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Santa Anita Park Gets 2013 Breeders' Cup

The Breeders’ Cup announced today that the 30th Breeders’ Cup World Championships will be held at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., on Friday, November 1 and Saturday, November 2, 2013.

The Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Thoroughbred racing’s most prestigious global event, annually attracts the best horses from around the world.  The Breeders’ Cup consists of 15 races with purses totaling more than $25 million over the two-day event.

Santa Anita, which will be the site of this year’s Breeders’ Cup on November 2-3, has hosted the Breeders’ Cup World Championships five times, most recently back-to-back editions in 2008 and 2009, both of which set new records for attendance and wagering.

The 2013 Breeders’ Cup will be televised on the NBC Sports Network, and the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic will be shown live and in primetime on NBC from 8-9 p.m. ET. The NBC Sports Network is also televising this year’s Breeders’ Cup with primetime coverage of the Classic on NBC, Nov. 3.    

“We are delighted to extend our partnership with Santa Anita, to celebrate the 30th edition of our Championships in Southern California and for the unprecedented opportunity to showcase the Breeders’ Cup Classic in primetime for a second consecutive year.  We are equally looking forward to bringing racing fans a world-class event at one of the world’s greatest racing venues,” said Breeders’ Cup President and CEO Craig Fravel. “Southern California and the greater Los Angeles community are always exceptional hosts for fans and horsemen alike from the event’s launch in 1984 and, most recently, at the 2008 and 2009 World Championships.”

Mike Rogers, President of The Stronach Group’s Racing Division said: “We are pleased the Breeders’ Cup has chosen to stay at Santa Anita for the 2013 World Championships. This underlines the commitment of The Stronach Group to present world-class racing at its venues around the country.  Santa Anita’s back-to-back runnings of the Breeders’ Cup in 2008 and 2009 produced some of the top performances in the event’s history and we are looking forward to again showcasing the world’s greatest athletes in the entertainment capital of the world.”

The 2013 running of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships marks the 10th time the event will be held in Southern California over its 30-year history. According to a study by Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, 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 seventh time that Santa Anita will host the Breeders’ Cup, after hosting the event in 1986, 1993, 2003, 2008 and 2009 and this year.
 
“We are very proud that California has once again been selected to host the Breeders’ Cup and we will take all the steps necessary to ensure that the Breeders’ Cup this November and next year at Santa Anita will be of the highest caliber for our racing fans and horsemen in our state and for our guests attending from around the world,” said Keith Brackpool, Chairman of the California Horse Racing Board.
 

“The Thoroughbred Owners of California is happy to support the return of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships to California and Santa Anita Park,” said TOC Chairman Mike Pegram. “In addition to providing a much-needed boost to the state and local economies, the event gives California horsemen an opportunity to compete against the world’s best at one of our sport’s most outstanding racetracks.”

Among the most memorable moments in Breeders’ Cup history, the great Zenyatta provided fans with one of racing’s most exhilarating performances, when she became the first female to win the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, climaxing the 2009 World Championships at Santa Anita. In addition to the then record attendance of 96,496 and record on-track handle of$19,208,012, the 2009 races attracted the most international starters in event history with 34 participants from outside the U.S. and Canada.

Breeders’ Cup officials indicated that no decisions have been made on host sites beyond 2013 and that the organization remains open to visiting markets that can accommodate its two-day event during its traditional fall timing, provide world-class hospitality for participants and guests and showcase the world’s best Thoroughbred racing.


 

