The 78th Annual Celebration enters its championship weekend with increased optimism and participation.  Through the Tuesday evening performance of The Celebration the numbers of horses that have actually shown has increased 10.5%.  In 2015, 1,083 horses had been shown through Tuesday evening.  In 2016, that number has grown to 1,197.

The trend should continue as the Celebration added three new World Grand Championship classes to its weekend slate in 2016.  Thursday's night last class, the Three-Year-Old World Grand Championship has 18 entries in what should be an exciting class.