Sophisticated Living Indianapolis

JAN-FEB 2016

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For centuries, the color purple has been associated with royalty, power and wealth. It was only fitting then that the color played prominently on the chrysanthemum blanket that was draped over the withers of American Pharaoh following the thoroughbred's wire-to-wire win against accomplished older horses at the Breeder's Cup Classic on October 31st at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, KY. Te decisive victory for the frst Triple Crown winner in 37 years made it the frst horse to capture horse racing's Grand Slam. Despite concerns over the historic racecourse's diminutive size in comparison with other tracks that have hosted past Breeder's Cup races, Keeneland easily accommodated the nearly 100,000 racing fans from around the globe who were in attendance over the weekend of racing. "Te 2015 Breeders' Cup proved to be a resounding success in so many ways, but it starts with the remarkable work from the management and staf at Keeneland, whose attention to detail and superb execution created a spectacular racing event for all," said Craig Fravel, Breeders' Cup President and CEO. "We also thank the Lexington business community and to the KentuckyOne Health Breeders' Cup Festival for their dedication and commitment in support of the worldwide guests attending the Championships." American Pharaoh captures horse racing's frst "Grand Slam" at the Breeder's Cup PUR PLE R EIGN Written by Bridget Williams Photography by Tony Bailey 33

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