The Maryland Jockey Club hosted officials from the Breeders' Cup Saturday at Laurel Park, showcasing the latest facility improvements and delivering a larger-than-expected turnout in its first ever “Fantasy Ownership” Day. The Stronach Group, MJC's parent company, is hopeful to secure the Breeders' Cup series of championship races at Laurel Park sometime in the near future, and Saturday appeared to be a positive step in that direction.
“We went over to the Governor's (Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan) office and he couldn't be more enthusiastic about the progress they're making here in racing in Maryland,” Breeders' Cup president and CEO Craig Fravel told Acacia Courtney in a taped interview. “The Governor was obviously quite interested in talking to us about the Breeders' Cup. If enthusiasm is currency, we'd be here tomorrow.”
Locations for the Breeders' Cup event are already set for the next two years: in 2017, Del Mar will host its first ever Breeders' Cup, and in 2018 the event will return to Churchill Downs.
While Fravel declined to discuss possible future locations for the Breeders' Cup until they are officially announced, spokesman Jim Gluckson released the following statement on Friday: “We have a great relationship with the Stronach Group and appreciate all they have done for the Breeders' Cup as a host at Santa Anita Park. As a supporter of the Championships, we plan to continue having a great relationship with them.”
“Obviously the Stronach Group is a great partner of ours,” Fravel continued, “and if they ask us to take a look at one of their properties as a potential venue, we're going to do that.”
Watch the full interview here:
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