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Breeders' Cup Expected To Return To Keeneland Race Course In '15
Published June 18, 2014
BIGGER ISN'T ALWAYS BETTER: DAILY RACING FORM's Matt Hegarty noted Keeneland this year decided to "rip out its artificial surface in favor of a return to a dirt track, with installation complete by the fall meet this year." The artificial surface was "first installed at the track in 2006, and its fatality rate dropped sharply." Breeders’ Cup BOD members several years ago decided that they "favored siting the event at tracks with dirt surfaces on the main track." Del Mar "plans to replace its artificial surface with a dirt track after the close" of its '14 meet. The track also is "currently widening its turf course to accommodate 14 runners, considered a necessity for holding the Breeders’ Cup" (DRF.com, 6/17). In Lexington, John Clay writes picking Keeneland and Del Mar is "a bit of a departure for the Breeders' Cup, which with a few exceptions has relied on big city/big track venues" for the grand event. Yet choosing "smaller, more intimate tracks is a welcome change." Racing is "desperately trying to attract young people." Clay: "All you have to do is walk around Keeneland on a racing weekend to know the track has accomplished that" (LEXINGTON HERALD-LEADER, 6/18).