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.