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2009 BREEDERS’ CUP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS NOMINATED FOR SPORTS EVENT OF YEAR BY STREET AND SMITH
ARCADIA, Calif. (March 16, 2010)—The 2009 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, which were run at Santa Anita’s Oak Tree meeting on Nov. 6 and 7, has been selected as one of five nominees in the Sports Event of the Year category for 2010 by the prestigious Street and Smith’s Sports Business Journal and Sports Business Daily.
“The two-day Breeders’ Cup was a tremendous success, no question about it,” said Santa Anita President Ron Charles. “This is really the icing on the cake. To be so recognized by Street and Smith, is really an honor. We had over 96,000 people attending over those two days and anyone who watched on television or was here in person, will never forget what Zenyatta did in the $5 million Classic on Nov. 7.
“ABC and ESPN provided nine hours of live television over the two days and it was just great to be a part of it. I know our fans and employees feel the same way and to be in the running for Sports Event of the Year is very gratifying. Hopefully, we’ll get a chance to build on this in the near future.”
Street and Smith’s other nominees in the Sports Event of the Year category are the Super Bowl, the U.S. Open (Tennis), Major League Baseball’s All Star Game and the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic.
The Oak Tree Racing Association hosted the Breeders’ Cup for an unprecedented second consecutive year last Fall.
“Oak Tree was very pleased and proud to be associated with the Breeders’ Cup Ltd., in presenting what was probably the best Breeders’ Cup in its 26-year history,” said Oak Tree Executive Vice President and Director Sherwood C. Chillingworth. “We thought it was a great two days for racing that invigorated a national sense of excitement and interest in Thoroughbred racing.”
“The Breeders’ Cup trustees have set the ambitious goal for our Championships to be one of the elite sporting events in the world,” said Breeders’ Cup President and CEO Greg Avioli. “It is very gratifying to everyone at the Breeders’ Cup that the Sports Business Journal has recognized our 2009 event as among the very best in sports.
“We want to thank (Zenyatta’s) connections and all the owners and nominators who competed as well as our sponsors, our hosts from the Oak Tree Racing Association, Santa Anita and the state of California for their part in staging the 2009 Championships.”