Lexington, KY -- Beginning this evening the 1899 Fayette County Courthouse, located in the heart of downtown Lexington, will be illuminated in celebration of the 2015 Keeneland Fall Race Meet and the Breeders' Cup Championships.

The Lexington Downtown Development Authority (LDDA), VisitLEX and Keeneland are responsible for the illumination of the 1899 Fayette County Courthouse. Featuring ‘Keeneland green' throughout the race meet then ‘Big Lex blue' and ‘Breeders' Cup purple' during the KentuckyOne Health Breeders' Cup Festival Week will bring excitement into the downtown area and serve as a nice compliment to the enhancements along Short Street.

"This building has long stood as the most notable landmark of Lexington. Illuminating the magnificent 1899 Fayette County Courthouse is a way to celebrate the momentum of investment happening in the center of Lexington," said Jeff Fugate, president, Lexington Downtown Development Authority.

Vince Gabbert, Keeneland vice president and chief operating officer stated: "The illumination of the old courthouse is the perfect way to celebrate the kick-off of Keeneland's fall racing season and the homecoming of the Breeders' Cup World Championships.  Keeneland appreciates the efforts of the LDDA, VisitLEX and the city of Lexington to enhance the downtown experience for our out-of-town guests and the community." 

"The enhanced pedestrian corridor along Short Street and the illumination of the old courthouse are two shining examples of how Lexington community organizations and private entities can work together to welcome our visitors. October is always an exciting time to be in Lexington, and we look forward to hosting visitors from across the globe for the fall race meet at Keeneland and for the Breeders' Cup Championships", said Mary Quinn Ramer, president VisitLEX.