Breeders’ Cup 2015 Schedule and History

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Keeneland is proud to be the home of the Breeders' Cup 2015 World Championships. Although Kentucky is no stranger to the Breeders' Cup, this will be a historic occasion for Keeneland as it is the first time the racetrack will host the event. Keeneland's status as a first-rate racing facility, along with the scenic environment, provides the ideal setting for the prestigious Thoroughbred championships.

Currently in its 31st year, the Breeders' Cup World Championship attracts one of the largest crowds for horse racing stakes in North America. Three Breeders Cup races – the Breeders' Cup Classic (4th), the Turf (10th) and the Mile (12th) – are rated among the top Grade 1 races in the world by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA).

Breeders' Cup Schedule

Date Stakes Division
Oct 2 $250,000 Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix (G3) 3YO's and up
Oct 2 $400,000 Darley Alcibiades (G1) 2YO Fillies
Oct 3 $1,000,000 Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) 3YO's and up
Oct 3 $150,000 Woodford (G3) presented by Keeneland Select 3YOs and Up
Oct 3 $250,000 Thoroughbred Club of America (G2) 3YOs and up
Oct 3 $400,000 First Lady (G1) 3YOs and up
Oct 3 $500,000 Claiborne Breeders' Futurity (G1) 2YOs
Oct 4 $250,000 Dixiana Bourbon Stakes (G3) 2YOs
Oct 4 $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster (G1) 3YOs and up
Oct 7 $150,000 JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G3) 2YO Fillies
Oct 9 $100,000 Buffalo Trace Franklin County (L) 3YOs and up
Oct 10 $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1) presented by Lane's End 3YO Fillies
Oct 15 $100,000 Sycamore (G3) 3YOs and up
Oct 17 $250,000 Lexus Raven Run (G2) 3YO Fillies
Oct 18 $125,000 Rood & Riddle Dowager (G3) 3YOs and up
Oct 24 $150,000 Pin Oak Valley View (G3) 3YO Fillies
Oct 29 $100,000 Lafayette Presented by Keeneland Select 3YOs and up
Oct 30 $100,000 Bryan Station 3YOs
Oct 30 $200,000 Hagyard Fayette Stakes (G2) 3YOs and up
Oct 30 $200,000 Marathon (G2) 3YOs and up
Oct 31 $100,000 Fort Springs 3YO Fillies
Oct 31 $100,000 Juvenile Dirt Sprint 2YOs
Oct 31 $100,000 Perryville 3yo

As the highlight of the 2015 racing season, the Breeders' Cup will add its time-honored sophistication and extravagant quality to the Keeneland racetrack. The best Thoroughbreds, their trainers and jockeys from around the world will gather in Central Kentucky for the weekend of October 29-31. The races are set to be magnificent, and with $26 million in prize money, the arena will be buzzing with pride and anticipation.

In celebration of the Breeders' Cup 2015 World Championships, Keeneland presents a guided tour of the Keeneland Paddock, Grandstand and morning workouts. Racing enthusiasts will get insights into the interwoven history of Keeneland and the Breeders’ Cup, as well as the chance to have their photo taken with a duplicate Breeders' Cup trophy in the Keeneland winner's circle.

Tours are offered Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Visitors can purchase their tickets online or at the Keeneland ticket office. Please note that tours are limited to 30 persons, so visitors are advised to get their tickets in advance.


The Breeders' Cup's debut at Keeneland race track this year is significant, as the idea for the championships was originally conceived in Central Kentucky. During the 1982 awards luncheon for the Kentucky Derby Festival, John R. Gaines - a leading Thoroughbred owner and breeder - proposed a series of Grade I Thoroughbred horse races that would enhance the sport's image. Although the racing community doubted the success of the proposed tournament at first, the Breeders' Cup was eventually launched in 1984 under management of Breeders' Cup Limited. Surprisingly, it exceeded all expectations; the Breeders' Cup went on to become a fan favorite and attract the best bloodstock and their jockeys locally and abroad.

Between 1984 and 2006, all stakes of the Breeders' Cup took place in one day. As the Cup's popularity increased in the 2000s, the races were expanded to two days for the October 2008 World Championships and onward.