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Breeders' Cup to return to Santa Anita in 2012

August 5, 2011 |  3:43 pm

Breederscup The Breeders’ Cup will hold a luncheon Wednesday at L.A. Live to confirm one of the worst-kept secrets in horse racing in recent years -- that the 2012 Breeders’ Cup will be held at Santa Anita.

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.

--Bill Dwyre

Photo: Rainbow View works out before the 2009 Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

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