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The 2019 Breeders’ Cup will stay at Santa Anita Park

The Breeders’ Cup will not return to the Bluegrass in 2019.

Rather than avoid the Santa Anita Park deathtrap, the Breeders’ Cup board unanimously voted to keep the richest two days in horse racing at Santa Anita this fall.

Santa Anita’s spring meet made headlines for all the wrong reasons. Between Dec. 26 and the meet’s end last week, 30 horses died. The sharp increase forced the track to shut down for most of the month of March to investigate the problem.

Since then, Santa Anita enacted a variety of measures to improve safety at the track. Even so, the PR hit has taken its toll. The Breeders’ Cup weighed the pros and cons, but ultimately decided the negative PR and potential legal battle with the Stronach Group, the owner/operators of Santa Anita, was not enough to make the move to Churchill Downs.

Held on Nov. 1-2, this year the event falls on a Kentucky football bye week. It was too good to be true. Instead of enjoying a weekend at Churchill Downs, we’ll receive a week of stories leading into the event about Santa Anita’s problems. Hopefully that’s the only crisis horsemen face the first week of November.

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Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

10 Comments for The 2019 Breeders’ Cup will stay at Santa Anita Park



  1. Bluebloodtoo
    3:50 pm June 27, 2019 Permalink

    Where is the ASPCA when you need them?



  2. DerBaron
    3:55 pm June 27, 2019 Permalink

    Will be interesting to see if there will be full fields for each race. I know money talks but how many owners/trainers will risk it?



    • GravesCntyKid
      4:03 pm June 27, 2019 Permalink

      Since the track won’t police itself and the racing commission seems to be impotent, it is up to the owners to put an end to this travesty. If the owners stay away, the track will HAVE to address their issues. This is revealing the ugliest side in a notoriously dirty sport.



  3. imabucket
    4:10 pm June 27, 2019 Permalink

    So what exactly is it that could be causing this stuff ? I’m not to much of an expert when it comes to horse racing but first thing that comes to my mind is some kind of sickness like parvo would be to dogs . Is this what they are looking in or does It have something to do with the weather or physicality of the track ?



    • nocode96
      4:32 pm June 27, 2019 Permalink

      I think it’s a mix of all those. Huge fields, oddly cool weather, more races, and the track management basically looking the other way in trainers KNOWN to use PED’s on their horses. This is sad, but I think you can trace it back, in its simplest form, to people wanting money and not giving a shlt about the welfare of these awesome animals. It’s sad, really.



  4. eddiesuttonsliver
    4:27 pm June 27, 2019 Permalink

    horse racing has turned in to dog fighting for rich people.



    • cats646
      4:54 pm June 27, 2019 Permalink

      Lol not even close. These horses are treated better than most humans.



    • nocode96
      5:15 pm June 27, 2019 Permalink

      Many, yes. But they’re being drugged up and given little rest before competing for our amusement and money. Both of you are right to a degree. Think the truth lies somewhere in between.



  5. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    4:57 pm June 27, 2019 Permalink

    The Breeders’ Cup board must love horse meat if they’re willing to keep them there.



  6. J. Did
    6:35 pm June 27, 2019 Permalink

    Last time I went to the Breeder’s Cup, at Churchill Downs, it cold-pissed a down pouring rain – all day.