Fans Come From All Over for Keeneland Breeders Cup

Oct 30, 2015

Early crowd gathers at the Keeneland paddock on day one of Breeders Cup
Credit Stu Johnson / WEKU News

Racing fans came out in large numbers Friday for the first four races in 2015’s end-of-year championships.  Among them was Bud Ferguson from Lombard Illinois, just outside Chicago.  He won in an earlier race and told WEKU’S Stu Johnson he expects an upset in Saturday’s final race, the Breeder’s Cup Classic.

“Do you think American Pharoah’s gonna do it?,” asked Johnson.

“No, I think this Irish colt, Glenn Eagles, trained by Aidan O’Brian and ridden by Ryan Moore.  He’s number one in Europe. I think he’s gonna take it,” said Ferguson.

The number of spectators increased as the afternoon wore on.  Atlanta’s John Newton and his wife Diane were fortunate to have a bench seat not far from the track.  Diane was impressed with the Keeneland facility, “Beautiful, love it. And love the idea that it does not have a casino attached to it.  It’s a horse track.”

The Newtons have been to two other Breeders Cup events, one in Louisville and the other in Miami, Florida. 

Among younger fans at the races was 14-year-old Joey Willming of Evansville, Indiana.  He plays Lacross, but enjoys horse racing as well.  Joey’s brother, Jackson plays baseball and he says he can’t compare one sport to another. 

An even bigger crowd is anticipated at Keeneland Saturday for the nine final Breeder’s Cup races.  They include the much-anticipated Classic.  It’s expected to be last race for Triple Crown winner American Pharoah.