LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 24, 2014) – The Breeders’ Cup, one of Thoroughbred racing’s most prestigious international events, has today announced Santa Anita Park, in Arcadia, Calif, as the host site of the 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championships – the ninth time that Santa Anita, one of the most iconic tracks in the country, will play host to the Breeders’ Cup. The event will be held on November 4-5, 2016.
The announcement marks the second time in the event’s history and the first time since 1993 that the Breeders’ Cup has revealed on the same day more than one future host site for the World Championships. In addition to Santa Anita, the brand’s multi-year location strategy includes bringing the event to Keeneland Race Course, in Lexington, Ky. in 2015 and Del Mar, near San Diego, Calif. in 2017.
“Bringing the Breeders’ Cup back to Santa Anita Park in 2016 further solidifies the Championships as a leading global sports and entertainment event held at one of the world’s most magnificent racing venues,” said Craig Fravel, Breeders’ Cup President and CEO. “As the only track that will have hosted the Breeders’ for three consecutive years, we welcome the opportunity to work again with Santa Anita management and staff, the Stronach Group, the Thoroughbred Owners of California and the Los Angeles community in delivering to our horsemen and fans an outstanding experience of world class racing and entertainment.”
Iconic Santa Anita Park, which opened on Dec. 25, 1934, has recently undergone $35 million in capital improvements to areas such as the Club House Box Seat Area, Chandelier Room, Turf Terrace, Eddie Logan Suite and private suites atop the Grandstand Club House Box Seat Area. The Great Race Place will host the Breeders’ Cup World Championships for an unprecedented third consecutive year on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, and is proud to have been selected to host the event for a record ninth time in 2016.
“We are excited and grateful to host the 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championships," said Tom Ludt, President of Santa Anita Park. “Santa Anita Park offers horsemen, local fans and our many out-of-town guests the opportunity to experience the best that the sport has to offer, from racing to dining and hospitality. We look forward to working with the Breeders’ Cup to put on a very successful event both this year and again in 2016.”
The multi-year host site decision is part of Breeders’ Cup larger, forward-thinking growth strategy to showcase the best of what Thoroughbred racing has to offer and is an extension of the brand’s “The Best Is Yet To Come” campaign which promises a curated Thoroughbred racing experience that will attract the best horses, the best owners and the best marketing partners.
Both Keeneland, which will be the site of next year’s event on October 30 and 31, and Del Mar, which will have the 2017 Breeders’ Cup on November 3 and 4, will be hosting the Breeders’ Cup for the first time in the event’s 30-year history. All event dates are pending approval by the tracks’ respective states.
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 World Championships will be held at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., on Oct. 31 – Nov. 1, and will be televised live on the NBC Sports Network and NBC. The $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic will be shown live and in primetime on NBC. 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.
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.