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Churchill Downs to host 2018 Breeders' Cup

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Churchill Downs will host the Breeders' Cup in 2018. 

Track officials made the announcement at a news conference Monday morning. 

Churchill Downs has hosted the Breeders’ Cup eight times, most recently in 2010 and 2011.

"We are thrilled to announce our return to Louisville,” said Breeders’ Cup President and CEO, Craig Fravel in a news release. "Churchill Downs’ ongoing, significant investment in their facility to enhance the experience for participants and fans aligns perfectly with our desire to conduct one of the best racing events in the world, and we’re looking forward to another landmark event in 2018."

The 35th Breeders’ Cup World Championships will be held on Friday, November 2 and Saturday, November 3, 2018 and televised live by NBC Sports Group.

Since 2011, Churchill Downs has invested more than $67 million in the facility to further elevate the experience for all fans and participants, while also introducing new, in-demand luxury seating and entertainment options. The improvements include Clubhouse enhancements, Winner’s Circle Suites, Grandstand Terrace & Rooftop Garden, The Mansion and the installation of the world’s largest 4,000 Ultra High Definition Big Board.

Churchill Downs officials say the deal is for one year, but they're open to the Breeders' Cup returning to the track.

“We are excited that the Breeders’ Cup World Championships will be returning in 2018 to Churchill Downs Racetrack, the city of Louisville and Kentucky,” said Bill Carstanjen, Chief Executive Officer, Churchill Downs Incorporated. “Fan support for the Breeders’ Cup at Churchill Downs has been spectacular in the eight previous visits and our track has been the scene of many of the most important performances in the event’s history. I’m confident the return of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships to Churchill Downs will be an unforgettable event."

In years past, largely in part to the incredible support of the Louisville community and Kentucky residents, Churchill Downs has hosted the largest Breeders’ Cup’s crowds, including a record-breaking two-day attendance figure of 114,353 in 2010, which also set a two-day on-track handle record of $22,515,318 and a total two-day handle record of The Breeders Cup was held at Lexington's Keeneland Racetrack last October. The two-day series of races brings together top American and international thoroughbreds. 

Santa Anita Park in Acadia, California will host the 2016 event.  Del Mar Racetrack near San Diego, California will be the host in 2017.

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