Breeders’ Cup 2020 Keeneland – Complete Guide & Travel

Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, CA, USA Start Date: 06/11/2020 End Date: 07/11/2020

The Race 0f the Champions

Welcome to the Breeders’ Cup 2020 Guide for Keeneland. This is you need to know:

The Racecourse | Dress Code | Travel

After this guide, you’ll be ready for Breeders’ Cup 2020. See what it’s about.

Notice: No racing fans will be allowed in Keeneland racetrack due to COVID-19.

Breeders’ Cup – The Race Of Champions

The Breeders’ Cup is a two-day festival of top International racing with 14 Championship races on turf and dirt. The venue alters every season but it has only been staged once outside of the United States when it was held at the Woodbine Racetrack in Canada in 1996.

  • Breeders’ Cup 2020 dates are November 6th – 7th | Friday and Saturday
  • The  Breeders’ Classic Race is on Saturday, November 7th  | 5:13PM | EST standard time
  • Notice: No racing fans will be allowed in Keeneland racetrack due to COVID-19.

There is always a strong European challenge and they have been increasingly successful, particularly in the turf races. The meeting was first staged in 1984 as a single day but was extended to two in 2007. The Blue Riband event is the $5 million Classic that brings the meeting to a close.

Breeders’ Cup Highlight Moments

Highlights include victory for Cigar in 1995 and a heart-breaking first and only defeat for Zenyatta in 2010. In the same year, the French-trained mare Goldikova became the most successful horse in the history of the Breeders’ Cup when she took the mile for a third consecutive season.

Keeneland Racecourse – What To Expect?

Keeneland racecourse may not be the same size as Churchill Downs, but you can expect a top facility with fine dining and a fantastic turf. The Grand Stand has 5 levels and roughly 15,000 seats, and other race track commodities such as:

  • Clubhouse
  • Concessions and Bars
  • North terrace

Keeneland’s’ principle race is the Blue Grass Stakes Grade II in April, with a purse of $1,000,000. You’ll also find The Kentucky racecourse is considered to be one of the best racecourses in the world and voted no.1 in 2009 across the US.

Memorable Breeders’ Cup Races at Keeneland

One of the most recent memories (and greatest), was American Pharaoh’s Breeders’ Cup Classic win in 2015. After claiming the prestige Triple Crown (Kentucky Derby, Preakness, Belmont), American Pharaoh had his final race before retirement. The race was the only Breeders’ Cup Classic in Keeneland to date. Will 2020 see another grand slam race?

Keeneland Racing History

Keeneland Racecourse opened its gates from 1936 owned then by Jack Keene, as a non-profit race. 1984 was a historic moment, with a visit from Queen Elizabeth the second, which led to the Queen Elizabeth Challenge Cup Stakes. In 1986 Keeneland has become renowned as an official historical landmark by the National Register of Historic Places.

Where is the best place to watch Breeders’ Cup in Keeneland?

You have 2 main options to watch the races:

  • At the grounds
  • At the grandstand

If you’re on the grounds, the atmosphere is much more vibrant, but the view is much more limited.

If you’re at the grandstand (from level 2 up to 5), you’ll see the race much with a better view, but the atmosphere is more relaxed.

I would choose the grandstand, but that’s because watching the races is an important aspect for me.

What is the dress code in Keeneland for the Breeders’ Cup?

Keeneland has a mixed dress code of casual, casual business, and formal. Anywhere that’s not the grandstand, the dress code is light casual, such as jeans and a t-shirt. In contrast, the grandstand has 2 dress codes:

  • Business casual
  • Business formal

Business casual means no jeans and a t-shirt, but a sports jacket and a dress can fit right in. If you’re reserving a place at the Phoenix Dining Room or the Saddling Paddock Chalet, notice your business casual wear most be modest. These are the exact dress codes stated from Keeneland regarding the latterly two dining rooms:


Collared shirts, slacks, and dress shoes.


Clothing of comparable formality to gentlemen.

Not Permitted

Denim – regardless of color, slacks that are designed to resemble jeans, shorts (including rompers), clothing, or shoes that resemble athletic attire, flip-flops, abbreviated, or revealing attire.

*Dress code rules do not apply to children 12 and under.”

Business formal means a complete suit, and for the ladies, it’s advised to wear a formal dress. The code applies to the Lexington/Kentucky Dining Room and other VIP areas in Keeneland. The official dress codes from Keeneland states:


Suits or sport coats, dress slacks, dress shirt with collar and tie. Dress shoes and dress socks.


Clothing of comparable formality to gentlemen, including but not limited to skirts, dresses, tailored pantsuit or dress slacks.

Not Permitted

Denim – regardless of color, slacks designed to resemble jeans, shorts (including rompers), clothing or shoes that resemble athletic attire, abbreviated or revealing attire.

*Dress code rules do not apply to children 12 and under.

How much are Breeders’ Cup 2020 Tickets?

In 2019 the tickets for general admission was $15 on Friday and $25 for Saturday. In 2018 the prices for GA were $20 on Friday and $40 on Saturday. Since the tickets haven’t been released yet, the prices for the different venue options vary.

Breeders’ Cup 2020 Classic Recap

The 2020 cup classic will be remembered by Authentic’s glorious run at the final stretch. The favorite Improbable tried to keep up the heat, but to no use. The real winner was Bob Baffert, the trainer of Authentic and Improbable.

  • 1st– Authentic (6/1) | Trainer: B. Baffert | Jockey: J. Velazquez
  • 2nd– Improbable (3/1) | Trainer: B. Baffert | Jockey: I. Ortiz, Jr.
  • 3rd– Global Campaign (33/1) | Trainers: S. Hough | Jockey: J. Castellano

Breeders’ Cup Contenders and Odds 2020

The future wager list has some promising contenders for the Breeder’s Cup Classic 2020. Maximum Security (3/1) and winner of the Kentucky Derby 2020 Authentic (9/2) are leading the odds.

Latest Update: November 7th, 2020.

Race Finished

Pick your contender from the list (Odds from William Hill):

  • Improbable – 3/1
  • Tom’s d’Etat – 7/2 
  • Maximum Security – 9/2
  • Tiz The Law – 9/2
  • Authentic – 6/1 (Winner)
  • By My Standards – 20/1
  • Tacticus – 33/1
  • Global Campaign – 33/1
  • Higher Power – 50/1
  • Title Ready – 80/1
Pick Your Contender


Why Breeders’ Cup 2020?

Breeders’ Cup is one of the best races in the world to attend. Combined with the magnificent Keeneland racecourse, there’s no better horse race in November (expect Melbourne Cup).

Tickets sell quickly for the Breeders’ Cup. Don’t delay – reserve your tickets for today!

Breeders’ Cup Travel

When Was The Breeders’ Cup in Keeneland?

In 2015. This was the only Breeders’ Cup in Keeneland (until November 2020).

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