TMS began working with Breeders’ Cup Limited in 2015, partnering with another transportation provider to plan and execute an off-site park-and-ride program for the general public at the Breeders’ Cup World Championships.

The prestigious two-day, 14-race event is the culmination of the annual horse racing season, and it is held at multiple tracks across the U.S., including Keeneland and Churchill Downs in Lexington, Kentucky in Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in Del Mar, California. TMS is now the official transportation provider and partner for the Breeders’ Cup.

  • Location of Project:

    Lexington, KY & Del Mar, CA

  • Work Performed:

    Development of transportation and parking services for a two-day horse racing event

  • Participation:

    Official transportation provider for Breeders’ Cup


Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the Breeders’ Cup hosted between 50,000 to 75,000 attendees at venues in different markets. TMS was responsible for negotiating contracts with third-party partners and planning and executing a robust transportation program – including off-site park-and-ride programs, VIP transportation, and traffic control – that had to be customized to each venue.

Starting in 2020, the pandemic redefined the term “contingency plans” for the event. To meet constantly changing safety concerns and restrictions, TMS and Breeders’ Cup Limited had to work together to develop creative, flexible transportation solutions.

For example, in past years, TMS negotiated, staffed, and operated motorcoaches for VIPs, but many participants weren’t comfortable riding in shared buses in 2020. The client secured a partnership with Lexus to use a fleet of 100 luxury sedans instead of coaches, and TMS pivoted to support this new form of transportation, negotiating rates, scheduling drivers branding vehicles, and establishing health and cleaning protocols.


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    Planned and operated transportation for large-scale events during each year of the pandemic:

    • 2020 Keeneland: 4,000 attendees (horsemen, owners, and trainers only, no spectators)
    • 2021 Del Mar: 25,000+ attendees, 1,000 VIPs
    • 2022 Keeneland: Expecting 50,000-60,000 spectators

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    Established partner relationships and negotiated rates and contracts in a rapidly changing environment
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    Partnered with and supported on-site facility staff where needed
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    Created and deployed flexible contingency plans
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    Developed and delivered all transportation services – including airport transfers, VIP movements, spectator movements, ADA mobility shuttles – and parking systems and signage
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    Implemented COVID-19 health, safety, and cleaning procedures

We really need to have valued partners that we trust  100% to be an extension of our organization, and that’s what TMS is. We know we can trust TMS team to understand our expectations, to show up, and to do the job. No matter what issue comes up, they’re ready to listen and tackle it. It’s hard to put a price tag on those relationships. Transportation is the first touchpoint and the last touchpoint for an event – whether it’s good or bad, people remember it.


– Amy Lasky, Director of Event Operations, Breeders’ Cup Limited

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