Thursday, August 13, 2015

Statement from Breeders’ Cup President and CEO Craig Fravel on the passing of John Nerud:

“Over the long history of Thoroughbred racing in America, few individuals made as indelible an impact on our sport as John Nerud did over many decades. In addition to the many great horses that he trained, owned and bred, and the advice and counsel he provided to grow the sport, Mr. Nerud made an enormous contribution to the formation of the Breeders’ Cup. Working closely with John Gaines and the initial founders, Mr. Nerud combined acute judgement, incredible boldness and powers of persuasion to help create a unique international championship event for horse racing. His interest and participation as a Member of the Breeders’ Cup continued to the end. Mr. Nerud leaves a remarkable legacy, and all of us who love racing mourn his passing.”