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Art of the Horse

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In celebration of the Breeders’ Cup Thoroughbred horse racing World Championships coming to Del Mar for the first time on Nov. 3 and 4, the 2017 Breeders’ Cup Host Committee has debuted a special “Art of the Horse” campaign. The committee has commissioned local artists to design 20 life-sized fiberglass horse statues to be displayed at various locations throughout Del Mar and surrounding communities. The statues are artistic representations of the original Torrie Horse created by Giovanni de Bologna in Florence in the late 1580s, which is also reproduced in bronze as the coveted Breeders’ Cup trophy awarded to the winners of each World Championship race. Each statue is unique, inspired by the Thoroughbred racing community, local San Diego culture, and the Breeders’ Cup itself. The statues will be auctioned off following the 2017 Breeders’ Cup to benefit local and Thoroughbred charities.

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Several of the statues are displayed at the Del Mar Racetrack and Del Mar Plaza. Other locations include Cardiff, L’Auberge Del Mar, the Fairmont Grand Del Mar, Red Tracton’s, Pamplemousse Grille, Del Mar Seagrove Park, Flower Hill Mall, on Highway 101 and Cedros Avenue in Solana Beach, The Lodge at Torrey Pines, The Inn at Rancho Sante Fe, Birch Aquarium, San Diego Airport, and more in downtown San Diego.

The Breeders’ Cup is one of the world’s most prestigious international Thoroughbred racing events of the year. In addition to the “Art of the Horse” campaign, the Host Committee is developing the 2017 Breeders’ Cup Festival, a week-long celebration from Oct. 28 to Nov. 4., which will feature many programs, activities, and events for the local community. Discover more at www.breederscupfestival.com/artofthehorse.