No big surprise here, but the Breeders’ Cup, circa 2012, will be the host of the two-day World Championships.
Santa Anita hosted the event in 2008-09.
The 2012 World Championships, which is set for Nov. 2-3, will be its sixth time as host site.
The announcement was made in Los Angeles.
Breeders’ Cup officials earlier said the 2012 host site would be selected from a pool of three tracks: Santa Anita, Belmont Park, and Churchill Downs.
Churchill will host the World Championships for the second consecutive year and record eighth time Nov. 4-5, 2011.
I can’t wait for that.
In early July published reports stated Santa Anita’s selection was a done deal even though the New York Racing Association had made a pitch for Belmont to host the 2012 event.
So, like I said, no great surprise that the California site was selected.
It’s a great place to see a race, in case you’ve never been there.
“We are thrilled to bring back the Breeders’ Cup to Southern California, which is always a strong draw for horse racing fans from around the world and where the Breeders’ Cup has always been embraced by the community,” Breeders’ Cup president and chief executive officer Craig Fravel said in a statement. “Santa Anita Park is a world-class racing venue that will once again provide a spectacular setting for two days of the best in international racing.”
“Hosting the Breeders’ Cup is important to the California horse racing industry and it is an honor for Santa Anita to be chosen as host of the Breeders’ Cup for the sixth time,” said Frank Stronach, chairman of The Stronach Group, which owns Santa Anita. “Our team looks forward to the challenge of building on the success of 2008 and 2009 with the 2012 Breeders’ Cup.”
The Breeders’ Cup generated more than $60 million in economic impact in the Los Angeles area in both 2008 and 2009, officials said.
Over the past five years the World Championships has experienced growth, expanding from eight to 15 races, increasing prize money from $14 million to $26 million, and growing total wagering from $140,332,198 to $173,339,131.
I KNOW I’ll be there.