Keeneland will offer curious Kentuckians a chance to go behind the scenes of Breeders' Cup preparations. The Lexington racetrack, which is hosting the $26 million Thoroughbred world championships Oct. 30-31, will offer an hour-long guided tour of the facility for $8 per person. Children 12 and under can tour for free; only 30 people per tour group. Tours will begin on Saturday and will be offered at 8:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.The walking tour includes Keeneland's paddock, grandstand and winner's circle. They will watch a short video about the Breeders' Cup at Keeneland, have photos taken in the winner's circle with a replica of the Breeders' Cup trophy and see horses train on the main track.
On weekdays, visitors also can visit the Keeneland Library to see additional Breeders' Cup memorabilia, including original works by the internationally celebrated artist "Peb" (Pierre Bellocq) and photographs of prominent Breeders' Cup races and horses.
Book tours online at Keeneland.com or buy at the ticket office near the clubhouse on tour days starting at 8 a.m. Tours will continue during the fall meet, Oct. 2-14, and during the Breeders' Cup week. For more information, go to Keeneland.com.