LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Soon the world's horse racing capitol will host the world championships, the Breeders' Cup. Churchill Downs is tweaking plans and preparing the track for next weekend's race.
More than 71,000 fans watched as the undefeated racing phenomenon Zenyatta lost by a head in 2010. Without a major star thoroughbred this year, WAVE 3 wanted to know if the track will be able to attract the casual racing fan when Churchill Downs hosts the Breeders' Cup November 4 and 5.
"We're very pleased with where we are. We feel like we've held up really well given the economy and everything," said Kevin Flanery, Churchill Downs president.
For the first time in its history, the world championships will be held at Churchill Downs in consecutive years. Craig Fravel, the Breeders' Cup president, wouldn't elaborate when the event will return again.
"Right now we haven't made any plans beyond 2012," said Fravel. "There's no big secret we're talking to New York about 2013. Beyond that time frame, we're still working on developing long term strategy about future sites."
The 28th Breeders' Cup will mark a record eighth time that the championships will be held under Twin Spires. Preparations are well underway both inside and outside the track. Come the first weekend of November, you'll notice traffic changes. Below are a list of restrictions and closures provided by the Louisville Metro Police Department:
Restricted Traffic (Permitted vehicles only) from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm on Friday, November 4, 2011 and from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm on Saturday, November 5, 2011
Central Avenue from Taylor Boulevard to Floyd Street
Ninth Street from Central Avenue to Heywood Avenue
Ninth Street from Central Avenue to Homeview Drive
Street Closure from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm on Saturday, November 5, 2011
Fourth Street from Heywood Avenue to Oakdale Avenue
No Parking Areas from 8:00 am on Friday, November 4 , 2011 until 9:00 pm on Saturday, November 5 , 2011
Central Avenue from Taylor Blvd to Ninth Street
Third Street from the Watterson Expressway to Cardinal Blvd.
Fourth Street from Central Avenue to Longfield Avenue
Fifth Street from Longfield Avenue to Florence Avenue
Bohannon Avenue from Central Avenue to Queen Avenue
Homeview Drive from Ninth Street to Taylor Boulevard
Longfield Avenue from Taylor Blvd. to Fourth Street
Oakdale Avenue from Fourth Street to Southern Parkway
Queen Avenue from Taylor Blvd. to Churchill Downs Gate
Racine Avenue from Ninth Street to Taylor Boulevard
Southern Parkway from Oakdale Avenue to Southern Heights Avenue
Taylor Boulevard from Winkler Avenue to Watterson Expressway
Winkler Avenue from Third Street to Rodman Street
Winn Avenue from Fourth Street to Southern Parkway
Wizard Avenue from Longfield Avenue to Queen Avenue
Warren Avenue from Oleanda Avenue to Homeview Avenue
Oleanda Avenue from Wizard Avenue to Warren Avenue
Floyd Street from Warnock Street to Park Blvd.
Dearcy Avenue from Longfield Avenue to Queen Avenue
Thornberry Avenue from Taylor Blvd. to Warren Avenue
Kenton Avenue from Fifth Street to Southern Parkway
Evelyn Avenue from Fifth Street to Southern Parkway
Fairmont Avenue from Fifth Street to Southern Parkway
Whitney Avenue from Fifth Street to Southern Parkway
Lansing Avenue from Fifth Street to Southern Parkway
Fifth Street from Longfield Avenue to Fairmont Avenue
Fourth Street from Longfield Avenue to Winn Avenue
Helm Street from Boxley Avenue to Central Avenue
Farmington Avenue from Floyd Street to Crittenden Drive
Burton Avenue from Ninth Street to Taylor Blvd. (south side only)
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