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Breeders’ Cup to Return to Santa Anita in 2013

breeders cupThe Breeders’ Cup announced today that the 30th Breeders’ Cup World Championships will return to Santa Anita again in 2013.

Santa Anita, which will be the site of this year’s Breeders’ Cup on Nov. 2-3, has hosted the Breeders’ Cup World Championships five times, most recently back-to-back editions in 2008 and 2009, both of which set new records for attendance and wagering.

The 2013 Breeders’ Cup will be televised on the NBC Sports Network, and the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic will be shown live and in primetime on NBC from 8-9 p.m. ET. The NBC Sports Network is also televising this year’s Breeders’ Cup with primetime coverage of the Classic on NBC, Nov. 3.

“We are delighted to extend our partnership with Santa Anita, to celebrate the 30th edition of our Championships in Southern California and for the unprecedented opportunity to showcase the Breeders’ Cup Classic in primetime for a second consecutive year.  We are equally looking forward to bringing racing fans a world-class event at one of the world’s greatest racing venues,” said Breeders’ Cup President and CEO Craig Fravel. “Southern California and the greater Los Angeles community are always exceptional hosts for fans and horsemen alike from the event’s launch in 1984 and, most recently, at the 2008 and 2009 World Championships.”

The 2013 running of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships marks the 10th time the event will be held in Southern California over its 30-year history. According to a study by Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, the Breeders’ Cup generated in excess of $60 million in economic impact in the Los Angeles area in both 2008 and 2009. Next year’s running will mark the seventh time that Santa Anita will host the Breeders’ Cup, after hosting the event in 1986, 1993, 2003, 2008 and 2009 and this year.

“We are very proud that California has once again been selected to host the Breeders’ Cup and we will take all the steps necessary to ensure that the Breeders’ Cup this November and next year at Santa Anita will be of the highest caliber for our racing fans and horsemen in our state and for our guests attending from around the world,” said Keith Brackpool, chairman of the California Horse Racing Board.