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BREEDERS' CUP NOTES

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BREEDERS' CUP LIMITED BOARD OF DIRECTORS APPROVES CONDITIONAL MULTI-YEAR HOST TRACK SELECTION FOR WORLD THOROUGHBRED CHAMPIONSHIPS

Event Site Preferences Named for 2002 Through 2005

At its Sept. 7 meeting in Lexington, Ky., the Board of Directors of Breeders' Cup Limited approved a conditional rotation schedule for the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships host tracks that extends through 2005.

Venues that have been provisionally selected to host the World Thoroughbred Championships are:

Year Racetrack Location

  • 2002 Arlington Park Arlington Heights, Ill.
  • 2003 Oak Tree at Santa Anita Arcadia, Calif.
  • 2004 Churchill Downs Louisville, Ky.
  • 2005 Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie Grand Prairie, Texas

Track selection is contingent upon finalized contracts between Breeders' Cup Limited and the designated host sites, availability of appropriate racing days, adequate state and community support for the event and the satisfactory resolution of issues relative to the operation and staging of the World Thoroughbred Championships.

"There are multiple advantages to extending our selection horizon," said D.G. Van Clief Jr., president of Breeders' Cup Limited. "We believe that this updated strategy is beneficial to both Breeders' Cup and its various partners for a host of reasons centering on event operations and marketing.

"Everyone should remember, however, that a significant number of issues must be resolved before the selection of any of these sites can be considered final."

The 18th running of the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships will take place on Oct. 27, 2001, at Belmont Park, Elmont, N.Y., and will be televised live on NBC from 1:00-6:00 p.m. (ET).

Breeders' Cup Limited is a not-for-profit organization based in Lexington, Ky., whose primary goal is to build positive public awareness of Thoroughbred racing and expand opportunities for enhancement of the Thoroughbred industry. In conjunction with the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), Breeders' Cup Limited conducts the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, Thoroughbred racing's year-end Championships consisting of eight races and $13 million in purses and awards, and the Breeders' Cup National Stakes Program, both of which are funded by the industry's owners and breeders. For more information visit breederscup.com.

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