the grounds, the atmosphere is much more vibrant, but the view is much more limited.
If you’re at the grandstand (from level 2 up to 5), you’ll see the race much with a better view, but the atmosphere is more relaxed.
I would choose the grandstand, but that’s because watching the races is an important aspect for me.
Keeneland has a mixed dress code of casual, casual business, and formal. Anywhere that’s not the grandstand, the dress code is light casual, such as jeans and a t-shirt. In contrast, the grandstand has 2 dress codes:
- Business casual
- Business formal
Business casual means no jeans and a t-shirt, but a sports jacket and a dress can fit right in. If you’re reserving a place at the Phoenix Dining Room or the Saddling Paddock Chalet, notice your business casual wear most be modest. These are the exact dress codes stated from Keeneland regarding the latterly two dining rooms:
Collared shirts, slacks, and dress shoes.
Clothing of comparable formality to gentlemen.
Denim – regardless of color, slacks that are designed to resemble jeans, shorts (including rompers), clothing, or shoes that resemble athletic attire, flip-flops, abbreviated, or revealing attire.
*Dress code rules do not apply to children 12 and under.”
Business formal means a complete suit, and for the ladies, it’s advised to wear a formal dress. The code applies to the Lexington/Kentucky Dining Room and other VIP areas in Keeneland. The official dress codes from Keeneland states:
Suits or sport coats, dress slacks, dress shirt with collar and tie. Dress shoes and dress socks.
Clothing of comparable formality to gentlemen, including but not limited to skirts, dresses, tailored pantsuit or dress slacks.
Denim – regardless of color, slacks designed to resemble jeans, shorts (including rompers), clothing or shoes that resemble athletic attire, abbreviated or revealing attire.
*Dress code rules do not apply to children 12 and under.“
HOW MUCH ARE BREEDERS’ CUP 2020 TICKETS?
In 2019 the tickets for general admission was $15 on Friday and $25 for Saturday. In 2018 the prices for GA were $20 on Friday and $40 on Saturday. Since the tickets haven’t been released yet, the prices for the different venue options vary.
BREEDERS’ CUP CONTENDERS AND ODDS 2020
Schedule of all the races with contenders, odds, and tips yet to be announced.
The Breeders’ Classic Cup 2019 race with contenders and odds(subject to change) is finished. You can see the racecard is now set. Vino Rosso is the Breeders’ Cup 2019 Classic champion.