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08-08-2012, 07:36 PM
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I wouldn't be shocked to see a return to Monmouth or Belmont in 2014/15 but the near-guarantee with California's climate is an influential factor. The weather conditions in New Jersey, as we remember, were ugly the last time the event was held there.

Belmont was likely hindered because of recent past New York/NYRA political and legal matters.

Gulfstream is likely too small.

Arlington, Del Mar and others have poly which could be detrimental to their causes. I don't know if the surface is an overwhelming consideration but I'd like to see Del Mar host the event -- it would have great visuals for TV, such as Churchill under the lights, but for different imagery.

Pimlico maybe lacks the mustard in the eyes of those who matter.

Santa Anita Park has been selected to host the 2013 Breeders’ Cup pending the approval of a final host-site agreement, according to several officials involved in the discussions.

If the final contract details are worked out and approved by the Breeders’ Cup board, Santa Anita will become the host site for the two-day Breeders’ Cup event for the seventh time total and the fourth time since 2008. The track will be the site of this year’s event on Nov. 2-3, and it was also the host for the 2008 and 2009 events.

Santa Anita was identified as the 2013 host site over a short list of other contenders that included only Churchill Downs in Louisville and Monmouth Park in New Jersey. Monmouth Park, which held the event in 2007, was the first track to be passed over in the selection process, though it has been encouraged to apply for the 2014 event. Churchill, which has held the Breeders’ Cup eight times, including in 2010 and 2011, is expected to lobby aggressively for the 2014 event as well.

Santa Anita has several ardent supporters on the Breeders’ Cup board because of the track’s location within the enormous Los Angeles metropolitan area and because of the mild Southern California climate. The event has also been welcomed by area politicians such as L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the state legislature, which annually grants Breeders’ Cup tax breaks when the event is held in the state.

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