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Breeders' Cup, Louisville Visual Art and Churchill Downs Announce Official Artist Program for 2018 World Championships

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 25, 2018)Breeders’ Cup, Louisville Visual Art and Churchill Downs today announced an art competition to commemorate the 35th running of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at historic Churchill Downs in Louisville. Through the Official Breeders’ Cup Artist Program, artists will have the unprecedented opportunity to create the official artwork for the 2018 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, one of the world’s most prestigious Thoroughbred horse racing events that will take place November 2 and 3.

The competition tasks local Louisville artists to develop a custom piece of artwork that encompasses the distinctive qualities of Breeders’ Cup. The piece should incorporate the core visual elements of Breeders’ Cup, Churchill Downs and the city of Louisville while showcasing the beauty and pageantry of the horse racing event.

“In honor of the 35th running of the Breeders’ Cup and our return to iconic Churchill Downs, we wanted to engage with the local community and celebrate local artists through this new, innovative program,” said Breeders’ Cup CEO and President Craig Fravel. “We look forward to seeing how artists tap into the vibrant culture and horse racing traditions of Louisville to bring the excitement of Breeders’ Cup to life.”

All submissions will be reviewed by a panel of esteemed creatives, horse racing professionals and public figures, including representatives of the Breeders’ Cup, Louisville Visual Art and Churchill Downs, among others. The panel will determine the five finalists of the competition, who will each receive a $500 stipend and have their work displayed for public viewing during Downs After Dark presented by Budweiser, one of Churchill Downs’ premier entertainment events on June 16, 2018. Fans will then be able to support their favorite entries via onsite text messaging or online voting.

Out of the five finalists, one winner will be selected as the Official Artist of the 2018 Breeders’ Cup. The winner will receive a $2,500 commission to create a second art piece centered around the lifestyle and culture of the Breeders’ Cup. The final pieces of artwork will be integrated into a series of Breeders’ Cup promotional materials, including the Official Program covers, hotel key cards and event posters.

“It’s an honor for Churchill Downs to host Breeders’ Cup for the ninth year and continue to support our local arts community,” said Kevin Flanery, President of Churchill Downs Racetrack. “We’re proud to be part of the Official Breeders’ Cup Artist Program as it brings together two of Louisville’s greatest treasures – horse racing and the arts.”

“Louisville Visual Art is thrilled to partner with Churchill Downs and Breeders’ Cup to showcase a local artist, whose work will grace the cover of the commemorative program for this significant event in the world of horse racing,” said Lindy Casebier, Executive Director of Louisville Visual Art.

The Official Breeders’ Cup Artist Program is accepting entries now until May 18, 2018. Finalists will be notified in June. The competition welcomes submissions from participants of all experience levels within a 100-mile radius of Louisville, Kentucky. Artists are encouraged to visit for entry forms and additional information.

The 35th running of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships will be held on Friday, November 2 and Saturday, November 3, 2018 at the Churchill Downs racetrack for the ninth time. To learn more about the 2018 Breeders’ Cup World Championships and to sign up for ticket information, please visit

About Breeders’ Cup

The Breeders’ Cup administers the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Thoroughbred racing’s year-end Championships. The Breeders’ Cup also administers the Breeders’ Cup Challenge qualifying series, which provides automatic starting positions into the Championships races. The 2018 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, consisting of 14 races (13 Grade 1 events) with purses and awards totaling more than $30 million, will be held November 2-3 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., and will be televised live by the NBC Sports Group. Breeders’ Cup press releases appear on the Breeders’ Cup website, You can also follow the Breeders’ Cup on social media platforms Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

About Louisville Visual Art

Louisville Visual Art has been improving lives through visual art education, community outreach, and artist support since 1909. As a creative hub now established in the Portland neighborhood, LVA is dedicated to encouraging artists through programming such as Artebella, Mural Art Program (MAP), Open Studio Weekend, and weekly calls for artists. LVA is shaping the next generation of creative leaders by providing quality instruction to more than 1,000 students annually through Children's Fine Art Classes and outreach programs in schools and community centers. LVA aims to engage, inspire, and improve our region through art. Visit our website along with our social media, and

About Churchill Downs Racetrack

Churchill Downs Racetrack, the world’s most legendary racetrack, has raced Thoroughbreds and presented the Kentucky Derby continuously since 1875. Located in Louisville, the flagship racetrack of Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ: CHDN) offers year-round simulcast wagering. Churchill Downs will conduct the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve on May 5, 2018. The track has hosted the Breeders’ Cup World Championships eight times and is scheduled to host again in 2018.

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