BREEDERS' CUP | Keeneland deserves to host the Breeders' Cup

10/29/2015 06:30 AM

Lexington has long been known as the Horse Capital of the World. It is the first city outside of Europe to host the World Equestrian Games. It is the home of the 1,200 acre Kentucky Horse Park, a working farm dedicated to all breeds of horse. Lexington is surrounded by more than 400 horse farms with Keeneland Race Track nestled prominently atop one of Kentucky’s rolling hills.

Keeneland’s first thoroughbred race took place on October 15, 1936, and now almost exactly 79 years later, it is hosting one of the largest thoroughbred racing events in the world. This is the first time the Breeders’ Cup will be held at Keeneland in the event’s 31 year history.

Keeneland hosting an event on this scale establishes it as one of the eminent horse racing venues. While its beauty and legacy are known throughout the region, Keeneland is garnering praise from the international horse racing community. Matt Chapman, an award winning racing commentator from Great Britain, believes that Keeneland and the enveloping community deserved to host the Breeders’ Cup.

Consisting of 13 races totaling $26 million in purses, the two days of competition that begin Friday will be culminated on Saturday when the Triple Crown champion American Pharoah participates in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic.

cn|2 Sports asked Matt his thoughts on Pharoah’s poll position and where the Triple Crown champ will fall in the ranks of horse racing’s elite if he wins the Classic.

Garrett Moore

Garrett is a Sports Producer for Spectrum News. He is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State and got his start as a sports photographer. He now produces Sports Night, the state’s only nightly show dedicated to in-depth coverage of all sports in Kentucky. Sports Night airs weeknights at 6:30 and 10:30 on Spectrum News or anytime with Spectrum On Demand. Outside the station, Garrett enjoys golfing, hiking, fishing, and prides himself on being all-in as a sports spectator. He won a gift card for playing an air guitar in the student section during an MTSU basketball game. Follow Garrett on Twitter @SportsNightGM for real-time sports updates or if you just want to see the shenanigans that go on behind the scenes in getting Sports Night on the air.

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