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Breeders' Cup: Board set to vote on 2013 site
By Matt Hegarty
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.
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.
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.
The way the weather has been in the winter, Arlington Park or Hawthorne should have a shot. Snowed 3 times last year.
Sam Houston is a joke. They like quarter horses more than thorobreds. I wouldn't bet a single dollar at ANY Sam Houston race. The Lone Star BC was a disaster. Bottom line is championships are won in NY and California. That's where the Cup belongs. The daily CD cards are awful. NY is eating their breakfast, lunch, and diner. Churchill has two important cards a year; Oaks and Derby day. Nothing after that. The only reason they get the Cup is because they can handle the crowd and Breeders have a vested interest in racing there. Belmont and Santa Anita are superior racetracks.
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.
MJP- If you need to go to the track ATM shame on you. As for beer, NYRA is one of the few tracks in the world that lets patrons bring in their own beer or liquor. Again, shame on you if you waited on a line for beer or spirits. I agree that NYRA management sucked under Charles Hayward. Hopefully it gets better but Belmont has more seating than any track in the country. Also, for whatever reason, the Belmont Stakes averages twice the crowd of the Breeders Cup. I never saw long lines at a Belmont BC and i went to all of them. I haven't gone to a Belmont Stakes since Colonial Affair won.
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.
And portable lights can be brought in for a few days. Its been done in other venues like baseball or football stadiums. Granted, you have to cover a much larger area but it can be done.
The Breeders Cup comitee sucks. How they continue to exclude NY is insane. I've said this before; Hold the Breeders Cup on Labor Day weekend at Saratoga. The crowds would be huge. Change the stakes calendar for that year. It would also attract more horses from Europe and Japan because they wouldn't miss the Arc or Japan Cup. Very few Arc runners come after the race. More would come before the race. Where is it written that the BC must race in late October or early November? This is a bold move that would be a HUGE success at the windows. I guarantee it would set an all time record handle for the BC.
Nothing quite like a cold & windy night in mid-November on the Jersey Shore. Forgetaboutit!
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