06/28/2012 4:16PM

Breeders' Cup: Board set to vote on 2013 site


The Breeders’ Cup board of directors was expected to vote on Thursday on the selection of a host site for the 2013 year-end event, with the option of choosing among Churchill Downs in Louisville, Santa Anita Park in Southern California, and Monmouth Park in New Jersey, according to officials.

It was unclear on Thursday afternoon when Breeders’ Cup would announce the 2013 site if the board approved one of the locations. Breeders’ Cup officials cited a longstanding policy this week to refuse to comment on any aspect of the site-selection process until an official announcement is made.

The vote to approve the site is being complicated by Breeders’ Cup’s approval two years ago of a rule that will prohibit the raceday administration of the anti-bleeding medication Lasix before any of the event’s 15 races beginning with the 2013 event, according to officials who are involved in the process. Breeders’ Cup is seeking assurances from the host sites that the rule will be enforced without any complications, though several Breeders’ Cup directors are also concerned that the rule will be difficult to keep in place if states do not amend their rules similarly to restrict the raceday use of the drug, which is currently legal to administer in every major U.S. racing jurisdiction.

“A lot of the discussion [on Thursday] is going to revolve around the Lasix issue,” said an official who is involved in the process, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

This year, Breeders’ Cup will prohibit the raceday administration of Lasix before the event’s five races restricted to 2-year-olds. The 2012 event is being held at Santa Anita Park.

Earlier this month, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission approved a rule that will phase-out the raceday use of Lasix in 2-year-old stakes races beginning in 2014. Under the rule, which is expected to be challenged as it makes its way through a legislative approval process, a full ban on the raceday use of the drug prior to stakes races will not go into effect until 2016.

Breeders’ Cup has asked the host sites to consider holding the two-day event on either the first Friday and Saturday in November or the second Friday and Saturday in that month, according to officials. The post times of the event on the two Saturdays will differ because of television commitments on NBC, the officials said, so the two Eastern sites have been asked to commit to the potential of using lights so that races can be held as late as 8:00 p.m. Eastern, the officials said.

Churchill Downs installed lights several years ago. Monmouth Park does not currently have lights, but officials said this week that the track has committed to investing in lighting if it wins the 2013 event.





IF Moy More than 1 year ago
As long as it is dirt racetrack, I hate artificial (synthetic) track, the day they go to that track , they will lose 50% horseplayers, because states that do not carry simulcast , many travel to Las Vegas to play, those 2-3 days hotels are packed.
John Sbrogna More than 1 year ago
Breeders Cup Board needs to make a 4 track/region permanant rotation like: Churchill Down's or Keeneland, Santa Anita, Belmont or Monmouth, Gulfstream. Then every 5th year chose an alternative to the permanant's like Woodbine,Arlington, Sam Houston etc.. In this way the general public accross the country have a good chance every 5 years to attend the event and stay close to the culture of the Breeders Cup.
Merrily Fantus More than 1 year ago
The way the weather has been in the winter, Arlington Park or Hawthorne should have a shot. Snowed 3 times last year.
JoyJackson21 More than 1 year ago
Mr. Duchossois spent big money on lights for a reason - and this was probably the real reason. The 2013 Breeder's Cup will probably go to Churchill. If not Churchill, then Santa Anita. The idea floating around that Sam Houston will make a nice location for the Breeder's Cup is a worthy one, and they should definitely press for the Breeder's Cup in 2014. Houston would make a great location for the race, and there is a lot going on there to entertain the tourists when they aren't at the track.
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MJP More than 1 year ago
Anon: You're assuming a bunch of things inaccurately. Fortunately I didn't have to go to the ATM, but you couldn't help but notice the enormous lines snaking every which way at every ATM. Not to mention the poor tourists who tried to go to the betting terminals with cash only to be told they had to wait on the "voucher line" or at a teller first. Finally, shame on you bubba for not realizing that they banned bringing in of alcohol on Belmont Stakes day about a decade ago.
MJP More than 1 year ago
Anon, you might have your own rules about bringing only the cash you want to bet and not going to the ATM, but that is thoroughly irrelevant. There were thousands of first time visitors and tourists there this year who didn't cognate the level of NYRA's incompetence and were eager to spend their money, on a bet or a drink or even some food, but they couldn't because NYRA failed to provide adequate ATMs and the vendors didn't accept credit cards. Epic Fail.
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MJP More than 1 year ago
Yup. It's been awhile now. I think the last year you could bring in booze was Funny Cide. "NOTE: On Belmont Stakes Day, Saturday, June 9, 2012, no alcoholic beverages of any kind will be permitted to be brought into the facility. The restriction regarding alcohol has been enacted in the interest of patron safety and in an attempt to make sure that people drink responsibly." NOTE: On Belmont Stakes Day, Saturday, June 9, 2012, no alcoholic beverages of any kind will be permitted to be brought into the facility. The restriction regarding alcohol has been enacted in the interest of patron safety and in an attempt to make sure that people drink responsibly.
MJP More than 1 year ago
Russell: They literally were asking $10 for a 16 ounce Bud or Coors. At least in Yankee Stadium you can get a nice draft Brooklyn lager for that price.
MJP More than 1 year ago
If you go by NYRA's miserable performance during the Belmont Stakes (ATM's had 45 minute long lines and ran out of cash by about 4PM, no credit accepted for food or beer or of course a bet), huge lines to make a bet for those lucky enough to have cash in their pockets, total sh*t show, I'm glad it's not coming to NY. Those incompetent buffoons don't deserve it.
Ed Sehon More than 1 year ago
Nothing quite like a cold & windy night in mid-November on the Jersey Shore. Forgetaboutit!
Cougar Paisley More than 1 year ago
Ed, You're so right. The Jersey Shore hurricane season goes officially until Nov 30th. Many a storm (nor'easter) chugs up the coast during the October/November months.
Robin Dawson More than 1 year ago
Further to a few comments (below) , the fact that neither Gulfstream nor Woodbine, two excellent sites, can now be considered for future Breeders' Cups is worth considering when arguements are put forward for slots. Two great racetracks rendered redundant for racing's championships, all for greed. And now the latter is not even going to get that!
nicola c More than 1 year ago
choose a different track altogether not the same tracks each time, and not Churchill hate that place, go for a totally different one
t More than 1 year ago
Sam Houston Park will make a major play for the BC within the next 5 years,,,, huge untapped market in Houston (4th largest city in America) for championship racing, they have the space and houston has more than enough places to stay and things to do. SHP has the lights and one of it if not the best Turf course in North America. SHP started the .10 super .50 trifecta trend and their attendance was up 40 percent for 2012. Breeders Cup hopefully will give a BC as a reward to a track with progressive 21st century thinking and marketing
W.G. More than 1 year ago
I definitely can see Sam Houston as a BC host. They also have a good climate for a November BC (not too hot and not as humid as Florida I believe) and Houston is a big TV market. Plus, of course, the lights that would allow the BC to go to 10:00 PM local time if needed.
John Newell More than 1 year ago
You have obviously never been to Houston. Houston is every bit as humid as any other place you can name in the U.S.