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OAK TREE RACING ASSOCIATION AT SANTA ANITA PARK TO HOST 2003 BREEDERS' CUP WORLD THOROUGHBRED CHAMPIONSHIPS
Officials of Breeders' Cup Limited have reached an agreement with the Oak Tree Racing Association to hold the 2003 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif.
The 20th running of the Breeders' Cup, consisting of eight races with purses and awards totaling $13 million, will be run next year on Saturday, October 25, and will be televised live by NBC Sports.
"We are delighted to reunite with the Oak Tree Racing Association in returning to Santa Anita for our 20th Breeders' Cup," said D.G. Van Clief, Jr., Breeders' Cup president. "Santa Anita is an outstanding facility with a great tradition of showcasing top flight international racing for both its horsemen and its fans. As with the previous two runnings of the Breeders' Cup during the Oak Tree Meets at Santa Anita, we look forward to another excellent presentation of the World Thoroughbred Championships."
"In the past three years, we have had two false starts; therefore, it is with particular pleasure to learn that Oak Tree has been selected to host the 2003 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships," said Sherwood Chillingworth, Oak Tree Racing Association executive vice president and director. "Dr. Jack Robbins, president, and all of the other members of our Board, are very pleased that Oak Tree was so honored. We will undertake every effort to make the event as interesting and enjoyable for the participants and fans as we possibly can."
This will be the third time that the Oak Tree Racing Association has hosted the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at Santa Anita Park. Santa Anita was also the Breeders' Cup site during the Oak Tree Meets in 1986 and in 1993.
In addition to Santa Anita, during its 18-year history, the Breeders' Cup has also been held at Aqueduct Racetrack and Belmont Park in New York, Churchill Downs in Kentucky, Hollywood Park in California, Gulfstream Park in Florida and Woodbine Racetrack in Ontario, Canada. This year's Breeders' Cup will be run on October 26 at Arlington Park in Arlington Heights, Ill.
The 1986 Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita, before a crowd of 69,155, featured the wire-to-wire victory by Horse of the Year Lady's Secret in the Breeders' Cup Distaff. A Breeders' Cup on- track record handle of $15,410,409 was wagered that day. The 1993 Breeders' Cup saw the biggest upset winner in Breeders' Cup history, when the French horse Arcangues won the Breeders' Cup Classic at odds of 133-1.That race was preceded by Kotashaan's victory in the Breeders' Cup Turf, which earned him Horse of the Year honors. Total wagering of $79,744,742 established a then record North American mark for the Breeders' Cup races.
Oak Tree Racing Association was formed in 1969 as a not-for-profit organization with all of its net profits going to charitable entities, particularly those equine-related. Since its inception, Oak Tree has contributed more than $18 million for these purposes.
The NTRA is a broad-based coalition of horseracing interests, including the American Quarter Horse Association, charged with increasing popularity of horseracing and improving economic conditions for industry participants. The NTRA and Breeders' Cup Limited also conduct the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, Thoroughbred racing's year-end Championships consisting of eight races and $13 million in purses and awards, the Breeders' Cup Stakes Program and the Great State Challenge. The NTRA has offices in Lexington, Ky., and New York City. NTRA press releases appear on the NTRA Web site, NTRA.com.
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