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Breeders’ Cup to return to Churchill Downs in 2018

American Pharoah Attends Downs After Dark

LOUISVILLE, KY - JUNE 13: American Pharoah walks down the track during Downs After Dark at Churchill Downs on June 13, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) The Breeders’ Cup is returning to its old Kentucky home.

Churchill Downs and Breeders’ Cup officials announced Monday the race famous for featuring the greatest horses and richest purses will return to the iconic twin spires in 2018.

The Louisville track has hosted the Breeders’ Cup eight times, most recently in 2011.

Churchill Downs President Kevin Flanery said Monday that he became determined to bring the race back to Louisville because “there’s nothing like the Breeders’ Cup under the spires.”

Race officials announced Monday that the track’s investment of more than $67 million in upgrades encouraged them to return to Churchill Downs.

The event is a two-day series of races in the fall that marks the end to thoroughbred racing season. It is scheduled for the first weekend in November.

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