Breeder’s Cup 2020 Comes to Lexington

Breeders Cup 2020 Comes to Lexington

This year the Breeder’s Cup came to Keeneland! Unfortunately it came in 2020, with all the Covid-19 restrictions. Although Covid-19 the Breeder’s Cup still brought excitement to the city.

Because of the ongoing pandemic, this year’s event unfortunately went on without any fans. In a recent letter the President and CEO of the Breeder’s Cup, Drew Fleming said just that, “We have made the difficult decision to conduct the 2020 World Championships without fans in attendance.” Drew Fleming also stated that, “Looking ahead, today we also announced that the Breeders’ Cup World Championships will be returning to Keeneland in 2022.”

Authentic was the 2020 Breeder’s Cup winner. Prior to the Breeder’s cup win Authentic won the 2020 Kentucky Derby. After two high profile wins,  Authentic’s trainer Bob Baffert decided it was time for the horse retired. Bob Baffert described the amazing animal. “He never had a bad day. He never had an issue.” Baffert continued on to say, “He really enjoyed his work and wanted to run fast every day. In that way, he was easy to train.” Authentic retired at Spendthrift Farm here in Lexington November 9.

LCA teacher Anga Brown and her husband James Brown had the opportunity to attend the Breeder’s Cup. The only way you could get into Keeneland was having some connection to a horse. The Browns noted some advantages to all of the restrictions in place, “COVID kept the crowds down which created short lines for food and drinks, as well as the restrooms. There weren’t any in-person tellers, so you mainly voted on your phone.” They added, “We felt very safe with all of Keeneland’s COVID protocols. People wore masks and socially distanced.  The weather was beautiful and Keeneland always does a great job at hosting!”

Despite all the differences this year, everyone is so thankful that the Breeder’s Cup returned to Lexington and that it will be back at Keeneland in 2022. Again Drew Fleming states, “We look forward to welcoming you to experience the Breeders’ Cup World Championships in person again when the time is right.”