Breeders' Cup notes: Calipari to draw post positions at public reception

Calipari Herald-Leader

University of Kentucky men's basketball coach John Calipari will draw the post positions for the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic and the $2 million Distaff during a post position reception at Keeneland on Oct. 26.

The Breeders' Cup will be run at Keeneland in Lexington for the first time on Oct. 30-31. Four Breeders' Cup races, including the Distaff, are scheduled for Oct. 30. Nine more Breeders' Cup races, capped off by the Classic, are set for Oct. 31.

The draws for the Classic — expected to feature Triple Crown winner American Pharoah — and the Distaff will be held during a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 26 in the Maker's Mark Bourbon Lounge at the top of the stretch near the Gate 2 entrance.

Post positions for the 11 other Breeders' Cup races will be drawn at 1 p.m. that day in the Keeneland sales pavilion.

"We're delighted to have Coach Cal draw this year's Distaff and Classic, and greatly appreciate the support from UK Athletics," said Bob Elliston, Breeders' Cup executive vice president and chief operating officer. "It's terrific that we can bring together two of the greatest sporting traditions of the commonwealth, majestic Thoroughbreds and UK basketball, for this year's World Championships."

Tickets for the post-position reception are available at Tickets are free for the first 2,000 guests who complete a ticket application.

American Pharoah ramps up preparations

Triple Crown champion American Pharoah completed a 7-furlong workout at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., on Wednesday as he continues to prepare for his final career start in the Breeders' Cup Classic on Oct. 31 at Keeneland.

The 3-year-old colt was timed in 1:23 flat for the distance with jockey Martin Garcia aboard under the watchful eye of trainer Bob Baffert. It was American Pharoah's fifth drill since returning to his home base last month and was in stark contrast to his leisurely 5-furlong work of 1:01.20 last week.

Baffert says he wanted to get a strong work out of American Pharoah and he handled it well. Stablemate Madam Aamoura provided a target for the colt, who started about 7 lengths behind her before charging past the filly.