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Someone please validate my thinking....I THOUGHT that the 2013 BC was origially on track to be hosted @ Belmont Park. Does anyone recall that as well? Now it's back at SA AGAIN? Boring! (And NOT an attractive venue for the Europeans) Having SA and CD hosting it over and over is a getting a little redundant. The dramatic decrease by European superstars particiapting is getting a bit scary. (how many Turf participants the last few years?) They have other races available now to showcase their stars that are far more attractive, and the fact that the BC chips in little to no financial perks to woo participants from Europe, Japan, or Australia is abysmal. The UAE pays for the transport and lodging of the World Cup participants on top of offering the unmatched World Cup day purses! Time to suck it up BC brass, and spend some $ to have the BC once again be racings premier event, and not just continue to delude ourselves that what once was, is still good enough. It's not..If those that are in charge do not act, the Breeders Cup will never return to being the worlds premier racing event. The one event that ALL the worlds superstars point to.
Thumbs down! I enjoy the Breeders Cup more when its moved to a different venue each year.
Good points Ruffian. Hard to know what goes on behind the scenes. Supposedly the committee looks at various factors stabling, amenities, track conditions and improvements, cultural opportunities around the track, amount of monies to be spent advertising etc. it doesnt appear many public reasons are given, though NJ papers were reporting that the TB association who runs Monmouth were told by the Breeders Cup committee to reapply in 2014 so it appears that have a good shot to get it. I think Belmont was the leading candidate for 2013 until the issues with the NYRA came up. I believe one of the things that helped give it again to Santa Anita was Stronach promising extensive coverage of the races on His channel HRTV and events leading up to it. I believe his willingness to put more monies into advertising helped. Of course since HRTV is not carried on Directv and many cable companies nor is NBC sports, it will be interesting to see how this helps generate more fan involvement if they can't see the races live
Creo que la Breeders' cup es una fiesta.
I know someone mentioned that Belmont was in the running, but that there was an upheaval with the NYRA that caused them to be removed from consideration. But I noticed Buckpasser mentioning that Monmouth is reapplying for a possible BC. I wonder how many tracks are denied their application? I wonder if there's a territorial pattern to this? And, when they are denied, is there any reasoning given, or, is it a silent popularity contest?
Monmouth is reapplying for 2014 and supposedly improvements at Del Mar is fueling a possible bid. I agree Mike that smaller tracks have issues to handle it, but the races are losing importance on the European schedule. Frankel, Camelot and others have no interest in coming to breeders cup. Since the goal is to make a world class event, they seem to be falling short. Even the CA horse breeders association is irritated with Santa Anita leadership as the continued blackout of races on TVG for Golden Gate and Santa Anita is hurting revenue. The problem with Stronach getting his way with the Breeders Cup is his using it as a hammer against others for his own interests.
The main goal of the Breeders Cup board today is to make the Breeders Cup into a world class sporting event, like Wimbledon, the Masters Golf Tournament or Royal Ascot. They have decided this cannot be done at the smaller tracks like Lone Star or Gulfstream Park. New York racing is in a terrible mess and Churchill Downs is only concerned with their shareholders and the weather in Kentucky in the fall can be brutal. Santa Anita is a beautiful and comfortable track for fans and the weather is great in the fall. Santa Anita is a great host for the Breeders Cup.
Yes Cigar. I remember that Belmont was the front runner for 2013, but the problems with NYRA with Gov. Cuomo taking over the group had them withdraw their bid. The report on the Aqueduct breakdowns in due shortly which helped to fuel the govt takeover. You are absolutely right about the lack of top Euro horses. One of the benefits of casino dollars in NY was that there was willingness to pay to bring more horses here. Pretty soon with Franks continued brilliant leadership, American horses won't want to go either.
Armada. It's not a grudge against Santa Anita, my problem is with Stronach. Every place he has tracks, he has caused nothing but problems. In Ca he destroyed Oak Tree charity by refusing to hold their meet at Santa Anita after close to 30 years. In Maryland, he wanted to tear down Pimlico and build a new track for the Preakness. He failed to file a slots license for Laurel on time which precluded the track from getting the slots machine that went to a nearby mall. In Florida, he tried to pit Calder and Gulfstream meetings against each other that roiled the Florida racing market and would have caused layoffs for tellers etc. who work at both meets. Stronach has been a terrible addition to racing. No vision except a power grab for himself.
Absolutely right Cigar16. Other tracks have applied Monmouth and Belmont for instance, but Stronach is doing all he can to make it an exclusive event for Santa Anita to the detriment of the entire industry.
As far as the economy is concerned....A little innovative thinking will go a long way....Think "stone soup"...We are Americans, we can come up with many ways to offset costs if we come together to protect our Breeders Cup gem...
lol@ruffian...You forgot Eblouisant will be entered as a maiden but she will only run a mile 1/16th , hoping to make it a 1-2 All Zenyatta Poly princess finish.
Well, this sucks. Can't say I'm surprised, though. This sport keeps improving in some areas (drugs) and failing miserably in others (breeders cup).
People seem to forget the country is in a rough state. Most tracks can not actually afford to host it. Since so many people seem to have a grudge against SA, let's just not host it at all!... Yeah. I don't think that would be a good idea either.
Wouldn't surprise me.
THIS JUST IN!!!!! Zenyatta and Ravens Pass, the two past Santa Anita synthetic BC Classic winners, will be allowed to run in this year's BC Classic. They will be brought out of retirement, for this historical occasion. Zenyatta will be allowed to carry 105 pounds; all horses east of the Mississippi River will have to wear blindfolds, and wear headphones blaring out the song, "Do You Know The Way To San Jose?". Ravens Pass will be allowed to run the opposite direction, which is customary for Europe. Since there could be a collision with the east coast invaders, he will be allowed to run on the turf course, and be hand timed. If his hand time is prevalent, there will be a runoff with Zenyatta, and Ravens Pass will have to revert to horses east of the Mississippi River. There were two new rules added to the Breeders Cup handbook. Rule 69 - Frank Stronach Rules rule; and Rule 70 - If you don't like it, lump it; digest it, and dump it. Refer to Rule 69. For anyone with any complaints, refer to Rule 70.
Wouldn't surprise me if he did Ruffian75. Nothing that man does would surprise me in the least
LATE BREAKING NEWS!!!!! Santa Anita will lay down a new synthetic surface called StronachRide a week before this year's BC. Also, rumor has it, that it will be taken up, after the running of next year's BC. (Just kidding)
Absolutely right Kedez, it was started as America's event and in its early years it went to many other tracks, but Stronach has been campaigning to make Santa Anita the breeders cup permanent home. A huge mistake. It would have been a solidarity move with the Canadian industry if Stronach gave it to Woodbine or even Fort Erie to hold.
Yeah, it's only a 6hr drive.

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