Breeders' Cup to return to Santa Anita in 2012
This year’s Breeders’ Cup will be Nov. 4-5 at Churchill Downs. Dates for the 2012 Breeders' Cup, while not yet announced, are likely to be Friday and Saturday, Nov. 2-3.
Several racing officials acknowledged Friday, without wanting to be named, that Santa Anita beat out Churchill Downs and Belmont Park for next year’s event. It will mark the sixth time the lucrative and prestigious show will be held at Santa Anita, which most recently held it in 2008 and 2009 to rave reviews.
The Breeders’ Cup annually offers more than $25 million in purses over two days of racing, with no single purse less than $500,000. The main race, the Breeders’ Cup Classic, is worth $5 million.
Photo: Rainbow View works out before the 2009 Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times