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Breeders' Cup Nominated Sports Event of Year

Breeders' Cup 2013 logo.
The Breeders’ Cup World Championships has been nominated in the Sports Event of the Year category for the 2014 Sports Business Awards presented by Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal and Sports Business Daily.


The 2013 Breeders’ Cup, held before 89,742 fans on November 1 & 2 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., featured world-class Thoroughbred racing along with musical entertainment, great parties, fashion events and celebrity appearances. The NBC Sports Group provided 9.5 hours of live domestic coverage which was distributed to more than 130 countries. The 2013 Breeders’ Cup consisted of 14 races and purses and awards totaling $27 million, making last year’s Championships one of the richest prize money events in sports.


"We have set the ambitious goal for our Championships to be one of the elite sporting events in the world and it is very gratifying to everyone at the Breeders' Cup that Sports Business Journal has recognized our 2013 event as among the very best in sports," said Craig Fravel Breeders' Cup President and CEO. "The spectacular finish in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita Park, and before a nationally televised live audience on NBC, capped off two outstanding days of international competition conducted at its highest level. Along with our terrific partners, Santa Anita Park and the Stronach Group, we thank all the owners and nominators who competed, as well as our sponsors, and the State of California for their part in staging the 2013 Championships for our fans around the world."


Watch the 2013 Breeders’ Cup recap video here.


The other nominees in the Sports Event of the Year category are: Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic; The ONE: Mayweather vs. Canelo, presented by Showtime Networks in
partnership with Golden Boy Promotions and Mayweather Promotions; 2014 Waste Management Phoenix Open and Super Bowl XLVIII.


Winners will be announced at an awards gala that will be held Thursday, May 21, at the New York Marriott Marquis in New York City.



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Great Classic without a doubt E.P. The stretch run was as exciting as any other in the history of the event. It’s the hype and excitement that both events create that will be the final measuring stick. I wonder what the quality of the stretch run would have been if the race was run in sub-zero temperatures that some of the winter classics have been played in, or in continuously falling snow like others; or on soft sticky mud that would be horse racing’s equivalent of hockey played on ice so soft that the puck actually stuck to it, which we have seen in still others. The BCC was a first rate two days, but the Winter Classic was also first rate and the TV ratings were exceptionally high for a hockey game on New Years Day, which traditionally has always been dominated by College Football. Either one winning would do it for me.
Laz the quality of the outdoor games was not evident, the spectacle was what made headlines. The classic stretch run takes the cake for me.
That's right E.P. The Bridgestone Winter Classic, 105,000 people turn out for a hockey game.
No brainer who should win. Sorry Chicken S**t Mayweather...

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