The board of directors of the Breeders’ Cup today unanimously elected to keep the 2019 event at Santa Anita Park.
“Foremost among the core values of the Breeders’ Cup are the safety and integrity of the competition, and we hold ourselves to the highest standards of both,” said Craig Fravel, President and CEO of the Breeders’ Cup after meting in Lexington, KY.
“It is clear that meaningful and effective reforms and best practices have been implemented in recent months at Santa Anita through the collective efforts of The Stronach Group, the Thoroughbreds Owners of California, the California Thoroughbred Trainers and the California Horse Racing Board. “
Some insiders were betting that the event would be moved to Churchill Downs in Louisville, KY, where hotel room rates have more than doubled for that weekend.
“We fully embrace those reforms and will devote our time and energy in the coming months to further advance those efforts,” said Fravel. “We look forward to showing the world the best in Thoroughbred racing at one of its finest venues.”
The Breeders’ Cup board made the right decision for the Breeders’ Cup and for the racing industry, affirming a recent HRI editorial. That much was was confirmed by Fravel in today’s statement