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Keeneland's Fall Meet could set the stage for Breeders' Cup 2015

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A soggy day at Keeneland won't stop preparation for the big Fall Meet.

As the esteemed race track gets a good cleaning by Mother Nature, workers at Keeneland are racing against the clock to make the upcoming days an event to remember.

The 17-day meet starts Friday and about 250,000 people are expected to attend.

But that number could multiply because it's leading up to the historic Breeders' Cup World Championships.

"I think it's going to have an excitement attached to it that no place else in the United States could ever begin to experience," said Bill Thomason, President and CEO of Keeneland.

It's the first time the Breeders’ Cup will be held at Keeneland, and track officials are pulling out all the stops to make it the place to be in the month of October.

"Everything about the horse industry that is good is going to be happening at this very special place," said Thomason. "We have added 10,000 seats to our normal seating capacity at Keeneland, with all luxury accommodations in various locations."

Triple Crown winner American Pharoah is expected to end his racing career at the Breeders' Cup Classic.

His star power is enough to make people anxious to be at the racetrack.

But having a successful Fall Meet is the first objective at Keeneland because it could be a clear indication of a world class Breeders’ Cup to come.

"We're pretty good at racing against the clock,” said Thomason.  "We're ready to go."

The Fall Meet starts Friday, Oct. 2 and runs through Saturday, Oct. 24.

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