Keeneland Host Committee Announced for 2015 Breeders' Cup World Championships

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 25, 2014) – The Breeders’ Cup announced today the formation of the 2015 Keeneland Host Committee for next year’s World Championships, to be held at Keeneland Race Course, October 30-31, 2015.

The Host Committee, which comprises a diverse cross section of leadership from the public and private sectors, will be responsible for creating and coordinating events and activities to supplement the 2015 Breeders’ Cup, marking the first time in the event’s 31 years that it will be held at Keeneland, located in the heart of Bluegrass Country and the Thoroughbred breeding community.

The Keeneland Host Committee will work closely with Breeders’ Cup, Keeneland and local officials in building a diverse network of sponsors, media and logistical partnerships in support of these events, along with hospitality and special programs in the community.

The first meeting of the 2015 Keeneland Host Committee will be on Aug. 28.

“The Breeders’ Cup will be the greatest international event to come to our area, and it is our goal to provide a world-class experience in our city and region for our guests coming from across America and overseas, as well as for our local patrons,” said Kip Cornett, chairman of the 2015 Keeneland Host Committee and president of CORNETT.  “It is our job to pull together the valued resources of these terrific individuals to help put on a great show.”

“We have already been greatly flattered by the level of excitement and enthusiasm in the Lexington community for next year’s Breeders’ Cup,” said Craig Fravel, president and CEO of Breeders’ Cup Ltd.  “The 2015 Host Committee will provide an outstanding level of expertise, dedication and enthusiasm in organizing exciting events and hospitality services for our horsemen and international guests coming to the World Championships.”

“Keeneland has the best fans in the world; their passion for racing is second to none,” said Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason. “We want the 2015 Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland to be an opportunity to showcase the Central Kentucky community, and to involve our great fans in this championship event. The 2015 Host Committee taps the talents of a range of community and horse industry leaders to create a celebration of all that we love about the Bluegrass.”


The 2015 Keeneland Host Committee is as follows:

Rasheeda Al-Amin – Director of the Lyric Theater

Ann Bakhaus – Kentucky Eagle Beer

Price Bell – Nicoma Bloodstock

Chuck Creacy – Owner, Smiley Pete Publications

Pat Dalbey – President, NBC Affiliate WLEX-TV

Luther Deaton - President, Central Bank

Brooks Downing – Bluegrass Sports Commission

Rufus Friday – Publisher, Lexington Herald-Leader

Thomas Gaines – Gaines-Gentry Thoroughbreds

Greg Goodman – Mt. Brilliant Farm

Steve Grossman – Triangle Foundation

Walker Hancock – Claiborne Farm

Tom Harris – Vice-President of External Affairs, Office of the President, UK

Lori Houlihan – Special Events Liason, Office of the Mayor, Lexington

Bret Jones – Airdrie Stud

Michael Jordan – Director, Clear Channel Communications

Ed Lane - The Lane Report, LFUCG Council member

Mike Levy – Muirfield Insurance

Bruce Lunsford – Lunsford Capital

Alston Kerr - Kentucky Horse Park

Wayne Martin – Television Executive

Christa Marrillia – Director of Marketing, Keeneland Association

Dave O’Neil – Property Value Administrator

DeWayne Peevy – Deputy Director of Athletics, UKAA

Mary Quinn Ramer – VisitLex

David Royse - Partner, Stoll Keenon Ogden

Griffin Van Meter – Owner of Bullhorn, Community Leader

Woodford Webb – The Webb Companies

More individuals will be added to the Host Committee in the coming weeks.


About Breeders’ Cup

The Breeders’ Cup administers the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Thoroughbred racing’s year-end Championships. The Breeders’ Cup also administers the Breeders’ Cup Challenge qualifying series, which provides automatic starting positions into the Championships races. The 2014 World Championships will be held at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., on Oct. 31-Nov. 1, and will be televised live on the NBC Sports Network and NBC in the US. The $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic will be shown live and in primetime on NBC. Breeders’ Cup press releases appear on the Breeders’ Cup Web site, You can also follow the Breeders’ Cup on social media platforms, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.



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