Drew Fleming

Sixth Highest Handle For Breeders’ Cup

Total all-sources handle for the two-day Breeders' Cup World Championships at Keeneland Race Course was $160,472,894, the sixth-highest total since the Breeders' Cup expanded to a two-day event in 2007 and an 8% decrease from the 2019 record handle of $174,000,574 at Santa Anita. The two-day total handle represented a 7% increase from the 2015 Championships, the first time the event was held at Keeneland. Attendance figures for the 2020 Championships at Keeneland were not reported since attendance was restricted to participants and essential personnel only due to COVID-19 safety...

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Drew Fleming on a Challenging First Breeders’ Cup

In his first year as President and CEO of the Breeders' Cup, 38-year-old Drew Fleming has found himself trying to stage a global event in the midst of a global pandemic. In a socially-distanced phone call with TDN Publisher Sue Finley, he discusses the challenges and the triumphs of Breeders' Cup 2020. SF: You picked a heck of a year for this to be your first Breeders' Cup. DF: Well, this is my first Breeders' Cup as the CEO, but I've been working for the company since 2016. And then...

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BC Announces Safety Protocols for ’20 World Championships

Breeders' Cup Limited outlined a detailed set of health and safety protocols put in place to mitigate the risks associated with COVID-19 for the limited staff, participants and essential personnel who will be onsite at the 2020 Breeders' Cup World Championships at Keeneland Race Course Nov. 6-7. This plan was developed in consultation with Keeneland, local and state government officials, and public health experts, including Dr. Richard Greenberg--Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, at the University of Kentucky School of Medicine. The plan closely follows the guidance established by...

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Breeders’ Cup Unveils #MyBreedersCup Initiative

The Breeders' Cup has unveiled #MyBreedersCup, a multi-pronged digital and social program designed to bring the best of the upcoming Breeders' Cup World Championships to fans around the world. Created in response to the recent decision to conduct the 2020 event without fans on-site due to COVID-19, the program provides fans with new opportunities to interact with the championship event remotely, from innovative digital viewing experiences to a virtual fashion contest and more. The 37th running of the Breeders' Cup World Championships is scheduled to take place Friday, Nov. 6...

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Preakness Added To Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series

Officials at Breeders' Cup Limited and The Stronach Group have announced that the Oct. 3 GI Preakness S., the final leg of this year's reconstituted Triple Crown, has been added to the Breeders' Cup Challenge series and will offer the winner an all-expenses-paid berth in the starting gate for the GI Longines Breeders' Cup Classic at Keeneland Nov. 7. It will mark the first time that a Triple Crown races is part of the series. Owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, the traditional first leg of the Triple Crown was postponed...

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FanDuel Named Title Sponsor of Breeders’ Cup Mile

FanDuel, America's premier gaming destination, will become the title sponsor of the $2-million GI Breeders' Cup Mile at this year's Breeders' Cup World Championships. In addition, two of FanDuel Group's major charity partners will be incorporated into its naming rights for this year's event--the FanDuel Breeders' Cup Mile presented by PDJF and the GI TVG Breeders' Cup Juvenile presented by Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance. The Breeders' Cup, one of Thoroughbred racing's most prestigious international events, consisting of 14 races and purses and awards totaling $35 million, is scheduled to be held...

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Breeders’ Cup Contest to Benefit COVID-19 Relief Efforts

The Breeders' Cup has launched a T-Shirt design contest designed to support industry workers in need while simultaneously building momentum for the organization's 2020 World Championships. Fans are invited to create a T-Shirt design to be produced and sold on BreedersCupShop.com. Breeders' Cup will donate all its proceeds from sales of the winning T-Shirt design to support the various backstretch communities and other industry stakeholders across the country who have been most heavily impacted by COVID-19. Submissions will be accepted until May 31 at 11:59 p.m. ET. The top five...

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Breeders’ Cup: We Remain Fully Committed to Running Event As Scheduled

In a letter to fans and supporters Thursday, Breeders' Cup President & CEO Drew Fleming said the organization remains committed to running this year's World Championships on schedule Nov. 6-7 at Keeneland. "The health and safety of the racing community, including its athletes, fans and workers, has always been Breeders' Cup's top priority. As we collectively navigate this uncharted and difficult time, I want to assure you that we are closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and working with Keeneland, relevant government authorities and public health experts to assess its potential...

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Breeders’ Cup Tickets Now On Sale

Tickets to the 2020 Breeders' Cup World Championships at Keeneland Nov. 6-7 are now on sale to the general public. The Breeders' Cup also announced that the 2020 event will incorporate several special elements and offerings, including expanded luxury seating spaces and an attendance cap of 45,000. To review seating options and purchase tickets online, fans can visit BreedersCup.com/Tickets now. "We eagerly anticipate returning to Lexington for the 37th running of the Breeders' Cup World Championships," said Drew Fleming, President and CEO of Breeders' Cup. "In collaboration with our partners...

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