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Post positions announced; final preps underway for Breeders' Cup at Keeneland

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The rush is on to get ready for the Breeders’ Cup races as 45,000 people are expected to pack Keeneland on both Friday and Saturday.

A familiar name will hit the track Saturday for the Breeders' Cup Classic.

“Not only do we have American Pharoah -- the best horse in America -- but we have Golden Horn, who is the best horse in Europe, so we literally have the two best horses in the world in terms of rankings, showing up here next Saturday. That's got the whole town abuzz,” said Bob Elliston, Chief Operating Officer for the Breeders’ Cup.

It's the first time a Triple Crown winner will be part of the Breeders' Cup.

“Affirmed in '78'. The Breeders' Cup didn't start until '84, so this is the first time for the elusive Grand Slam as we're calling it now,” said Elliston.

Finishing touches are now underway to get everything ready for the event.

On Monday, post positions were selected for the horses.

To see a list of contenders and positions, click here.

Meanwhile, extra seating and chalets have been added around the track to accommodate more fans.

Limited tickets are still available for purchase, and there are still plenty of tickets available to tailgate outside.

You must have a parking permit to park at Keeneland. For details on where to park, click here.

This is the first time the track has hosted this major sporting event.

Breeders' Cup organizers say they've already hit a home run, making it a possibility for the track to host the event again in the future.

“The capabilities of the management team, ticket sales are gonna set a record here that was previously held by our friends down at Churchill Downs, and thirdly the community has embraced this so much so I certainly wouldn't be shocked if it happened again,” said Elliston.

Full post positions for Breeders' Cup Classic:

  1. Tonalist
  2. Keen ice
  3. Frosted
  4. American Pharoah
  5. Gleneagles
  6. Effinex
  7. Smooth Roller
  8. Hard Aces
  9. Honor Code
  10. Beholder

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