Keeneland expected to host 2015 Breeders' Cup

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Lexington could soon play host to one of the most prestigious races in the horsing industry. Louisville's Courier Journal broke the story Tuesday that Keeneland will host the 2015 Breeders' Cup.

If Keeneland plays host to the 2015 Breeders' Cup, it'll be a first for the race course.

"For many many years now, Keeneland has been recognized as one of the finest, most iconic race tracks in the entire world," Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer of Georgetown told WKYT on Tuesday.

Thayer, a former Breeders' Cup employee, knows the event would help Central Kentucky.

"All these folks from all over the world to attend the Breeders' Cup are gonna need hotels to stay at. They're gonna need things to do, like visiting the Bourbon Trail, things like that. They're gonna need places to eat," Thayer said.

Keeneland workers have been busy. They've been replacing the synthetic track with a state of the art dirt track. The big change could be a reason why the Breeders' Cup may be held here in Lexington.

"Keeneland has a unique character to it. It's kinda like Augusta National. It's quaint. It's historic. It's classic. And Keeneland is as beautiful a race track as you'll find,"
Dan Metzger, president of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, told WKYT Tuesday.

Metzger also worked for Breeders' Cup. He says hosting that event is like hosting the Super Bowl of horse racing.

"We have the Kentucky Derby in the spring and the spring classics, but the Breeders' Cup is a worldwide event that brings the best horses from the world at the end of the year to decide the championships," Metzger continues.

Last time the two-day event was held in Kentucky, officials estimates it brought in more than $50 million to Louisville.

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