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Tickets for 2020 Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland on sale Monday, safety measures, purses upgraded

KyForward staff The countdown is on: starting at 9:00 a.m. Monday you can get your tickets to the 2020 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Keeneland. Due to expected high demand, Those wishing to purchase  are encouraged to go to the Tickets section of the Breeders’ Cup website to browse available seating options so you are ready to purchase at 9:00 a.m. ET on Monday. It is recommended...

Keeneland’s November Sale to begin a day later (Nov. 6) to accommodate buyers traveling to Kentucky

Keeneland has announced that its 2019 November Breeding Stock Sale will begin on Nov. 6 at noon and run through Nov. 17. The November Sale, originally scheduled to begin Nov. 5, was moved back a day to allow buyers more time to travel to Kentucky from the Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Nov. 1-2 at Santa Anita in Southern California and inspect horses at the sale. “In keeping with Keeneland’s...

Keeneland catalogs 4,644 yearlings for 2019 September Sale; Book 1 will cover first three days

Keeneland has announced that 4,644 yearlings have been cataloged for the 76th annual Keeneland September Yearling Sale to be held Sept. 9-22. The auction, which attracts the Thoroughbred industry’s most prominent domestic and international buyers to purchase horses to compete at the highest levels of racing globally, features a revised format for Books 1 and 2 among the changes and enhancements to...

Meeting at Breeders’ Cup World Championships brings friends who were strangers together

By Mark Hansel KyForward managing editor A group of “friends’ who had never met got together at the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs this weekend. They were brought together through the Thoroughbred Horse Racing Discussion (T.H.R.D.) Facebook page, which was formed in June of 2017. Some horse racing fans who had only communicated through the Facebook group Thoroughbred Horse...

Keeneland announces format changes to September Yearling, November Breeding Stock Sales

Keeneland announced Thursday significant sales-related developments: a change to the Week 1 format of its 2018 September Yearling Sale, the creation of a boutique one-day Book 1 session to kick off the 2018 November Breeding Stock Sale and the return of its April Sale in 2019. These adjustments were made with input from participating consignors and buyers and reflect market trends, Keeneland officials...

Gov. Bevin signs new law aimed at strengthening Kentucky’s bid for future Breeder’s Cup events

Gov. Matt Bevin on Tuesday joined state legislators and Thoroughbred horse racing officials at Louisville’s iconic Churchill Downs to ceremonially sign House Bill 259. HB 259, sponsored by House Speaker Pro Tempore David Osborne and championed by Senate Majority Leader Damon Thayer, strengthens the Commonwealth’s bid to become a regular stop for Breeders’ Cup World Championships, a two-day, $30...

First ever Breeders’ Cup at Del Mar starts today; Kentucky’s Bob Elliston helped make it happen

By Mark Hansel Special to KyForward Del Mar, CA – The 2017 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, which consists of 13 Grade I races with purses and awards totaling more than $28 million, kick off today at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. Bob Elliston was instrumental in bringing the Breeders’ Cup to Keeneland in 2015 and to Del Mar this year. Elliston, shown here in his office at Keeneland...

Liane Crossley: International racing stars to shine in California at Breeders’ Cup World Championships

Thoroughbred racing’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships is often compared to the Super Bowl and the World Series—the sport’s unofficial grand finale that showcases the very best. The two-day Breeders’ Cup is 13 races with total prize money of $28-million. Races comprise virtually every division in Thoroughbred racing—dirt, turf, age, male and female horses, sprint and distance. Designed...

Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome among headliners in 31st Breeders’ Cup

By Liane Crossley KyForward correspondent   The eyes of the Thoroughbred racing world will turn to Santa Anita in Southern California on Friday and Saturday for the 31st renewal of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. Next year’s edition of the star-studded event will be held for the first time at Keeneland in Lexington.   The most recognizable name in this year’s races is California...