Breeders Cup


Reporters and photographers from around the world came to Keeneland last week.  Among them was Ron Flatter. Flatter is a freelance radio reporter from California, who currently lives in New York, and works for Australia’s Racing and Sport Network. 

Fans Come From All Over for Keeneland Breeders Cup

Oct 30, 2015
Stu Johnson / WEKU News

Racing fans came out in large numbers Friday for the first four races in 2015’s end-of-year championships.  Among them was Bud Ferguson from Lombard Illinois, just outside Chicago.  He won in an earlier race and told WEKU’S Stu Johnson he expects an upset in Saturday’s final race, the Breeder’s Cup Classic.

“Do you think American Pharoah’s gonna do it?,” asked Johnson.

“No, I think this Irish colt, Glenn Eagles, trained by Aidan O’Brian and ridden by Ryan Moore.  He’s number one in Europe. I think he’s gonna take it,” said Ferguson.

Champion Beholder Pulled From Breeders’ Cup Classic

Oct 29, 2015

Beholder, considered to be one of American Pharoah’s biggest challengers for this weekend’s Breeders’ Cup Classic, has been pulled from the race.  The news comes just two days before the high profile race at Keeneland. 

All Systems are Go for First Breeders Cup at Keeneland

Oct 29, 2015
Stu Johnson / WEKU News

    Lexington’s Keeneland Racecourse was chosen almost a year ago to host this year’s Breeders Cup World Championships. Since then, the track and the city have worked to prepare for what’s expected to be a record setting crowd in the bluegrass for thoroughbred   racing’s end of season highlight event.   

Security for Breeders Cup Includes Barn Cameras, Bag Checks

Oct 28, 2015
Stu Johnson / WEKU News

    Safety and security for people and horses is a major concern for officials of this weekend’s Breeders Cup Championships at Keeneland.  The additional security measures may require a little more patience from attendees.

The Breeder’s Cup takes over Lexington beginning next weekend. It’s a huge event for the city but especially so for Keeneland, Lexington’s classic thoroughbred race track and host of this year’s Breeder’s Cup World Championships. In this week’s Focus on Business, Tom Martin talks with the man who is overseeing all the planning and preparations, Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason.

Rich Copley: Thriller Parade, Breeders' Cup Fest, Time for Three

Oct 23, 2015
Rich Copley, via Twitter

It’s time for our weekly chat with Rich Copley of the Lexington Herald Leader for a look at this weekend’s arts and cultural events.

Rich tells WEKU’s Jonese Franklin, on Sunday, Lexington’s Thriller Parade will help kick off the Breeders Cup Festival.

200 Horses Pre-Entered for Breeders Cup at Keeneland

Oct 21, 2015
Stu Johnson / WEKU News

    A Triple Crown winner and a two-time Breeders Cup champion mare are among the 200 horses pre-entered for next weekend’s event at Keeneland.  Details for horses, riders, trainers, and fans are being finalized this week.

Record Ticket Sales for Breeders Cup at Keeneland

Oct 9, 2015

The upcoming Breeders Cup Championships in Lexington is bringing in record ticket sales.  President Craig Fravel says sales have reached $19 million, surpassing the previous high of $10 million.  Fravel says that doesn't necessarily mean attendance will be a record breaker.   “You know we spent an awful lot of time and money creating a brand new campus over at Keeneland," he said.  It’s got a lot of trackside dining facilities, so it’s really more a function of high quality, high end seating arrangements."

Yearling Sale Opens at Keeneland With an Eye on Breeders Cup

Sep 14, 2015

Keeneland’s Yearling Sale is regarded as the primary barometer of the state of the Thoroughbred Industry.  The annual two week auction begins Monday.

Big name trainers like Bob Baffert and Todd Pletcher will be eyeing yearlings.  Keeneland’s Amy Gregory says the sale comes as a preview to October’s Breeders Cup.  “You see a lot of horses that were sold at Keeneland during the September sales in particular, sold as yearlings, that are now gonna race in the Breeders Cup when it comes back to Keeneland this fall,” said Gregory.

Triple Crown winner American Pharoah will likely be in Lexington next month to compete in the Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland.  Following a loss in the Traverse Stakes at Saratoga, owner Ahmed  Zayat  talked about retiring the horse.  Now, he is pointing American Pharoah to racing at the Breeders' Cup.  Kentucky Thoroughbred Association Executive Director Chauncey Morris admits there are few certainties in racing.  “Two months provides a bit of time on tuning up the horse, but then, also horses are living, breathing creatures," said Morris.

Trick or Treat Under Review at Lexington City Hall

Aug 12, 2015

Halloween is more than two months away, but Lexington’s Council is already discussing the holiday. Trick or Treat is scheduled between 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. on October 31.  That’s also the last day of the highly anticipated Breeders Cup Championships at Keeneland, and the date of an evening University of Kentucky football game.  Council member Richard Moloney is worried about traffic between the Keeneland race track and Commonwealth Stadium.

Road Work Commonplace in Lexington this Summer

Jul 27, 2015
Stu Johnson / WEKU News

There are more than a few traffic cones positioned along Lexington area streets this summer.  Traffic delays may frustrate motorists now, but the benefits will be visible in October when the city welcomes the Breeders Cup.

Stu Johnson / WEKU News


One of Kentucky's best known bourbon makers is teaming up with one of the highest profile horse racing events in the country to raise money for charity.  The first of three charity events will occur the day before this fall's much anticipated Breeders Cup at Keeneland.