As the road to the Breeders' Cup ramps up, the Paulick Report will be having some fun with the HRTV.com Breeders' Cup Question of the Week. Featured primarily on our Facebook page, the HRTV.com Breeders' Cup Question of the Week polls our readers on a subject related to the Breeders' Cup World Championships each Monday. On Wednesday of each week, we'll pick the best five answers and present them to our readers to vote on their favorite. The winner will receive three free months of HRTV.com online video subscription!
This week's question: If you could choose any place in the country/world to host the Breeders' Cup, where would it be and why? Here are the five answers selected as finalists:
1. I am partial to Churchill Downs because it is close to home, and I attended the last 2 years. But…. I totally support the idea of rotating the venue between tracks all over the country.
2. …a track without a “synthetic” surface…
3. There are only so many tracks that can handle the size of a Breeders' Cup crowd. Keeneland is a lovely, thought, but 30,000 at Keeneland makes it hard to breathe. I still think that the best site for hosting the Breeders' Cup year in and year out is Churchill Downs. Big enough to handle it, in the heart of horse country, and always produces the best attended Breeders' Cups. Lastly, for the non-racing public, it is the most recognized track in the country, and as such, a BC from Churchill is likely to attract more viewers.
4. I love the idea of rotating the Breeders Cup to various tracks to expose attendee's to the rich history of horse racing across the country. I love going to Santa Anita (great weather!) and Churchill Downs (Visit the farms!) but it would be fun if Del Mar could remodel their turf course and host the BC (Fish Tacos at the Brig) or Fair Grounds (temporary grandstands – they could do it! and we could “do” New Orleans at night!!). There are lots of other tracks worthy of hosting. And hey – if we are the best two days of racing in the world, then maybe we should go international to draw in the better European, Japanese and Australian horses. When you look at the fan base who pay too much for their tickets at the Derby, or those who make the trek to Dubai, an international base for the Breeders Cup deserves a study.
5. There are so many wonderful tracks to choose from. My only desire would be a natural dirt track. Churchill in Kentucky, Hialeah or Gulfstream in Florida especially for the wonderful weather in November.
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