Breeders’ Cup’s Dora Delgado Named ‘Game Changer’

Breeders’ Cup Executive Vice President & Chief Racing Officer Dora Delgado was today named to Sports Business Journal’s prestigious ‘Game Changers’ list. ‘Game Changers’ recognizes women in senior leadership roles across sports business: “women with broad, deep, and varied responsibilities and oversight who contribute to the success of the industry in multiple ways.”

Delgado began her career at the Breeders’ Cup nearly 40 years ago and is currently responsible for the development and administration of all Breeders’ Cup racing programs around the world, including the “Win and You’re In” Challenge Series and the Breeders’ Cup World Championships.

“Dora’s contributions to the success of the Breeders’ Cup over the last 38 years truly cannot be overstated,” said Breeders’ Cup President and CEO Drew Fleming. “Her hard work, passion, expertise and commitment to the horses and the sport are well-known in the racing industry. I’m thrilled to see her myriad achievements now being recognized and honored at the broader sports industry level.”

Delgado’s responsibilities at the Breeders’ Cup also include: managing all horse recruitment, equine event logistics and operational setup for the annual World Championships, including coordination with federal, state and international regulatory authorities and host state racing commissions; management of the event Equine Security Team, the Breeders’ Cup Veterinary Panel, the Field Selection Panel and the Breeders’ Cup Racing Team; collaborating with Breeders’ Cup World Championships host tracks to create the safest environment possible for equine participants; and the promotion and expansion of foal and stallion nomination programs worldwide to maximize participation and generate program-sustaining revenue.

“I have been immensely blessed to have spent my career working towards the success and the longevity of the Breeders’ Cup from its very start,” said Delgado. “Our team spends every day asking how we can be better and rising to the occasion to position our industry’s Championships to be the ultimate event in Thoroughbred racing. I have such gratitude to the horsemen, breeders, industry officials and mentors who have lent their advice, wisdom and expertise to me along the way and can only hope to do the same for those who seek out opportunities in our incredible sport.”

As an unquestioned leader in the racing industry, Delgado is passionate about equine safety, racing integrity and increasing the industry’s commitments to diversity, equity and inclusion. Throughout her career, she has continuously pushed the industry forward on these critical issues.

Delgado’s leadership in the Thoroughbred racing world goes well beyond her role at the Breeders’ Cup. She also serves on the Board of the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance and is a member of the American Horse Council’s Health and Regulatory Committee, the Jockey’s Guild Research and Development Committee, the Advisory Committee for The Jockey Club Safety Net Foundation, the Lexington Industry Group of the Welfare & Safety Committee and the Racing Officials Accreditation Program Board. She is also a Board member of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium, and serves on the Steering Committee and the Racing Committee of the Thoroughbred Safety Coalition.

Sports Business Journal created ‘Game Changers’ in 2011 to tell the stories of female leaders in sports business from across the country. Like Delgado, the women honored in all 11 classes of ‘Game Changers’ have made the sports industry better through their passion, insight, innovation and creativity.

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