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I know the 2011 Breeders Cup is 2 years away, but I'm curious about who is in line to host it. You would think the Breeders Cup would want to give the host track as much notice as possible to prepare for such a large event. I assume we will find out within the next few months, but this is horse racing and logic doesn't always apply.
Is Belmont or a NYRA track still the leader despite getting shafted for 2010? Is there any chance that a Monmouth, Lone Star, or Arlington Park type track could get it? I honestly think we won't see the BC leave Churchill, Cali, or New York for an indefinite amount of time (5 to 10 years maybe?). Any thoughts or insights into the 2011 BC?
I had thought the event was to be held at Churchill Downs in both 2010 and 2011, but after looking at the Breeders' Cup site, I only saw the news about next year. I thought I read somewhere that the Downs was hosting the next two years, but maybe I'm wrong about that.
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- It appears as though the Breeders' Cup will be headed back to Churchill Downs in 2010, if comments Monday by New York Racing Association president and chief executive officer Charles Hayward prove accurate.
At his annual end-of-meet press conference held in the Saratoga press box, Hayward was asked if NYRA was pursuing the Breeders' Cup for Belmont Park in 2010. Hayward said that in April the Breeders' Cup told him that Belmont would be getting the 2010 Breeders' Cup, only to be told by Breeders' Cup president Greg Avioli in early July that the Breeders' Cup would be going to Churchill Downs that year. Churchill Downs last hosted the Breeders' Cup in 2006, the year after Belmont last hosted the event.
"We pursued the Breeders' Cup in 2010; we were told by the Breeders Cup that we got the Breeders' Cup in 2010," Hayward said. "Breeders' Cup informed their board informally in April that Belmont was getting the Breeders' Cup in 2010, which in turn I informed our board [in May] we had a handshake deal for 2010. And then in July I get a phone call from Avioli that Churchill Downs . . . had made a proposal in the dark of night that got submitted to their selection committee. They convened some kind of emergency meeting of the board, and without telling us or offering us the ability to respond, they awarded the 2010 Breeders' Cup to Churchill Downs."
Breeders' Cup spokesman Jim Gluckson declined to comment on Hayward's assertion, except to say, "We're considering multiple options for the 2010 Breeders' Cup. When we're ready to make an announcement, we'll do so at that time."
Churchill Downs spokesman John Asher said: "We're anxious to bring the Breeders' Cup back to Churchill Downs as soon as possible. Regarding 2010, until there's a formal announcement from Breeders' Cup, we don't have any further comment."
The Breeders' Cup is scheduled to be run over the newly installed synthetic surface at Santa Anita this year and next. Before the Breeders' Cup apparently awarded the 2010 edition to Churchill Downs, Hayward said Belmont could be used as a back-up site this year and next year in case something went wrong at Santa Anita. Hayward has withdrawn that offer.
"When they awarded Churchill Downs the 2010 Breeders' Cup, we suggested they might use Churchill as back-up site [in 2008-2009],'' Hayward said. "If we weren't going to get it in 2010, I don't think we wanted to do all the work it might take to do it in 2008 or 2009. The earliest you'll see the Breeders' Cup at Belmont is 2011."
The Breeders' Cup, first run in 1984, has been conducted most often at Churchill Downs (six times) and Belmont (four).
You are correct in that tracks are not lining up for it. In fact most dont want it. BC rapes the host track to the extent they dont make any money. I would say give it to Woodbine, if they would take it.
OK..nice article...now do you honestly think they are upset about not hosting a breeders cup at Belmont?
I would be a vegetarian if BACON grew on trees
Mr. Hayward is clearly upset about the fact that the BC will not be jerking him around. How do the rest of them feel? I really have no idea, but If I had to guess, I'd say no the majority aren't upset.
Agree Sro...100%. Dont get me wrong, having the BC at Belmont would make my yearly trip to the event a heck of a lot cheaper and easier:). Basically a money loser for the host track though
I would be a vegetarian if BACON grew on trees
What is the opinion of having it at Woodbine again. I mean, the pros & cons, assuming that Woodbine would like to have it.
"And Afleet Alex just ran right by Giacomo like he was standing still!"
Tom Durkin, 2005 Belmont Stakes
Pro's are the Best Turf Course around, can fit any size field and the best horse usually wins due to the enourmous size of it. Pro's also would be bad weather a non issue with the Synthetic. Think in the past Woodbine has been a great site. It is a track or circuit where racing is clearly on the upswing, nowhere else can say that.
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