08/08/2012 3:20PM

Breeders' Cup: Santa Anita selected as host for 2013 event

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Santa Anita Park has been selected to host the 2013 Breeders’ Cup pending the approval of a final host-site agreement, according to several officials involved in the discussions.

If the final contract details are worked out and approved by the Breeders’ Cup board, Santa Anita will become the host site for the two-day Breeders’ Cup event for the seventh time total and the fourth time since 2008. The track will be the site of this year’s event on Nov. 2-3, and it was also the host for the 2008 and 2009 events.

Santa Anita was identified as the 2013 host site over a short list of other contenders that included only Churchill Downs in Louisville and Monmouth Park in New Jersey. Monmouth Park, which held the event in 2007, was the first track to be passed over in the selection process, though it has been encouraged to apply for the 2014 event. Churchill, which has held the Breeders’ Cup eight times, including in 2010 and 2011, is expected to lobby aggressively for the 2014 event as well.

Santa Anita has several ardent supporters on the Breeders’ Cup board because of the track’s location within the enormous Los Angeles metropolitan area and because of the mild Southern California climate. The event has also been welcomed by area politicians such as L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the state legislature, which annually grants Breeders’ Cup tax breaks when the event is held in the state.

The selection of Santa Anita as the host site for the second year in a row also dovetails with a preference by some Breeders’ Cup officials to run consecutive events at the same site to leverage the organization’s marketing efforts. Breeders’ Cup has limited marketing funds, compared to other major sporting events, and holding the event at a site consecutively stretches the impact of the organization’s efforts to publicize the event throughout the first year of the two-year cycle.

A Breeders’ Cup spokesman, Jim Gluckson, reiterated on Wednesday that “it is Breeders’ Cup policy not to comment on host track selection until the process has been completed.”

Officials involved in the process said that they expected to announce that Santa Anita has been tabbed as the host in mid-August, along the same timeline as the announcement was made last year. Breeders’ Cup is reluctant to publicly identify the host site until the organization has secured hotel and special-event accommodations for the area because of concerns that local businesses will raise their rates if the site is known in advance.

Ambihill More than 1 year ago
What hurt Fair Grounds from getting the Breeders Cup is when the old Fair Grounds burned down, the owners did not build a grandstand/club house big enough to hold a Breeders Cup crowd.
Rickey Cooper More than 1 year ago
I don't think arlington will get it again because of what happend with the pick six pool somebody stole it and it was never refunded.
Nathan More than 1 year ago
THIS IS WHY RACING IS GOING DOWN THE TUBES. BELMONT? WOODBINE?ARLINGTON? FAIRGROUNDS? THESE CITIES HAVE RACING FANS TOO. THIS IS WHY NEWMARKET WILL GET ALL THE GOOD HORSES ON THEIR CHAMPION DAY. WOODBINE WILL GET THE REST ON THEIR CHAMPIONSHIP DAY. BAD ENOUGH NO LASIX FOR 2 Y.O., BUT S.A., AGAIN? IT'S A JOKE.
cory s More than 1 year ago
the whole point to bc was to move it around. I know monmouth was a nightmare due to the teorrential rain but that can happen....what about belmont, arlington gulfstream.....even lonestar had a great event in 2004.....why only SA and CD now ???
Joe Masterson More than 1 year ago
I'll pass on the plastic surface, but will play the turf!
Jim Boehm More than 1 year ago
TRACK IS DIRT JOE
Tom Smith More than 1 year ago
track is a joke worst surface in the country
peter k More than 1 year ago
Just like handicapping,realize there are varied opinions,but I would like to see it at Belmont. Unfortunately the nys polticos are soon to be running nyra and they would most likely mess it up anyway. The politicos do not know a horse from a goat and look how they treated the participants in the Belmont Stakes. peter k
Irene Davis More than 1 year ago
You are so right, Peter! It's sad to see Belmont w/o a BC since 2005. We love Belmont and the 2005 BC was a dandy! Have no issues traveling to KY for the BC, but not cross country, year after year. I'll stay home and watch it on my wide screen and use Xpressbet!
richard montgomery More than 1 year ago
No problem with SA since they got rid of the silica sand, synthetic fibers, elastic fibers, granulated rubber and wax coating track.
JOHN CAPPER More than 1 year ago
It has nothing to do with NYRA. I know this for a fact. Having it 2x at CD and 2x at SA is smart, they think. It gives horses a chance to redeem themselves and will increase handle when horses show up 2 years in a row for some races. It will be much easier to "sell" to the public, thereby increasing racings fanbase and sure, it looks like a big farse, but in the end 2x at CD, 2x at SA and then 1x at Monmouth will be a winning combination.
Benjamin Ricciardi More than 1 year ago
I love this sport and always will, but I won't bet the breeder's cup as long as they keep holding it in Cali every year. Florida, NJ, NY, MD, Ky, texas, La, and Ill all have solid racing as well as PA, which may be some of the best racing around recently. There's an old joke about the world series not really being a world series since they always play it in the bronx. Well this BC WOrld Championship isn't a World Championship if you always run the races at Santa Anita.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Breeders' Cup WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS should be held in Europe if it is to be truley a world class event. I think Ireland is building such a facility with dirt, turf and fake surfaces to please everyone.