Breeders’ Cup founder honored at Thoroughbred Park

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – As part of a series of events around the city building up to the Breeders’ Cup, John Gaines – the founder of the Breeders’ Cup – had a plaque dedicated to him and was inducted into the Hall of Fame during a ceremony in Lexington at Thoroughbred Park.

Gaines was described as a dreamer and a visionary during the dedication, a man who wouldn’t settle for anything less than the best.  Gaines is considered one of the thoroughbred industry’s finest leaders.  He started the Breeders’ Cup in 1984.  Now the two-day festival is bringing the top horses in the world to Lexington.

Although this is the first time the world championship of horse racing will be held in the horse capitol of the world, it’s considered a homecoming.  They mentioned this morning that 70% of horses that run in the Breeders’ Cup were born within 30 miles of Thoroughbred Park.

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

Gaines is the 46th hall of fame inductee at Thoroughbred Park.  He died in 2005

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