Breeders’ Cup founder inducted into Thoroughbred Park’s Hall of Fame


Thousands of people from around the world will be coming to Lexington for the Breeders’ Cup.

But none of that would be possible if it weren’t for the late, John Gaines, who came up with the idea.

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He was honored Monday morning in Lexington. Gaines was the 46th inductee into the Thoroughbred Park Hall of Fame.

Gaines was described as a dreamer and a visionary who wouldn’t settle for anything less than the best. He’s considered one of the Thoroughbred industry’s finest leaders.

In 1984, when the Breeders’ Cup started, it was a one-day, seven-race event. The now two-day, $25 million championships bring in the best horses, trainers and owners from around the world.

“While it may take one remarkable man to dream those dreams and then go make them happen, the Breeders’ Cup at its core is a real life story of what can be accomplished when a few individuals and then an industry unite behind a powerful dream,” said Thomas Gaines, the founder’s son.

Breeders’ Cup is this Friday and Saturday at Keeneland but festivities are going on all week throughout Lexington.