The Breeders' Cup, only days removed from the 2023 renewal held at Santa Anita, will return to California in 2025 with Del Mar as the host site, the organization announced in a release late Wednesday afternoon. Del Mar also is scheduled to hold the event in 2024, marking three straight years the Breeders' Cup will be held in California and two straight at Del Mar.
“Our return to Del Mar in back-to-back years marks the continuation of a wonderful collaboration and successful partnership, both with our friends at the track and with the greater San Diego area, demonstrating our continued commitment to California horse racing,” said Drew Fleming, President and CEO of Breeders' Cup Limited. “We look forward to once again gathering where the turf meets the surf as the world's best Thoroughbreds put on an incredible show.”
The 2025 edition, to be held Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, will be the fourth running of the Breeders' Cup at Del Mar. The San Diego-area track also hosted the Breeders' Cup in 2017 and 2021. In 2021, Del Mar handled $182,908,409 on the two-day event. This year at Santa Anita, total all-sources, global common-pool handle for the two-day Breeders' Cup was $176,281,989.
“We couldn't be more excited about hosting back-to-back Breeders' Cup World Championships and welcoming the very best in international racing back to the town of Del Mar and the greater San Diego area,” said Joe Harper, CEO of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. “The Breeders' Cup represents the pinnacle in world-class racing and the organization's willingness to return here again is a testament to the quality of our racing facilities, our idyllic weather, and the warm hospitality shown to our visitors by the local community.”
The last time a track hosted consecutive Breeders' Cups was from 2012 to 2014, when it was run three straight years at Santa Anita.