Santa Anita to Host 2008, 2009 Breeders' Cups

The Breeders' Cup World Championships will be held in 2009 at Santa Anita Park, the California racetrack that will serve as this year's host. It marks the first time the event will be held at the same host site two years in a row.

The announcement comes as Santa Anita is working to fix its synthetic Cushion Track racing surface, which proved unable to handle heavy rain. Tests have suggested a new formula using a liquid binder from Pro-Ride, another synthetic surface manufacturer, will correct the problem, but that remains to be seen.

Breeders' Cup and Oak Tree officials are working to conclude the formal host-site agreement, which is expected to include economic incentives from the state of California. The Breeders' Cup historically generates in excess of $50 million in annual economic impact for host states, officials said.

Over the past three years, the World Championships has experienced unprecedented growth, with total races expanding from eight to 14, and total purses increasing from $14 million to $25.5 million. The 2007 Breeders' Cup marked the first time the event was conducted under a two-day format.

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Tom LaMarra

Tom LaMarra, a native of New Jersey and graduate of Rutgers University, has been news editor at The Blood-Horse since 1998. After graduation he worked at newspapers in New Jersey and Pennsylvania as an editor and reporter with a focus on municipal government and politics. He also worked at Daily Racing Form and Thoroughbred Times before joining The Blood-Horse. LaMarra, who has lived in Lexington since 1994, has won various writing awards and was recognized with the Old Hilltop Award for outstanding coverage of the horse racing industry. He likes to spend some of his spare time handicapping races.

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