The last time Santa Anita hosted the Breeders’ Cup was 2014
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By Nicholas Godfrey 6:23M 14 JUN 2016
USA: North America’s richest race meeting has become significantly more lucrative with a prize boost to the senior races at the Breeders’ Cup, due to be held at Santa Anita on November 4-5.
The Breeders’ Cup Classic and Breeders’ Cup Turf will have $ 1 million added to the pot, resulting in total prize-money of $ 6m and $ 4m respectively.
First place prize-money for the Classic will now be $ 3.3m, with $ 2.2m for the Turf winner. After these increases, the first since 2006, total purses and awards for the 2016 Breeders’ Cup, which includes 13 Grade 1 races, will be a record $ 28m.
Financial travel incentives introduced
In addition, prize-money will be paid down to eighth place in every Breeders’ Cup race, while every international starter will receive $ 40,000 as a shipping stipend – a significant carrot to European connections. North American starters stabled outside of California will receive $ 10,000.
“In our efforts to provide our horsemen and fans with the best product in international racing, we are pleased to announce purse increases for both the Classic and the Longines Turf beginning with this year’s event at Santa Anita,” said Craig Fravel, Breeders’ Cup president and CEO.
“Since our inception, one of the founding principles of the Breeders’ Cup has been to offer unprecedented purses on our races as incentive to keep the stars of our sport on the track and extend their racing careers. While the Classic and the Turf mark our first purse increases to individual races since 2006, our goal is to continue to find ways to raise purse levels on our races in the future.”
Although the Breeders’ Cup Classic has long been the most valuable race on the continent, it will lose that spot if the proposed Pegasus World Cup comes to fruition at Gulfstream Park in January. Founders of that 1m1f dirt race are planning to make it the world’s richest race with a purse of $ 12m.