Monday, September 21, 2015

LEXINGTON, Ky. (September 21, 2015) – Commerce Lexington Inc., a member-driven organization promoting economic development, job creation, and overall business growth in Lexington, has been named an official partner of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships.

The Breeders’ Cup, Thoroughbred racing’s most prestigious two-day international event, consisting of 13 races with purses and awards totaling $26 million, will be held for the first time at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, on October 30-31.

As a part of the agreement, Commerce Lexington will offer concierge services to business personnel and international guests attending this year’s event throughout the Lexington area. Representatives of Commerce Lexington will also be onsite at Keeneland during the breakfasts and morning workouts each day assisting the horsemen with hospitality needs. In addition, Commerce Lexington will provide these services at the Apiary, the official downtown hospitality center of the Breeders’ Cup, and at the Taste of the World party, on Thursday night, October 29.

Commerce Lexington will also be promoting community-wide involvement and interaction by securing local business leaders to attend the Breeders’ Cup Post-Position Draw presented by Rood & Riddle on Monday, October 26 in the Maker’s Mark Bourbon Lounge at Keeneland.

“We welcome the Commerce Lexington partnership for this year’s World Championships and salute their commitment to provide concierge and hospitality services at our facilities and official events,” said Craig Fravel, Breeders’ Cup President and CEO. “We have been very pleased with the enthusiastic support from the Lexington business community, which is an essential part of managing an international event of this magnitude to proceed smoothly and efficiently.”

Commerce Lexington Inc. President and CEO, Bob Quick, CCE, said, “We are so excited to partner with the Breeders’ Cup during this great opportunity to showcase Lexington and the Bluegrass Region to the world. We look forward to telling our story to the many international guests and horsemen, who will descend on historic Keeneland in late October. Lexington is accustomed to bringing home championships, so it is indeed fitting that our city will host the World Championships of Thoroughbred racing for the first time.”

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 2015 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, consisting of 13 Grade 1 races and purses totaling $26 million, will be held October 30-31 at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Ky., and will be televised live by the NBC Sports Group. 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.

About Commerce Lexington Inc.

Commerce Lexington Inc. is a 1,700 member-driven organization that seeks to promote economic development, job creation, and overall business growth in Lexington and its neighboring communities, while strengthening its existing businesses through its many programs and services. Commerce Lexington Inc.'s ECONOMIC FOCUS centers on promoting entrepreneurial start-ups, business expansion and retention, and new job creation; workforce development; connecting people and businesses; advocacy; community, minority, and small business development; and the cultivation of local and regional leadership. Learn more about Lexington and the many great business attributes at