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Monday, January 08, 2007

Breeders Cup Breaking News Bit

Courtesy YahooNews, Reuters...

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Breeders' Cup world thoroughbred championships
announced Monday the addition of three $1 million races and a second day to its program. The changes, the most significant expansion to the Breeders' Cup since it was formed 24 years ago, will begin at this year's event at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J., on October 26-27.
"Today's marketplace demands change, innovation and the willingness to take chances," Breeders' Cup President Greg Avioli said in a statement.
"The Breeders' Cup board has embraced this and is giving us the freedom and responsibility to take the event to the next level."
The new races, to be run Friday, October 26, are the Dirt Mile for three-year-olds and up, the Filly & Mare Sprint for three-year-olds and up, and the Juvenile Turf, a one-mile event.
In addition to the three new races, there will be three other stakes races on the Friday card that will each carry a purse of $250,000, Breeders Cup officials said.
Purses for the 10-race October 26 card will total $4 million, making it the second-richest racing day in North America.
Total purses for the 11 Breeders' Cup races over the two days will increase to $23 million, up from $20 million at the 2006 event held at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.
The changes to the program, authorized January 5 by the Breeders' Cup board of directors, must be approved by the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, which operates Monmouth Park, and the New Jersey Racing Commission.

2 Comments:

  • At 10:19 PM, Anonymous Voodoo said…

    I think the additions are great! I'm really looking forward to it! I'll be really nice watching the Juvies on the turf!

     
  • At 10:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I can understand why they have added select races, but it will serve to take away from what has traditionally been "breeders cup day".

    Where do you draw the line?

    Sooner or later there will be the filly and mare polytrack, the polytrack mile, the Quarter Horse turf, and a large number of other asinine compositions, all because selfish (breeders) don't have the good sense to leave well enough alone.

    Sorry to say it, but breeders cup is foremostly the biggest betting day of the year, and adding a second day only waters down the product.

     

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