Locally born horse Epicenter competing with the big boys at Breeders’ Cup

BOWLING GREEN, Ky.-The state of Kentucky is known for horse racing, and this weekend is one of the biggest races of the year.  

“You’re racing with the best horses from around the world,” said racehorse Epicenter’s breeder Brent Harris. 

It’s the 39th annual breeder’s cup. Locally born and bred Epicenter is one of the frontrunners. 

If he wins, this would solidify him as the best 3-year-old racehorse in the country, possibly even the best horse overall. He’s racing against older horses. 

“Couple other three year olds. The ones he has to beat are the four year olds, the older horses like Flightline, Life Is Good, some of them, but he’s a good horse so he’s got a chance,” said Harris. 

Epicenter is coming off a $1.25 million win in the Travers Stakes in August. Since then, his trainer says he’s become a stronger horse. 

“I think that he’s filled in extremely nicely, he’s always had a gorgeous frame to him. But as the years went on as he progressed, he’s put on a little weight, gotten a little stronger, I think that he’s extremely comfortable with what’s expected of him and he’s thrived with the training,” said trainer Steve Asmussen. 

A win this weekend would mean everything to the Harris family, who raised him right here in Bowling Green at their barn, Westwind Farms. 

“I mean what an accomplishment. Especially when you’re running against the best, to think you have one that fits in there, that’s a blessing,” said Harris.