Breeders' Cup announced on Thursday that the two-day competition will be held at Santa Anita Park in Southern California in 2019, marking a record-breaking 11th time that the venue has been chosen to host the competition.
The Breeders' Cup board has long sought Santa Anita, first, for its capacity to attract sizable crowds, mild fall weather, a compelling broadcast background, and its West Coast time zone.
The last time the race was run there, in 2019, an all-sources wagering record was set.
In a statement announcing the site choice, Breeders' Cup CEO Drew Fleming said, "Santa Anita's exceptional reputation and gorgeous facility provide us with the ideal setting to continue to grow our audience by combining the best that racing, hospitality, and entertainment have to offer."
The occasion is slated for November 3–4.
The event is being held at Keeneland Racecourse in Lexington this year, which has hosted the event twice in the last three years.
There shouldn't be any restrictions on attendance at Santa Anita.
With 118,484 spectators, Santa Anita broke the previous attendance mark for the two-day event in 2016.
According to Jim Gluckson, a Breeders' Cup representative, Santa Anita will be able to provide fans with walk-up general admission tickets, unlike other recent host tracks.
Beyond its sizable grandstand, which has undergone numerous renovations over the past 20 years, Santa Anita offers more benefits than any other track and is frequently chosen as a host location.
The San Gabriel Mountains beyond the backstretch provide a gorgeous background for the television coverage, and historical meteorological data indicates that temperatures for the event often range in the high 60s with little winds and lots of sunshine.
Because the races are conducted later in the day across the United States, Breeders' Cup events at West Coast venues frequently handle more spectators than those at East Coast venues.
On each card at a West Coast venue, a number of the final races take place on primetime television on the East Coast.
August 4, 2022