Breeders' Cup CEO Drew Fleming Named to Sports Business Journal's 40 Under 40 List

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Drew FlemingBreeders' Cup

Breeders' Cup President and Chief Executive Officer Drew Fleming was named to Sports Business Journal's 2022 40 Under 40 Class. The 40 Under 40 list is a prestigious annual recognition of the best young talent in sports business from across the United States. Fleming's inclusion on this year's list marks the first time an executive working in the sport of horse racing has ever been named a Sports Business Journal 40 Under 40 honoree. The 2022 awardees will be honored Tuesday, Nov. 15 at a celebration in New York City.

“Drew's strong and steady leadership at the Breeders' Cup and his work across the racing industry over the last several years have been incredibly impactful and beneficial to our sport,” said Barbara Banke, Chairman of the Breeders' Cup Limited Board of Directors. “I'm so proud that he is being recognized and honored for his contributions not only to racing, but to the entire sports industry. Drew is a wonderful ambassador for our sport, and I look forward to the Breeders' Cup's bright future under his leadership.”

During his tenure as President and CEO of the Breeders' Cup, Fleming has significantly increased international participation in the World Championships, and has expanded the global presence of the Breeders' Cup to additional broadcast outlets. He also led the organization through the COVID-19 pandemic and navigated the Breeders' Cup through regulatory changes that seek to prioritize safety and integrity as the industry continues to modernize.

“I am extremely grateful for this honor from Sports Business Journal and am so lucky to live my dream every day as the CEO of the Breeders' Cup,” said Fleming. “The racing industry has a bright future ahead of it, and I am proud to be among the many young leaders in this sport who are prioritizing safety and integrity, bringing in new generations of racing fans and bringing the unparalleled excitement of Thoroughbred racing to guests and viewers around the world.”

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