LEXINGTON, KY (February 12, 2016) — The Breeders’ Cup announced today that Drew Fleming has been named to the new position of Senior Vice President, Development and Administration. Fleming will spearhead the long term planning and coordination of business opportunities for the company, which administers the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Thoroughbred racing’s year-ending international event. Fleming will officially begin his duties on February 26.
Fleming, from Lexington, comes to the Breeders’ Cup from Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC, where he served as an attorney focused on corporate transactions with an emphasis on equine transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and venture capital. Stoll Keenon Ogden serves as legal counsel to the Breeders’ Cup.
Among his duties with the Breeders’ Cup, Fleming will be responsible for: enhanced constituent communications within the Thoroughbred industry; community relations in Kentucky and with future host Breeders’ Cup sites; legislative support in areas such as safety and integrity issues and gaming initiatives; legal compliance; and risk management.
“We welcome Drew to the Breeders’ Cup and look forward to him providing us with a vital and creative direction in new business development and take advantage of his knowledge, expertise and connections within our industry,” said Craig Fravel, Breeders’ Cup President and CEO. “Drew’s close working relationship with us over the past few years and his ability to build and expand relationships with our nominators, owners and breeders, and with the communities of our Breeders’ Cup host sites, will be a great asset for our company and the World Championships.”
While at Stoll Keenon Ogden, Fleming represented both domestic and foreign equine clients, including horse farms, sales companies, racetracks, Thoroughbred owners, and trainers on a variety of legal issues including the purchase, sale and syndication of Thoroughbreds, the acquisition of Thoroughbred farms, equine lending, and the corporate structuring of racing syndicates and private placements. Additionally, Fleming has represented domestic and foreign clients in mergers and acquisitions in a variety of industries including energy, manufacturing, restaurant franchises, sports marketing, and banking.
“It is a tremendous opportunity to work for a pillar in our industry,” said Fleming. “Working for the Breeders’ Cup is certainly a dream job, and I am excited to pair my prior legal experience with my love for Thoroughbred racing. Getting to work with such talented individuals at the highest level is a true honor. I had the good fortune to work with the best and brightest of the legal industry at Stoll Keenon Ogden, and it is with great pleasure that I now have the opportunity to work with the best and brightest of the equine industry.”
In addition to his legal career, Fleming is active in the Lexington community and currently serves on the boards of the Downtown Lexington Corporation (Chairman of the Board in 2015), Henry Clay Memorial Foundation (Corporate Secretary), Downtown Lexington Management District, Markey Cancer Foundation Legacy Council, and Race for Education (Corporate Secretary).
Fleming received his B.S. with honors from Washington and Lee University, and he earned his law degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law where he was a member of the Kentucky Law Journal.
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 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, consisting of 13 (grade I) races and purses totalling $26 million, will be held Nov. 4-5 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., and will be televised live by the NBC Sports Group. Breeders’ Cup press releases appear on the Breeders’ Cup Web site, www.breederscup.com. You can also follow the Breeders’ Cup on social media platforms, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.