2020 Breeders’ Cup to be held with no spectators

The 2020 Breeders Cup will be held at Keeneland.


LEXINGTON, KY (WTVQ) – Considered the final race in the grand slam of horse racing, the 2020 Breeders’ Cup will be held without fans. The race is to be held at Keeneland this year on November 6 and 7. In 2015 over two days, the Breeders’ Cup brought in more than 95,000 spectators

Breeders’ Cup CEO Drew Fleming pinned the below letter to racing fans.

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“To the fans and supporters of Breeders’ Cup,

From the moment the COVID-19 pandemic began changing the world as we know it, we have been closely monitoring the evolving pandemic and its potential impact on the 2020 Breeders’ Cup World Championships. The health and safety of our fans, participants, employees, athletes and the public at large have always been our top priorities and continue to guide all of our decisions. In recent weeks, and in working closely with Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear, local officials and public health experts, it has become clear that to accomplish these goals we must alter our plans for the upcoming World Championships.

As such, we have made the difficult decision to conduct the 2020 World Championships without fans in attendance. I can assure you that this decision was not made lightly and that I am just as disappointed about these unfortunate circumstances as anyone, given that this unusual year will mark my first Breeders’ Cup as President and CEO. However, especially considering the international nature of the event, we simply cannot jeopardize the health and safety of our fans and the local Lexington community.

We sincerely apologize for this inconvenience and thank you for your patience as we fully assessed all available options. All 2020 ticket purchasers will be receiving a full refund and can click here for complete refund information.

Looking ahead, today we also announced that the Breeders’ Cup World Championships will be returning to Keeneland in 2022. The local community and loyal fans like you deserve the opportunity to experience the event at its full potential and we are delighted to be coming back to Lexington in just two short years.

No one could have predicted the uncertain times we find ourselves in today. While we are disappointed by these developments, we recognize the need to be responsible citizens and to do our part to take care of one another. We are still committed to showcasing the world’s best racing and creating a thrilling event for all our fans worldwide to view from home. Our team is working hard with our partners at NBC Sports to deliver exciting and unique enhancements to the at-home viewing experience for the 2020 World Championships. We look forward to sharing those with you on November 6 and 7. While you will not be able to be at Keeneland, we will do our best to bring Keeneland to you.

We hope that you and your family are, and remain, healthy and safe, and we thank you again for being a loyal fan of the Breeders’ Cup. We look forward to welcoming you to experience the Breeders’ Cup World Championships in person again when the time is right.”

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Bryan Kennedy hails from the Bluegrass State. He was born and raised in Owensboro, KY where he graduated from Apollo High School in 2006. Bryan graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Spanish in 2010. He also received his master's degree in Sports Media and Branding from Western Kentucky University. While at UK, Bryan was the general manager of the on-campus TV station. He also did sports reporting, anchoring, producing and even the weather for UK Student News Network. While working for UKSNN, he also had the pleasure of covering Coach John Calipari's first press conference when he was introduced as the new head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats; easily one of his favorite moments as a young sports reporter. Before coming to ABC 36, Bryan was a morning anchor and reporter at WXXV News 25, our sister station in Gulfport, MS. He anchored more than four hours of news every day, including morning shows on NBC and Fox. While down south, Bryan had the opportunity to cover the Sugar Bowl, New Orleans Saints and the New Orleans Pelicans. After spending a little more than two years at WXXV, Bryan is extremely excited to return home. In his spare time, Bryan enjoys playing sports, especially rugby. He also enjoys crossfitting and watching sports (obviously). He's extremely excited to cover Central Kentucky. Feel free to say hello and send story ideas toBKennedy@wtvq.com