With Lexington hosting the world championships of Thoroughbred racing for the first time, the Kentucky Horse Park will be offering simulcasting and off-site wagering for the 2015 Breeders' Cup races along with additional activities to add to the week's excitement.
Indoor and drive-thru wagering will be available at the Alltech Arena during the CP National Horse Show Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 29-31. Simulcasting will be broadcast inside the Alltech Arena exhibition hall all three days with the Keeneland race card on Thursday, Oct. 29, and the Breeders' Cup races on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 30-31. Patrons can enjoy all the action from Keeneland while also enjoying world-class show jumping action at America's most prestigious and longest-running indoor horse show. Off-site wagering will open one hour before racing begins and close 30 minutes after the last race at Keeneland each of the three days.
Admission to the CP National Horse Show is free on Thursday, Oct. 29, and free on Friday, Oct. 30, until 6 p.m. Admission is $5 on Friday night and $10 for all day on Saturday, Oct. 31. Children 12 and under are free. Park admission is not required and parking will be free of charge all three days for this Breeders' Cup option. Food will also be available including breakfast items, wraps, sandwiches and other pub fare.
The park will also be one of three designated Park-and-Ride Breeders' Cup locations for ticket holders to be shuttled to Keeneland Oct. 29-31, and will be handicapped-accessible. For the Keeneland race event, Prelude to the Cup, on Thursday, Oct. 29, parking passes may be purchased online in advance for $15 per vehicle or onsite for $20. Breeders' Cup parking passes on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 30-31, may be purchased online in advance for $20 per vehicle or onsite for $25. Parking passes include complimentary shuttle service to and from Keeneland for all vehicle occupants, and free event programs each day.
In the week leading up to the Breeders' Cup, the park will be engaged in numerous activities. Isaac Burns Murphy, one of the greatest jockeys racing has ever known and one of Kentucky's most famous sons, will be honored on Thursday, Oct. 22, at 2 p.m., when the park will unveil a newly engraved headstone for Murphy, who is buried at the park, at the newly renamed Man o' War - Isaac Burns Murphy Memorial, and pay tribute to this 19th century jockey and Kentucky's African-American horsemen. There is no charge for admission.
Additional activities at the park will include:
• "Equine Treasures of the Bluegrass" exhibition, International Museum of the Horse - through Nov. 1. Included in regular park admission.
• Thoroughbred Makeover - Friday to Sunday, Oct. 23-25. Included in regular park admission. Admission is $15 for the Finale on Sunday, Oct. 25, 12-5 p.m.
• Kentucky for Kentucky 5K Fun Run & Walk - Sunday, Oct. 25, at 2 p.m. Registration is $32.50 per person.
• Cigar Memorial Statue Unveiling - Tuesday, Oct. 27, at 3 p.m. Included in regular park admission.
• CP National Horse Show - Tuesday to Sunday, Oct. 27-Nov. 1. Admission is free Oct. 27-29 and Oct. 30 until 6 p.m. Admission is $5 Friday night, Oct. 30, and $10 for each Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 31, and Nov. 1. Children 12 and under are free.
• HalloWhinny holiday show at the Breeds Barn - Saturday, Oct. 31, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Included in regular park admission.
For more information on the Kentucky Horse Park or any of the events mentioned in this release, call 859-233-4303 or 800-678-8813, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.KyHorsePark.com to see the park's full calendar of events.
The Kentucky Horse Park is open daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. through Nov. 1. Admission is $16 for adults and $8 for children, and includes the Next Day Free. Admission includes the International Museum of the Horse, a Smithsonian Affiliate; and the "Showplace for Saddlebreds" - The American Saddlebred Museum & Gift Shop.