Breeders’ Cup coverage

// <![CDATA[</p><p>_psEmbed(“”);</p><p>// ]]>

Check out the Kernel’s Breeders’ Cup coverage. Click the links to see photos and updates from the past week.

American Pharoah takes the Classic

By Morgan Lafferty

At 9 a.m. on Saturday morning, the green gates of Keeneland swung open and people dressed to the nines flooded the paddock area for the second day of Breeders’ Cup racing. Read more

Friday full of big wins at Breeders’ Cup

By Sarah Brookbank

As the sun rose on Friday morning the temperature slowly climbed into the 40s, but the cold did not stop thousands of people from filling up Keeneland for the first day of Breeders’ Cup racing. Read more

Thoroughbred pony finds new purpose

By Morgan Lafferty

For $500, Dawn Roe purchased Bart, Smooth Roller’s track pony, in May of this year from a girl who was no longer able  to take care of the horse.

Bart weighed only 700 pounds when Dawn first saw him. He had trust issues, was food aggressive and developed rain rot on his hind end from being left outside. However,  Dawn was not worried about any of that, she wanted to give Bart a good home. Read more

Announcer reflects on career leading up to big day at Keeneland

By Morgan Lafferty

On a chilly, drizzly day in November of 1988, 19-year-old Kurt Becker sat in his parent’s barn-style living room watching the Breeders’ Cup races. Coming from a family in the Standardbred business, his parents were puzzled by Becker’s interest in thoroughbred racing but never discouraged it. Becker watched, eyes glued to the television as Alysheba took over the field with Tom Durkin’s voice announcing, “Alysheba wins the world’s richest horse race and he’s now the richest horse!” Read more

America’s horse comes back to the Bluegrass

By Morgan Lafferty

“Homecoming” might be the perfect word to describe having the Breeders’ Cup in Lexington, especially for American Pharoah.

No other Triple Crown winner in history has ever run his or her last race in Kentucky, making this truly a special race for American Pharoah to be back in the place where it all started. Read more

Keeneland switches to dirt track

By Sarah Brookbank

The Breeders’ Cup has finally made its way home to Lexington and the updated track was a contributing factor.

Before the 2014 Fall Meet, Keeneland switched back to a dirt track after more than seven years of having a synthetic track. Read more

Five generations of equine passion

By Lexington Souers

Horse racing is often about what’s in the blood.

For UK equine management senior, Cian McEntee, and his family horse racing has been in the blood for five generations. Read more

Smooth Roller scratched from Breeders’ Cup

By Morgan Lafferty

Another day down, another scratch from the Breeders’ Cup Classic, as Smooth Roller is now the second horse to be scratched from this $5 million race. Read more

Classic mare Beholder scratches before race

By Morgan Lafferty

The battle between Beholder and Triple Crown winner American Pharoah will no longer be possible. Beholder scratched on Thursday morning due to lung inflammation found after her workout. A vet also found blood after a checkup. Read more

Breeders’ to cause boon

By Sarah Brookbank

As guests and horse enthusiasts pour into the city for the Breeders’ Cup Championship, Lexington and Keeneland prepare for economic growth. Read more

A guide to this weekend’s Breeders’ Cup

By Sarah Brookbank

On Friday and Saturday Lexington will be privy to one of the biggest events in horse racing.

The Breeders’ Cup is heralded as “the super bowl of horse racing,” and will be held for the first time in the horse capital of the world. Read more