The announcement became final this morning for the next Breeders’ Cup World Championship dates and locations. #TheBestIsYetToCome, there’s no doubt about that. From Keeneland, Santa Anita Park, and Del Mar, Breeders’ Cup introduces the key element of the company’s long-term strategy to elevate the Breeders’ Cup stature as a preeminent luxury sports and entertainment event.
“In solidifying the Breeders’ Cup World Championships as a leading global event in Thoroughbred racing, we are very pleased to align ourselves with three of the world’s premier racetracks in Keeneland, Santa Anita and Del Mar,” said Craig Fravel, Breeders’ Cup President and CEO.
From luxury horses to luxury lifestyle, we look forward to following #Breederscup14, #Breederscup15, #Breederscup16, and #Breederscup17. “It’s an truly exciting time in the equestrian industry to watch an event like Breeders’ Cup combine both luxury lifestyle with traditional horse racing. In my opinion, it’s truly magical and I hope that more equestrian events can catch on and notice the impact of connecting,”- Ashley Cline of EquestrianStylist.com
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About Breeders’ Cup
The Breeders’ Cup administers the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Thoroughbred racing’s year-end Championships. The Breeders’ Cup also administers the Breeders’ Cup Challenge qualifying series, which provides automatic starting positions into the Championships races. The 2014 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, consisting of 14 races and purses totaling $27 million will be held October 31-Nov. 1 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., and will be televised live by the NBC Sports Group. Breeders’ Cup press releases appear on the Breeders’ Cup Web site, www.breederscup.com. You can also follow the Breeders’ Cup on social media platforms, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
For more than 75 years, the Keeneland Association has devoted itself to the health and vibrancy of the Thoroughbred industry. As the world’s largest Thoroughbred auction company, Keeneland conducts sales every January, April, September and November. Its sales graduates dominate racing across the globe at every level. In April and October, Keeneland offers some of the highest caliber and richest Thoroughbred racing in the world. Uniquely structured, Keeneland is a private, for-profit corporation that returns its earnings back to the industry and the community in the form of higher purses, as well as millions of dollars in charitable contributions for education, research and health and human services throughout Central Kentucky.
About Santa Anita
Santa Anita Park is a Stronach Group company, North America’s leading Thoroughbred racetrack owner/operator. The Stronach Group racetracks include Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park & Casino, Golden Gate Fields, Portland Meadows, Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course, home of the world-famous Preakness. The company owns and operates the Palm Meadows Training Center in Florida, and is one of North America’s top race horse breeders through its award-winning Adena Springs operation. The Stronach Group is one of the world’s largest suppliers of pari-mutuel wagering systems, technologies and services. Its companies include AmTote, a global leader in wagering technology; Xpressbet, an Internet and telephone account wagering service; and Monarch Content Management, which acts as a simulcast purchase and sales agent of horseracing content for numerous North American racetracks and wagering outlets.The Stronach Group is also a major producer of televised horseracing programming through its HRTV cable and satellite network and is North America’s premier supplier of virtual online horseracing games, as well as a leading producer of social media content for the horseracing industry.
About Del Mar
Del Mar, just a few furlongs from the Pacific Ocean, has been a racing holiday location since its founding in 1937 by Hollywood pals Bing Crosby and Pat O’Brien. Owner-breeder Crosby, known as the original laid-back Californian, put his special stamp on the place “where nobody’s in a hurry but the horses.” Bing penned and sang a ditty called “Where the Turf Meets the Surf” in 1938 and the song is still played today at the start and finish of every card. That same year the track itself became famous when it hosted a match race between champion Seabiscuit and South American star Ligaroti, broadcast live on Crosby’s highly popular radio show coast to coast. Johnny Longden set the world’s record for most wins by a rider on Labor Day in 1956, a mark broken on Labor Day 1970 at Del Mar by Bill Shoemaker. The seaside oval has evolved from a “quaint country track” to one of America’s racing stalwarts, a proving grounds for stars-in-the-making and stars-in-fact guided by first-rate horsemen and enjoyed by enthusiastic racing crowds all summer long. This fall Del Mar will conduct a second racing season during the month of November.