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Breeders' Cup Returns to Santa Anita in 2012

Breeders' Cup Returns to Santa Anita in 2012
Returning to the site of some of the most successful events in its 27-year history, the 2012 Breeders’ Cup World Championships will be held at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., on Friday, Nov. 2 and Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, Breeders’ Cup Limited announced today at a press conference at LA Live.

Santa Anita has hosted the Breeders’ Cup World Championships five times, most recently back-to-back editions in 2008 and 2009, both of which set records for attendance and wagering. The decision followed a lengthy review process by the Breeders’ Cup Host Site Selection Committee, which included proposals from multiple racing venues in North America.

“We are thrilled to bring back the Breeders’ Cup to southern California which is always a strong draw for horseracing fans from around the world and where the Breeders’ Cup has always been embraced by the community,” said Craig Fravel, President & CEO of Breeders’ Cup. “Santa Anita Park is a world class racing venue that will once again provide a spectacular setting for two days of the best in international racing.”

“Hosting the Breeders’ Cup is important to the California horseracing industry and it is an honor for Santa Anita to be chosen as host of the Breeders' Cup for the sixth time,” said Frank Stronach, Chairman of the Stronach Group, which owns Santa Anita. “Our team looks forward to the challenge of building on the success of 2008 and 2009 with the 2012 Breeders' Cup.”

Fravel was joined by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Stronach Group President Greg Avioli, California Horse Racing Board Chairman Keith Brackpool and other supporters for the announcement today at the JW Marriott at L.A. Live.

“We are proud and delighted to once again host the Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita Park and to welcome the legion of loyal racing fans to Southern California," Mayor Villaraigosa said. "This prestigious, international sporting phenomenon will boost our local economy and generate tens of millions of dollars in economic impact to the region.”

Zenyatta’s electrifying performance to become the first female to win the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic highlighted the 2009 World Championships at Santa Anita. In addition to the then record attendance and handle (exceeded only by the 2010 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs), the 2009 races attracted the most international starters in event history with 34 participants from outside the US.

The Breeders’ Cup generated in excess of $60 million in economic impact in the Los Angeles area in both 2008 and 2009. Next year’s running will mark the sixth time that Santa Anita will host the Breeders’ Cup, after hosting the event in 1986, 1993, 2003, 2008 and 2009.

The Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Thoroughbred racing’s most prestigious global event, annually attracts the best horses from around the world. It is the richest prize-money event in sports, consisting of 15 races and purses totaling $26 million. The 29th Breeders’ Cup will be televised on ABC/ESPN and to more than 130 countries.

Over the past five years, the, Breeders’ Cup World Championships has experienced unprecedented growth, expanding from eight to 15 races, increasing prize money from $14 million to $26 million and growing total wagering from $140,332,198 to $173,339,131.


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Ever watch a football game from the bench: flat no perspective, no over view/ Dull and unifirmed as to the holistic nature of a contest.
Yukichan, if you go for the apron area, know you will be past the finish line at ground level. It will look like they are coming at you and will be hard to get a perspective of what is happening in the strech without checking out the monitor. The plus IMO is you are closer to the track/action and can get a good look when they come out to warm up pre=race, a better view of the winners circle and easier access to the paddock. Grandstand reserved near the 1/8 th pole has a great panoramic view and will def. let you see the race unfold. Unless you are way at the north end you will have an OK view of the finish line. The lower part of the grandstand reserve (3rd flloor) has an unobstructed view. The higher levels have line of sight obstruction due to the architecture. Sections H-Q likely have the views you would seek. Again, the lower areas in the Mezz. before the break/walkway are op notch. Hope this helps and that you have a fun and profitible weekend..
Depends on the location withing a block. You could easily be close to, and have your view hinderd by, a post holding up the roof. Get a seating plan with WHERE those are located. HIGHER up the better: fewer idiots to stand up in front of you.
The Blood horse just released the complete Breeders Cup Pre-Entry list
For those who know SA-I'm about to purchase tickets--what sections are best? "Clubhouse Apron" (close to finish) or "Reserved Grandstand" (close to 1/8th pole) Both about same price. My first Breeder's Cup!
This years Breeders Cup should be intriguing indeed. Many well matched and talented horses are emerging with more to come. Hopefully all the top contenders will stay healthy, have active seasons and be primed and ready for the true Classics of the year at the Breeders Cup. Be there or ................

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