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With the 2014 Breeders’ Cup set to be held once again at Santa Anita, a Kentucky law that authorized tax incentives for the Cup will expire. State law stipulates that the Breeders’ Cup must hold its two-day championships in Kentucky at least once every three years....
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I would not be surprised if they extend the tax breaks since the real culprit is the Young Farmers Convention and the hotel rooms are booked and the events are overlapped. (Source = Wallyhorse)
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DegenerationX wrote:I would not be surprised if they extend the tax breaks since the real culprit is the Young Farmers Convention and the hotel rooms are booked and the events are overlapped. (Source = Wallyhorse)
A statement from the BC says that there were disagreements on financial terms between CD and the BC--and two paragraphs later, CD officials said there were NO financial disagreements. Either there were or there weren't...
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As noted at the Paulick Report:
In Churchill's case, the blame can be directly squared on Louisville officials for not asking the Future Farmers of America to move their main convention up or back by one week to accommodate the Breeders' Cup. That event not being moved is what cost Churchill any chance at the Breeders' Cup until 2016 as of now.
The real problems are these:
Breeders' Cup, Ltd. is HANDCUFFED to the current position the BC is on the schedule. The BC is four weeks after the Arc de Triomphe and (depending on the year) 3-4 weeks before the Japan Cup (three weeks in 2013 for the main Japan Cup and four for the Japan Cup Dirt). BC officials would lose a LOT of international horses who first go to Longchamp for the Arc festival and then might be looking at running in the Breeders' Cup events in between the events that make up the Arc festival and those in Japan if the BC were moved back even one week, as the connections of such horses would otherwise simply wait for the races in Japan. BC Ltd. would need the Japan Racing Association to agree to move back their big races by at least one week for BC Ltd. to move the BC back on the schedule.
This also forces the BC to Santa Anita for at least 2014 on two other accounts, both related to New York, and why the BC could not go to either Belmont Park or Monmouth Park (whether either venue installed lights or not as lights will be a requirement):
First is The New York City Marathon, which at least this year and next is on the Sunday after the Breeders' Cup. That event has seen a very sharp jump of need for hotel space by marathon officials and participants just from when Monmouth hosted the '07 BC, which reared its ugly head last year when many people displaced by Sandy were then being kicked out of hotel rooms by those in town for the NYC Marathon before it was cancelled. The marathon's popularity among tourist is likely to be even bigger because of last year's cancellation (forced upon them under pressure from many who were dealing with the aftereffects of Sandy to where they might have caused violence along the route had it gone on as scheduled), and hotel space may be even more scarce that weekend for non-marathon participants if that were the case.
The second problem with New York is the current first day of the BC is the day after the scheduled date for Game 7 of the World Series, which would create its own problems if the Yankees or Mets happened to be the home team for a World Series that went the distance (or even just got to Game 6, scheduled a day earlier). In that scenario, Major League Baseball would likely have priority on hotel space over those in town for both the BC and NYC marathon (as the visiting team along with media and fans would need that space), creating a nightmare in that scenario for both BC and NYC Marathon officials. That problem would be even worse if multiple rainouts happened as did in 1962 with Giants-Yankees that went the distance, '75 with Reds-Red Sox that went the distance and 2008 with Rays-Phillies where Game 5 was suspended for two days before it could be completed because of rain and/or snow. There also would have been multiple rainouts last year if the Giants had not swept the Tigers, as Game 5 of that series would have been postponed for three days by Sandy, which affected every single state east of the Mississippi in one way or another. Such multi-day rainouts would push Games 6 & 7 back a few days to where they were played on BC weekend, making already-bad problems even worse.
These problems are why Breeders' Cup, Ltd. in this case had no choice but to go back to Santa Anita.
If Frank really wants the BC badly enough, he could still have it, but move it around by installing lights at Pimlico Race Course and staging the Breeders' Cup there. People in Maryland and surrounding areas would make a point of being at Pimlico for the Breeders' Cup if it happened there, and the massive infield would allow Pimlico to hold 75-80,000 for the BC without much of a problem.
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