Saturday, October 31, is Halloween and the park won’t let the day pass on Lexington’s Breeders’ Cup year without offering TWO presentations of HalloWhinny, the annual Halloween show, where park horses and their riders are likely to show up as just about any kind of “scary,” funny or quirky dual human/horse costume for the holiday. Held at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the park’s Breeds Barn, park employees and special guests will show off costumes that many have planned all year. HalloWhinny is included in regular park admission.
Kentucky Horse Park
The Kentucky Horse Park will be one of three designated Park-and-Ride Breeders’ Cup locations for ticket holders to be shuttled to Keeneland Oct. 29-31, and will be ADA handicapped accessible. For the Keeneland race event, Prelude to the Cup, on Thursday, Oct. 29, parking passes may be purchased online in advance for $15 per vehicle or onsite for $20. Breeders’ Cup parking passes on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 30-31, may be purchased online in advance for $20 per vehicle or onsite for $25. Parking passes include complimentary shuttle service to and from Keeneland for all vehicle occupants, and free event programs each day.
Walk-up and drive-thru wagering will be available at the Alltech Arena during the CP National Horse Show on Friday-Saturday, Oct. 30-31. Simulcasting on large screen televisions in the Gracie Street Garden will be broadcast inside the Alltech Arena both days of the Breeders’ Cup races on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 30-31. Simulcasting will allow patrons to enjoy all the action at Keeneland while accessing the show jumping action at America’s most prestigious and longest running indoor horse show. Off-site wagering will open one hour before racing begins and close 30 minutes after the last race at Keeneland both days.
Admission to the CP National Horse Show is free on Friday, Oct. 30, until 6 p.m., then admission is $5 on Friday night and $10 for all day on Saturday, Oct. 31. Children 12 and under are free. Park admission is not required and parking will be free of charge all three days for this Breeders’ Cup option at the park. Gracie Street Garden will be open the same hours as the show serving breakfast items, wraps, sandwiches and other pub fare.
The park will also be one of three designated Park-and-Ride Breeders’ Cup locations for ticket holders to be shuttled to Keeneland Oct. 29-31, and will be ADA handicapped accessible. For the Keeneland race event, Prelude to the Cup, on Thursday, Oct. 29, parking passes may be purchased online in advance for $15 per vehicle or onsite for $20. Breeders’ Cup parking passes on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 30-31, may be purchased online in advance for $20 per vehicle or onsite for $25. Parking passes include complimentary shuttle service to and from Keeneland for all vehicle occupants, and free event programs each day.
Please join us on Thursday, October 22nd, at 2:00 pm for the rededication of the Man o’ War – Isaac Murphy Memorial. The event will include the unveiling of the new Isaac Burns Murphy tombstone and grave site, and the Kentucky’s African American Horsemen, and Isaac Burns Murphy interpretive panels.
Isaac Burns Murphy, one of the greatest jockeys racing has ever known and one of Kentucky’s most famous sons, will be honored with special activities focused on his life. On Thursday, Oct. 22, at 2 p.m., the park will unveil a newly engraved headstone for Murphy, who is buried at the park, at the newly renamed Man o’ War – Isaac Burns Murphy Memorial, and pay tribute to this 19th century jockey and Kentucky’s African American horsemen. The event includes Dr. Pellom McDaniels, author of “The Prince of Jockeys: The Life of Isaac Burns Murphy.”
At this event, the park will introduce new interpretive panels at the site - Isaac Burns Murphy and African Americans in Racing, Kentucky’s African American Horsemen - to share their important stories with future park visitors. Murphy’s panels include more accurate information that has recently become available after years of painstaking research by dedicated community leaders. There is no charge for admission.
Lexington Polo is hosting the USPA Amateur Cup Finals at the Kentucky Horse Park on Sunday, September 13th at 1:30 pm.
Lexington Polo is hosting the USPA Amateur Cup Semi Finals at the Kentucky Horse Park on Friday, September 11th at 5:30 pm.
This event features a 5k run along with mini train rides, refreshments, and prize drawings. A food drive will also take place for God’s Pantry and local animal shelters. The first 750 adults registered receive a free souvenir t-shirt, while the first 350 kids registered receive a free holiday souvenir. For more information on the Southern Lights Stroll please call the Kentucky Horse Park at 859-259-4226 or go to http://www.kyhorsepark.com/events/featured-events/southern-lights-stroll.
The Kentucky High School Athletic Association Cross Country Meet is a high school cross-country competition. A small fee will be charged to spectators of the event. For more information on the Kentucky High School Athletic Association Cross Country Meet please call 859-299-5472 or go to www.khsaa.org. Photo courtesy of KHSAA.
The Lexington Catholic Cross Country Invitational is a high school cross country competition hosted by Lexington Catholic High School. A small fee will be charged to spectators that will benefit the high school. For more information about the Lexington Catholic Cross Country Invitational please call (859)-276-5086 or visit www.ktccca.org.
The National Drive is a 6-day event devoted to recreational equine driving. This event is the largest gathering of recreational equine drivers in North America. Highlighting the event is a series of clinics, demonstrations and private driving lessons featuring some of the nation’s most prominent clinicians and driving experts. Participants are able to drive their horses throughout the park from dawn until dusk. For more information on the National Drive please visithttp://www.nationaldrive.net or call Mike Lyon at (931) 492-0154.