Breeders’ Cup Decides To Keep World Championships At Santa Anita

by | 06.27.2019 | 3:26pm
The Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita in 2016

 After a meeting of and discussion with its Board of Directors today in Lexington, Ky., Breeders' Cup Limited affirmed by unanimous decision its commitment to conduct the 2019 Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. on November 1-2. This will mark the 10th time the event will be held at Santa Anita, the most of any host venue over the 36-year history of the Breeders' Cup.

“Foremost among the core values of the Breeders' Cup are the safety and integrity of the competition and we hold ourselves, our host sites and our competitors, to the highest standards of both. It is clear that meaningful and effective reforms and best practices have been implemented in recent months at Santa Anita through the collective efforts of The Stronach Group, the Thoroughbred Owners of California, the California Thoroughbred Trainers, and the California Horse Racing Board,” said Craig Fravel, President and CEO of the Breeders' Cup. “We fully embrace those reforms and will devote our time and energy in the coming months to further advance those efforts. We look forward to showing the world the best in Thoroughbred racing at one of its finest venues.”

The Breeders' Cup is committed to conducting its annual World Championship event at the highest levels of safety and integrity. For more information please visit the Breeders' Cup Safety & Integrity web page.

Statements on Breeders' Cup Commitment to Santa Anita Park
“The NTRA fully supports the decision of the Breeders' Cup Board of Directors to affirm its commitment to host the 2019 Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park on November 1-2. California regulators, racetrack operators, owners, and horsemen have worked together to institute significant and effective reforms and we will lend our assistance in all capacities to ensure this year's two-day event is a rousing success.” – Alex Waldrop, president and CEO, National Thoroughbred Racing Association.

“Thank you to the Breeders' Cup Board of Directors for their support today in reaffirming their commitment to host the Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita this November.  Santa Anita and The Stronach Group remain steadfast in our commitment to put the health and safety of the horses and riders above all else and we are pleased that the Breeders' Cup board recognized and shares in that goal. We also thank our state's industry stakeholders, including the Thoroughbred Owners of California, the California Thoroughbred Trainers, the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association, the California Horse Racing Board, along with the hard-working men and women who work directly with the horses, and those employees who take care of our customers, for embracing the reforms that have been put in place this winter at Santa Anita as we collectively work towards making California racing the safest and best in the world.” – Belinda Stronach, chairman, The Stronach Group.

“Keeneland fully supports the decision of the Breeders' Cup Board of Directors to keep the 2019 World Championships at Santa Anita. We know it was not undertaken lightly, and required extensive thought and discussion by all parties involved. Given the continued reforms implemented by The Stronach Group for the safety of horses and jockeys, Santa Anita has positioned itself to be an appropriate host site for this year's World Championships. The Breeders' Cup has the best interest of our equine and human athletes at the heart of every decision it makes, and this one is no exception.” – Bill Thomason, president and CEO, Keeneland Association.

“Del Mar Thoroughbred Club fully supports Breeders' Cup decision to remain at Santa Anita Park in 2019. This was an important recognition of the efforts undertaken by all of California racing and we appreciate the continued support. We also look forward to hosting the World Championships here at Del Mar again in 2021.” – Joe Harper, CEO, Del Mar Thoroughbred Club

“We're certainly pleased that the Breeders' Cup recognizes the improvements and safety measures made collectively by the Governor's Office, California Horse Racing Board (CHRB), The Stronach Group, the Thoroughbred Owners of California, and the California Thoroughbred Trainers. The newest measures, along with earlier ones (safety initiatives, Review Panel), gave Breeders' Cup officials confidence that we in California are doing our very best to protect racehorses and their riders. California hosted the first Breeders' Cup in 1984 and has been a mainstay of the program by hosting 13 Breeders' Cups through 2018 – nine of them at Santa Anita.  We look forward to working with all involved in making the state's 14th Breeders' Cup as safe and successful as possible.” — Chuck Winner, chairman, California Horse Racing Board

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