Santa Anita Named Host of 2023 Breeders' Cup


Santa Anita Park | Benoit

Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California, will host the 2023 Breeders' Cup World Championships for a record 11th time. The 40th renewal of the Breeders' Cup will take place Friday and Saturday, Nov. 3 and 4, 2023.

“Santa Anita Park is an integral part of Breeders' Cup history and is the perfect venue for our landmark 40th running,” said Drew Fleming, Breeders' Cup President and CEO. “Since our founders conceived this season-ending championship four decades ago, the Breeders' Cup has consistently been one of the leading global events in Thoroughbred racing. Santa Anita's outstanding reputation and scenic venue provide us with the ideal setting to continue to grow our audience by combining the best that racing, hospitality, and entertainment have to offer.”

Added Craig Fravel, CEO of 1/ST RACING and a former CEO of the Breeders' Cup, added: “1/ST RACING is delighted to welcome back the Breeders' Cup to Santa Anita Park for the special 40th running of these extraordinary World Championships. 1/ST RACING looks forward to showcasing Santa Anita Park for a record 11th time as California's premier racing venue committed to delivering the best backdrop for world-class racing, entertainment and hospitality, and to being part of the unique excitement that comes with the Breeders' Cup.”

Based on a 2017 study, Breeders' Cup officials expect the 2023 event to have a near $100-million economic impact on Southern California. Previous runnings of the Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita have consistently set the standard for both wagering and attendance figures. The 2016 event was witnessed by a record 118,484 fans, while handle for the 2019 renewal was a record $175 million.

“We are thrilled to welcome the Breeders' Cup back to Santa Anita Park for a record 11th time next November,” said Kathryn Schloessman, President & CEO, Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission. “This signature event will once again deliver a memorable experience for guests and significant economic impact for the greater Los Angeles region.”

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The 2022 Breeders' Cup will be run at Keeneland Race Course Nov. 4 and 5.

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