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11-05-2012, 04:43 PM
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Some interesting remarks here. Looks as if there was discussion to make Santa Anita the permanent home of the race. Baffert said he didn't think there was much to the "home advantage" and if anything he was proven correct this year.

Nevertheless, the 2012 Breeders’ Cup was a rousing success for a variety of reasons, including the picture-perfect weather at the most picturesque racing venue in the country. Although the movement to make Santa Anita the permanent home of the World Championships has apparently been derailed, there is no other racetrack that would be worthy of claiming the Breeders’ Cup for its own.

Santa Anita put on a spectacular show while providing track conditions that resulted in victories by horses from the East Coast, West Coast, Europe and even Argentina. In fact, six horses that had last raced in New York were victorious, while only two Southern California-based horses cashed in on a home-track advantage. While Easterners historically had been at a disadvantage, they were allowed to demonstrate their clear superiority over their cross-country rivals on a fair surface.

Santa Anita-based trainer Bob Baffert may not be quite as enthusiastic about the fair track after being blanked with 10 starters. But in the end, his horses weren’t good enough.

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