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#BC18 BREEDERSCUP.COM 3 It is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2018 Breeders' Cup World Champi- onships. We are very excited to return to Churchill Downs for a record- tying ninth time and for our first World Championships under the Twin Spires since 2011. When we think of Churchill Downs one can't help but recall the rich history of great racing that has been held here for nearly 150 years, accen- tuated by the crowning moments of the Kentucky Derby and the Kentucky Oaks. Since the Breeders' Cup was first run here in 1988 we've had some magnificent history of our own, starting with Personal Ensign coming from far back to defeat Derby winner Winning Colors in the Distaff; Alysheba winning the "Midnight" Classic; Arazi's breathtaking performance in the 1991 Juvenile; and Blame handing Zenyatta her only career defeat in the 2010 Classic. We look forward to making some new history this weekend by scheduling all five Breeders' Cup races for two-year-olds on the first day of the Championships and christening it "Future Stars Friday," giving fans a glimpse of the potential standouts and winter-book favorites for the 2019 Oaks and Derby. e Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile and the Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff will now be run on Championship Saturday, enhancing an already world-class program of racing excellence. What's also new since the last time we were in Louisville are the magnif- icent improvements that have been made at Churchill Downs. Since 2011, Churchill has invested more than $150 million in structural and hospitality improvements to their facilities. e new Starting Gate Suites, Triple Crown Room and the renovated ird Floor Clubhouse are just a few exquisite dining and hospitality options offering a spectacular fan experience. We congratulate Churchill's management and staff for these significant upgrades in what has long been one of America's most iconic sports venues. In addition to the outstanding two days of world class racing, we hope that you will also enjoy the Breeders' Cup Festival of events taking place during your stay. Organized by the Louisville Host Committee, the Breeders' Cup Festival is a week-long, community-wide celebration of the Breeders' Cup World Championships. e festival is highlighted by Equestricon, a two-day international horse racing conclave set at the remodeled downtown Kentucky International Convention Center, where fans can take part in a lively atmosphere of engagement, discussion and entertainment devoted to all aspects of the oroughbred experience. Finally, as a capstone for the 2018 Breeders' Cup, we are so pleased to be conducting this year's event in the Bluegrass State, the center of the U.S. breeding industry. A Breeders' Cup in Kentucky is a special way to highlight the exquisite farms that grace this region and serves as a public thank you to our foal and stallion nominators. eir support is critical to the racing spectacle that is the Breeders' Cup World Championships. We wish them and all of you an outstanding Breeders' Cup. Craig Fravel President and Chief Executive Officer FROM CRAIG FRAVEL WELCOME TO THE 2018 BREEDERS' CUP

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