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Going to the Breeder’s Cup? Here’s what you need to know

Going to the Breeder’s Cup? KSR’s got you covered. Here’s all the information you need to know to make the best of a big weekend in Lexington.


Limited tickets are still available for Friday and Saturday’s races. Click here to check out a seating map and get in on the action.



  • Admission Gates Open: 10:00 A.M.
  • Mutuel Windows Open: 11:30 A.M.
  • First Post: 12:30 P.M.
  • First Breeders’ Cup Race: 3:30 P.M.
  • Breeders’ Cup Distaff: 5:35 P.M.


  • Admission Gates Open: 9:00 A.M.
  • Mutuel Windows Open: 10:00 A.M.
  • First Post: 11:00 A.M.
  • First Breeders’ Cup Race: 12:05 P.M.
  • Breeders’ Cup Classic: 5:35 P.M.


Parking at Keeneland will be limited to those with official PRE-PAID parking credentials. Vehicles arriving at Keeneland without an official parking credential will be turned away at the gate.

Park-and-ride shuttles will be available on Friday and Saturday at several locations in Lexington:

  • The Kentucky Horse Park
  • Rupp Arena
  • Whitaker Bank Ballpark

Parking passes may be purchased online in advance for $20 per vehicle per day. Day-of parking passes may only be purchased at the Kentucky Horse Park and are $25 per vehicle per day. Your parking pass includes complimentary shuttle service to and from Keeneland for you and those in your vehicle as well as a free Breeders’ Cup program for each person. Walk-up shuttle passes will be available at Rupp Arena only.

The Breeder’s Cup is also teaming up with Uber for the event, so leave your keys at home and let someone else do the driving. Click here to sign up now with promo code breedersweb to get $20 off your first ride.


Don’t have tickets to the Breeder’s Cup but still want to be part of the festivities? Check out the Ultimate Breeder’s Cup Tailgating Party on The Hill, presented by Sovaro.

On Friday and Saturday, the Ultimate Breeder’s Cup Tailgating Party will offer non-stop action featuring music from the Bobby Perry Band and iHeart Radio DJs; tasty bites from City Barbeque, Papa John’s and a host of popular Food Trucks; and premium cash bars along with specials from the Tito’s Handmade Vodka Airstream Bar and Bud Light Beer Garden. The Hill’s presenting sponsor, Sovaro, will be showcasing their new line of luxury coolers with giveaways throughout the weekend.

Fans can wager on all 13 Breeders’ Cup World Championships races on The Hill presented by Sovaro and watch them on the Hi-Definition Jumbo Screens. Expert handicappers will be available to answer questions, help fans with selections and learn how to bet the races.

Friday: $35 per vehicle
Saturday: $50 per vehicle
Two-Day Package: $85 per vehicle

Parking passes can be purchased online or by calling 877-849-4287.


Another option is to enjoy the races from the comfortable, heated Keene Barn. Guests will enjoy private buffet, mutuel tellers, live entertainment, several TVs, and a premium cash bar. Keene Barn & Entertainment Center tickets INCLUDE General Admission access to the track. A complimentary shuttle will run all day bringing guests to and from the Grandstand drop-off/pick-up location. Onsite parking is also available for purchase for $25 per pass per day.

Friday: $125
Saturday: $200
Two-Day Package: $325
Please Note: Price includes lunch buffet and General Admission access.


Click here for a detailed list of what you can and cannot bring to the races.

Not going? You can watch the races on NBC Sports Network Friday at 3 p.m. ET and Saturday at 1 p.m. ET. The main event will air on NBC Saturday afternoon starting at 4 p.m. ET.


Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

5 Comments for Going to the Breeder’s Cup? Here’s what you need to know

  1. harry
    1:19 pm October 29, 2015 Permalink

    So sad Beholder is out.

  2. American Scarecrow
    3:06 pm October 29, 2015 Permalink

    Very helpful. I’m flying in from florida to take my 70 year old father to the track on Friday and this post was the main referee tool inside to get tickets and parking. Great job and thanks again!

  3. American Scarecrow
    3:08 pm October 29, 2015 Permalink

    That’s ‘the main reference tool I used to get tickets…’ Darn autocorrect!

  4. George
    3:16 pm October 29, 2015 Permalink

    Clubhouse chalet tomorrow. Bet the house on Liam’s Map in the dirt mile. I’m going with Stopchargingmaria in the Distaff.

    Good luck to all!

  5. Steve
    7:02 pm October 29, 2015 Permalink

    Get the two day pass for the hill for the best deal.