LEXINGTON, Ky. (September 16, 2016) – The Breeders’ Cup today announced that Daniel Dawson has been named the official artist for the 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championships. Dawson has created a vibrant mixed-media piece of art encompassing various aspects of Thoroughbred racing in celebration of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., on November 4-5.

The Breeders’ Cup is Thoroughbred racing’s most prestigious international event, consisting of 13 races and purses and awards totaling $28 million over two days. It is also an annual gathering of stars from entertainment, business, sports and celebrities from all walks of life, and held at one of the world’s most picturesque horse racing venues. The Breeders’ Cup will be televised live by the NBC Sports Group.


The 2016 official Breeders’ Cup image is the artist’s unique expression of iconic racing scenes and traditional racetrack nomenclature splashed near the top, with bisecting lines dividing space among shots of a woman in a fedora, a swirl of Breeders’ Cup Classic winners’ racing silks and the Breeders’ Cup trophy. A Thoroughbred and jockey race across the far right side of the image through the Breeders’ Cup logo while the Breeders’ Cup tagline, The Best is Yet to Come, is written in Latin near the bottom. The lower part of the image depicts a sepia and yellow sweep of the homestretch at Santa Anita Park.


The image is available for purchase at: BreedersCupShop.com.

“Daniel has produced a splendid rendition of the Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita, bringing to life, in bold fashion, the color, drama and excitement and many facets of Thoroughbred racing,” said Craig Fravel, Breeders’ Cup President and CEO.


“I was honored and humbled by the assignment to create the official artwork for such a prestigious global event as the Breeders’ Cup,” said Dawson, who grew up in Bolton, England and resides in Manchester and New York City.  “I wanted to capture the art-deco design and colors of Santa Anita in the composition, allied with a representation of the Breeders’ Cup as a world leading sporting event and the excitement that it evokes, and hopefully doing justice to both.”

Dawson’s contemporary oil paintings, acrylics, watercolors and mixed media pieces are influenced by British and American popular culture and where the two converge.

His work is becoming highly collected, as evidenced by many private collections in New York, London and Los Angeles. He has produced work for large corporate companies and sports teams, including Manchester United, and for high-profile screen writers and film industry producers. Dawson has current works on display in Chelsea gallery in New York and in California at LA River Studios, Los Angeles and Pasadena art gallery.

Dawson lists his personal influences among Northern England artists such as L.S. Lowry, and Harold Riley. He has been inspired by Americans Edward Hopper, Jasper Johns, Steve Penley and Andy Warhol for their style, composition or use of material. Dawson’s works may be viewed at www.NYseeArt.com


Contact: Jim Gluckson, Breeders’ Cup, 212-230-9512


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 and awards totaling $28 million, will be held November 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, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube