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.