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Breeders' Cup Names Big Ass Fans an Official Corporate Partner of the Breeders' Cup World Championships

Leading Fan and Lighting Manufacturer becomes Title Sponsor of $1 million Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile race


LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 21, 2019) – Breeders’ Cup, one of Thoroughbred racing’s most prestigious international events, and Big Ass Fans, the world’s leading manufacturer of fans and lighting, today announced a multi-year partnership adding Big Ass Fans as an official corporate partner of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships and the name-in-title sponsor of the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile.

The Breeders’ Cup, consisting of 14 races and more than $30 million in purses and awards, which will be held on November 1-2 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California, annually brings together the world’s greatest horses, jockeys and trainers for two days of the best in international Thoroughbred racing before an international audience and televised live in the US by NBC Sports.

As a part of the partnership, Big Ass Fans will provide on-site custom comfort solutions for athletes and attendees alike at Santa Anita, Keeneland (2020) and Del Mar (2021).

The $1 million Big Ass Fans Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile is a Grade 1 race for 3-year-olds and older horses and run at one mile on the main track. This year, the race will be held on Saturday, November 2, and will be shown live on NBCSN.

“We are delighted to welcome another dynamically innovative global company in Big Ass Fans as a Breeders’ Cup Corporate Partner and official race sponsor of the Dirt Mile,” said Chris McNamara, Breeders’ Cup Senior Vice President of Corporate Partnerships. “The reputation for quality, dependability and ingenuity of Big Ass Fans’ exceptionally engineered products is a perfect complement to the character and international prestige of the World Championships.”

“Big Ass Fans has proudly served the equine industry since our company’s inception, so partnering with the Breeders’ Cup is a natural fit,” said Lennie Rhoades, Big Ass Fans CEO. “We provide premium quality and world-class comfort for our customers, and we look forward to doing the same for the attendees and participants—both human and equine—at the World Championships.”



About Big Ass Fans

Starting in 1999, Big Ass Fans pioneered the high-volume, low-speed (HVLS) fan industry by introducing large industrial fans to agricultural spaces. Recognizing the fans’ versatility, our customers began to install them in warehouses, factories, commercial spaces, and homes. With each new application, our engineers set out to design the perfect solution to meet our customers’ needs. Our dedication to innovation has led us to develop the industry’s first silent motor technology, smart fan controls and automation, and the world’s brightest and most efficient LED lighting. For more information about Big Ass Fans, visit or call 877-244-3267.

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 2019 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, consisting of 14 Graded Stakes with purses and awards totaling more than $30 million, will be held on November 1-2 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 website, You can also follow the Breeders’ Cup on social media platforms Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

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