One of the biggest events on the horse racing calendar may still be a few months away, but fans can now start planning to be a part of the festivities. Keeneland plays host to the 2020 Breeders’ Cup World Championships on November 6 and 7, and tickets have been released for sale to the general public.
This will be the second time that Keeneland Race Course plays host to the event, a showcase of the very best that horse racing has to offer. Keeneland first hosted the Breeders’ Cup in 2015, a memorable affair which was capped off by American Pharaoah winning the Classic.
That was the topper of a year for the ages, as American Pharaoh took down the Triple Crown that season. The victory in the Breeders’ Cup Classic made him the first horse in history to successfully complete the Grand Slam of Thoroughbred Racing.
We still have a ways to go before we know if we’ll be fortunate enough to witness another special year such as that, but anticipation is naturally high for the event that puts a cherry on top of the horse racing season.
In a release touting the news, president and CEO of Breeders’ Cup David Fleming shared some thoughts on this year’s event.
“We eagerly anticipate returning to Lexington for the 37th running of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. In collaboration with our partners at Keeneland, we’ve been hard at work to ensure that the upcoming event is the best in Breeders’ Cup history, showcasing world-class Thoroughbred racing, which will be conducted at the highest levels of safety and integrity,” Fleming said. “We look forward to unveiling this exemplary World Championships experience to longtime racing enthusiasts and new fans alike in November.”
Beyond the ticket sale announcement, it was also revealed that attendance will be capped at 45,000 and that there will be expanded luxury seating for guests. This is done with an eye towards further enhancing the experience for both fans and participants, who will have a whole host of offerings to look forward to.
Keeneland’s luxury seating areas have undergone enhancements that boast a total price tag of $10.5 million. There are a number of different ticketing options to consider, including:
General Admission: Starting at $40
Keene Barn Entertainment Center: Two-day packages starting at $400
Grandstand Reserved: Two-day packages starting at $500
Sales Pavilion Dining: Two-day packages starting at $555 per person
Silks Lawn Chalet Seating: Two-day packages starting at $650
Clubhouse Reserved: Two-day packages starting at $750
Saddling Paddock Chalet: Two-day packages starting at $1,325
Trackside Chalet Dining: Two-day packages starting at $1,350
Some of the more expensive options include access to private dining with a buffet, among other amenities over the course of the event.
For General Admission, there are six different options for visitors to consider: Clubhouse, Grandstand Access, Stretch Run Package, Mezzanine Bar, Sports Bar, and The Hill.
BreedersCupExperiences.com is the place to go for those who are looking to book all-inclusive packages which cover tickets, hospitality, and travel.
For those who are looking to purchase tickets now or just to review seating options, you can visit BreedersCup.com.
The 2020 Breeders’ Cup World Championships will feature 14 championship races with total purses and wards of $35 million. This is the 37th edition of this signature event. It’s one of the most highly-anticipated racing events on the yearly docket, and the 2020 edition shapes up to be another memorable one.
For those who prefer to watch along without taking the trek to Kentucky, NBC Sports Group will be providing broadcast coverage.