Keeneland began its official countdown to this year's Breeders' Cup at Tandy Park in Lexington Thursday at a ceremony attended by Breeders' Cup President and CEO Drew Fleming, Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton, Keeneland President and CEO Shannon Arvin, Breeders' Cup Festival Chair Kip Cornett, and GI Longines Breeders' Cup Classic winning trainer Brad Cox.
“We're excited to officially begin our countdown to the 39th running of the Breeders' Cup World Championships this fall in our hometown of Lexington,” said Fleming. “We're so grateful to work alongside leaders like Mayor Gorton, our friends at Keeneland, and so many others throughout the Lexington community to ensure that this year's World Championships and Festival are the best in Breeders' Cup history.”
Keeneland will be hosting championship weekend for the third time in 2022. It was first held at the Lexington oval in 2015 and returned in 2020.
“Lexington is excited to step back into the international spotlight as we again host the Breeders' Cup,” Gorton said. “This year, the Breeders' Cup will crown racing's true champions in the Horse Capital of the World at the best track in the world, Keeneland. Join us for a celebration that our international visitors and our local residents will enjoy.”
Arvin added, “Keeneland is excited to kick off the countdown to Breeders' Cup this fall, and to share this great international championship with our fans. The Thoroughbred industry is so important to the Lexington community, and we thank our friends at Breeders' Cup, Mayor Gorton and leaders throughout the city for their enthusiasm and support. We look forward to welcoming fans and racing participants from around the world to Lexington to celebrate the Breeders' Cup in a way this event richly deserves.”
Tickets for the 2022 Breeders' Cup at Keeneland will go on sale to the public May 9, at Noon ET at BreedersCup.com/Tickets. Attendance will be capped at 45,000. Fans who purchased 2020 Breeders' Cup World Championship tickets, when the event was impacted by the pandemic, were able to repurchase the same or similar seats for 2022. The Breeders' Cup Ticketing office has contacted 2020 purchasers about how to secure seats at the 2022 World Championships. 2020 ticket purchasers who have not yet received communication from the Breeders' Cup Ticketing office should email [email protected] or call (859) 514-9428.