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Breeders' Cup 2017

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Zipse At The Track

Breeders’ Cup Chooses Santa Anita in 2014


The Breeders' Cup has never been held at the same venue for three consecutive years before, but with today’s announcement that the World Championships will return to Santa Anita in 2014, we now know that this is about to change. The decision by the Breeder’s Cup means the Arcadia, California oval will host the event for the third straight season.

Scheduled for October 31 and November 1, next’s year’s Breeders’ Cup will be the eighth held at Santa Anita in the event’s 31-year history. The Great Race Place previously hosted in 1986, 1993, 2003, 2008, 2009, 2012, and of course, will host the 14-race, 2-day event later this year. No other race track has hosted it as many times.

In a press release announcing the choice, Craig Fravel, the Breeders’ Cup president and CEO said, "Santa Anita has proven to be an outstanding host for our Championships, providing horsemen and fans around the world with a first class facility and one of the greatest experiences in sports. We are delighted to extend our partnership with Santa Anita for a third consecutive year.”

A key partner of the Breeders’ Cup, the NBC Sports Group, was, to no surprise, supportive of the Santa Anita choice. “We are excited that the Breeders’ Cup has chosen to return to Santa Anita,” said Jon Miller, President of Programming, NBC and NBC Sports Network. “The backdrop of the San Gabriel Mountains at dusk makes for a beautiful setting for a great two days of the world's best racing, topped off by the Breeders’ Cup Classic in primetime on NBC.”

In addition to the advantages for television, and the obvious allure of the Southern California weather in the fall, the Breeders’ Cup also seems to be attracted to the glitz and glamour of La-La Land. “In addition to being the two-greatest days in Thoroughbred racing, hosting the Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita for the next two years provides us with the opportunity to further develop the Breeders’ Cup brand as a world class entertainment and lifestyle platform,” said Drew Sheinman, Breeders’ Cup Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer.

As far as down the road, and whether Santa Anita is potentially poised to become a permanent home of the Breeders’ Cup, officials indicated that no decisions have been made on where they will hold the World Championships after 2014. According to the announcement, The Breeders’ Cup remains open to visiting markets that can accommodate the two-day event during its traditional fall timing, provide world class hospitality for its participants and guests and showcase the world’s best Thoroughbred racing.

In other words, the Breeders’ Cup will continue yearly negotiations to decide on the best place to hold the event in 2015 and beyond. All things considered, clearly there is no race track better equipped to host the Breeders’ Cup than Santa Anita, but is that enough to justify hosting the event for multiple years in a row, or possibly becoming the permanent home of the event?

Early fan reactions have been mixed, and the question remains, does holding the World Championships at the same place go against the original mission of the founders of the organization and event? Or does that even matter if Santa Anita is truly the best place for the Breeders’ Cup?

Maybe someday imagining the Breeders’ Cup anywhere but Santa Anita will be as strange as thinking about holding the Kentucky Derby somewhere other than Churchill Downs.  


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hahahahha...I think someone on this forum consider him the Dos Equis man.
He probably thinks you mean Dos Equis and then he will say that the Dos Equis man is really him.
Typo: I meant to say...anyone that use DOS/Commodore.
I wonder if he still uses his Commodore.
Laz - He is referring to anyone that don't use DOS, excuse me MS-DOS...:-) lol
Sword, or course you know that in my secret language, an'e' is really a 'w'.
Seord, I think he meant clowning. I wonder who he was referring to.
Saying Frankel didn't run in the Arc because of the ground and then referring to European Racing as "we". Good for a laugh.
LMAO - Laz why you cloning the original? Are we thinking for our self and adopting to changes in the game?
Sullivan- Strangle me?...lol. Good for a laugh. Your comparing Mike De kock's string with Ballydoyle??..>LOL!
all the clones never quite get the original correct.
Sword, it's not hard to follow in terms of computer logic. there are a number of varialbes and different pages that tie into each other when I use my entire program. What I will send will be a single page only and confined to a single distance only.
Laz, Thanks you. BTW....I'm a computer programmer and have over 15 years experience with excel and vba. Don't think it will be to hard for me to follow.
Sword, I haven’t forgotten about you. The program is part of an elaborate program I’ve worked on for a while. There is not just a single formula, but multiple formulae. In it’s entire format it is not user friendly in a sense that you can write instructions. It is something that would be better discussed. I’m trying to format a complete works for a 10F race and isolate it from the rest. If I don’t send it to you by the end of the week (I have to take off for two or three days on personal business), then I will send it to you at the beginning of the week.
TV. Will do.
you should visit Fort Erie's webstie and see their new logo "Alive and Kickin'!"
Laz - Whenever you have some free time, I would really appreciate the formula for b/l calculation. zxswordxz@hotmail.com
LAZ. I never visited Fort Erie. But I have heard it is an extremely beautiful track. Sadly it goes to show how bad things are in Ontario that as I was typing I started with "was " instead of "is" a beautiful track. I am happy Hialeah is still around. There is nothing like her.
Buckpasser, what a place and all those pink flamingos. Another beautiful track infield back in the 60's and 70's was the Fort Erie infield. I loved Fort Erie. It was a throw back to older times with its wooden floor on the upper level. I used to work the mutuals back then and one of the best places to work was outside on the second floor where the windows actually overlooked the track. The grandstand wasn't really high, but every seat was a really good one. So sad it is probably going to disappear now that there is no more racing.

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