Keeneland will celebrate its first time to host the Breeders' Cup World Championships, Oct. 30-31, with a special day of racing titled Prelude to the Cup to be held Thursday, Oct. 29. Individual ticket reservations for Prelude to the Cup went on sale Tuesday via Keeneland.com/prelude.
All seating and dining for Prelude to the Cup will be sold in advance. General admission tickets, which do not include a seat, are $5 and will be available at Keeneland on Prelude Day. Children 12 and under will receive free general admission with a paid adult.
Keeneland has carded nine races for Prelude to the Cup highlighted by the $100,000 Lafayette for 3-year-olds and older at 7 furlongs on the main track. Gates open at 11 a.m.; post time for the first race is 12:30 p.m.
"Prelude to the Cup will be an unforgettable day of racing at Keeneland on the eve of the 2015 Breeders' Cup," Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason said. "The look and feel of the entire Keeneland campus will convey the excitement of Breeders' Cup and will offer our guests an opportunity to view world-class racing in a unique setting. This is truly a memorable time in the history of this great racetrack."
Keeneland will offer guests a variety of seating and dining accommodations for Prelude to the Cup, ranging from established fan favorites to distinctive new venues.
Fans can experience a number of facilities constructed just for the Breeders' Cup, including the Clubhouse Lawn Chalet, the Saddling Paddock Chalet and the Grandstand Loge Boxes.
Parking on Prelude Day at Keeneland will be limited to those with official pre-paid parking credentials. Vehicles arriving at Keeneland without an official on-site parking credential will not be permitted onto Keeneland's grounds and will be directed to a park-and-ride location.
Visit Keeneland.com/prelude for more information.
Keeneland's regular Fall Meet takes place Oct. 2-24.