The Breeders’ Cup is coming back to Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Ky. on Nov. 6-7 this year; to celebrate horse racing’s World Championships’ return to the Bluegrass State, we have some fast facts about the commonwealth just in time for National Kentucky Day.
1. The state horse is the Thoroughbred.
The measure to adopt the Thoroughbred as the Bluegrass State’s official horse passed in 1996.
2. The Kentucky equine industry has a $6.5 billion annual impact on the commonwealth.
That’s a lot of cash! The equine industry also creates 60,494 jobs in Kentucky.
3. The commonwealth’s official music is bluegrass.
There’s a huge legacy of Bluegrass music; in addition to being the state music, the commonwealth’s official instrument is the Appalachian Dulcimer. Plan your Breeders' Cup playlists accordingly.
4. The last Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland generated $150,574,656 in betting handle.
Handle is the amount of money bet on races. Want to learn more about the Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland? Here you go!
5. Blackberries are the official state fruit.
Want to make the perfect Breeders’ Cup treat and honor the state fruit at the same time? Make a blackberry cobbler and have a good time.
6. There is one horse for every 18 people in Kentucky.
There are more than 238,000 horses in the commonwealth, which has an approximate human population of 4.5 million.