The Breeders' Cup Ladies Classic (gr. I) will be run under lights for the first time when the World Championships are held at Churchill Downs this fall, it was announced May 26.
The two-day championships will be held Nov. 5-6, with the Friday program beginning at 2 p.m. ET and finishing under the lights at approximately 7:30 p.m. with the $2 million Ladies’ Classic. Saturday’s card will begin at 12:05 p.m. and conclude with the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I) at 6:45 p.m.
“With the large, passionate base of racing fans in Kentucky and its magnificent facility, Churchill Downs is always one of the most popular venues for our Championships," said Breeders' Cup president and CEO Greg Avioli. “We're very excited to be running one of our premier races under the lights on Friday and to be staging two days of the finest racing in the world in our home state.”
Tickets for the Breeders’ Cup will go on sale at 12 p.m. ET Saturday, June 5. Fans will be able to purchase single day tickets for either Friday or Saturday programs, or take advantage of bundled seating and dining packages for both days of the Championships.
• All fans may register at www.breederscup.com/tickets to be eligible for the “Ticket Pre-Sale” and “VIP Sweepstakes.” The ticket pre-sale will be offered from May 31-June 4. The VIP Sweepstakes will also close on June 4. All details can be found at www.breederscup.com/tickets.
• A variety of seat choices exist, with ticket prices on Championship Friday for Reserved Grandstand and Clubhouse ranging from $20-$75 and on Championship Saturday from $40-$150. There are also bundled two-day packages available for Reserved Grandstand, Clubhouse Box seating and Premium Dining areas (Skye Terrace and Millionaires Row).
• General Admission tickets will go on sale beginning Oct. 5 for online purchase only. The online price for Championship Friday will be $10. General Admission online price on Championship Saturday is $20. Patrons will be able to print their tickets at home and bring them to the track for admission. General admission prices at the gate on Championship Friday will be $15 and $25 on Championship Saturday.
“Churchill Downs, residents of Metro Louisville, and the entire region are anticipating the return of the Breeders’ Cup and our first opportunity to enjoy the Championships as a two-day event,” said Kevin Flanery, president of Churchill Downs. “Much Breeders’ Cup history has been made beneath our track’s signature Twin Spires in its record six previous visits to Churchill Downs, and the running of the first Breeders’ Cup races under our new permanent lights on Friday will be another first-of-its-kind experience. We look forward to welcoming the world for a seventh time to the Breeders’ Cup Championships.”
Fans will be able to purchase tickets in two ways this year:
They can go to www.breederscup.com/tickets to access the online ticket system by Seat Advisor Box Office (SABO), which allows purchasers to view seat locations and buy their tickets in a fast, efficient manner. Those without online access can purchase tickets by telephone by calling toll-free at (877) TIX-4CUP.