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Breeders' Cup Week kicks off with fireworks show in Lexington

Posted at 10:36 AM, Nov 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-02 11:52:35-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — If you were in Lexington on Sunday, November 1, you could probably hear the fireworks.

The fireworks mark the start of the Breeders' Cup. Races will begin Friday, November 6, and even though fans are not allowed in, there will be events the public can participate in.

Like the firework show, which started at 6:30 on Sunday, parking was free, and there was music synced to the show courtesy of 92.1 FM.

Starting Wednesday, Lexington will be filled with music. 140 musicians are set to perform around the city.

The original plan for the start of the Breeders' Cup was to kick off with a home basketball game at Rupp Arena, but Kip Cornett, the Chair of the Breeders' Cup Festival Committee, says they are excited for the events they can still host this year.

"We've done the best we can with the cards we are dealt... we're hoping that people still celebrate the week but in a safe and responsible manner."

Lexington native Debbie Tudor says she attended the Breeders' Cup in 2015 when Lexington hosted for the first time. She's disappointed she won't be allowed into Keeneland this year but is still excited about what she can participate in. "That's why we are here tonight, we can't wait to hear the music with the fireworks, and purple rain over Lexington sounds lovely, and so we are excited to do whatever we can do," said Tudor.

Keeneland is set to host the Breeders' Cup again in 2022.

For the Breeders' Cup, you can live stream and wager online here.