Thursday, April 2, 2015

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 2, 2015) – The Breeders’ Cup announced today that Claiborne Farm in Paris, Ky., has been named an official farm partner of Breeders’ Cup World Championships. Claiborne joins Coolmore, Lane’s End Farm, Three Chimneys Farm and WinStar Farm as official Breeders’ Cup farm partners representing some of the world’s leading full service breeding and racing establishments.

The Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Thoroughbred racing’s most prestigious international event, consisting of 13 grade 1 races with purses and awards totaling $26 million over two days, will be held at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington on October 30-31, and will be televised live on NBC and NBCSN.

As a part of the multi-year agreement, Claiborne will receive a fully-integrated media package of television, print, internet and onsite exposure surrounding the World Championships and the Breeders’ Cup Challenge series of qualifying races, including commercial time in Breeders’ Cup Challenge and Breeders’ Cup World Championships telecasts. Claiborne stallions and progeny will also be identified with on-screen graphics during those telecasts in the post parade.

“As with all of our farm partners, Claiborne has been a vital supporter in nominating foals and stallions to the Breeders’ Cup program over the years and has developed an impeccable reputation as a prominent global leader in the Thoroughbred racing and breeding business,” said Craig Fravel, Breeders’ Cup President and CEO. “We look forward to Claiborne’s expanded participation at this year’s Championships at Keeneland.”

“The Breeders Cup offers the very best of Thoroughbred racing in a championship format, and we are excited to team up to be a farm partner,” said Walker Hancock, Managing Director of Claiborne Farm.

Claiborne is also the sponsor of the Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (G1) at Keeneland. The 1 1/16 mile race for 2-year-olds, is also a Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win and You’re In” qualifying race for the Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1).

Links to the five Breeders’ Cup farm partner websites are below:

Claiborne -

Coolmore -

Lane’s End -

Three Chimneys -

WinStar -

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 2015 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, consisting of 13 Grade 1 races and purses totaling $26 million, will be held October 30-31 at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Ky., and will be televised live by the NBC Sports Group. Breeders’ Cup press releases appear on the Breeders’ Cup Web site, You can also follow the Breeders’ Cup on social media platforms, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

About Claiborne Farm

Claiborne Farm in Paris, Kentucky has been a historic Thoroughbred operation for over 100 years. Founded in 1910, the farm has been owned and operated by the Hancock family and is the birthplace of more than 80 Champion racehorses, including Hall of Fame members Seabiscuit, Nashua, Bold Ruler, Round Table, Personal Ensign, and Ruffian. In addition, the farm has been home to a world-renowned roster of stallions. Stallions standing at Claiborne have topped the North American Sire Lists 29 times and include top sires such as Nasrullah, Princequillo, Mr. Prospector, Secretariat, Danzig, and War Front. For more information, visit their website or social media outlets (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram).