From the incredible drama of the Arrogate claiming the $6 million Breeders’ Cup® Classic by a short head over California Chrome, to the wonder mare that is Beholder signing her distinguished career off in style by claiming the Distaff, the 2016 Breeders’ Cup had it all.
With the masses swarming Santa Anita Park as early as 9:00am on Friday (November 9th), our hospitality venues gave race fans the perfect setting to acclimatize to the beautiful Californian weather with the picturesque San Miguel mountains providing a unique backdrop. Providing our guests with motor coaches from their various hotels, the worries of long traffic delays and intense commutes were soon long forgotten with a short 20-minute ride to Santa Anita Park.
Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day, winner of 12 Breeders’ Cup races during his illustrious career, was on hand for guests as he made an appearance in our San Gabriel Lounge on Friday, and then on Saturday in the Post to the Parlour venue. From a wide variety of food selections including chicken steaks, beef short rib complimented with red potatoes, our clients had complimentary beer and wine to further soak up the atmosphere with.
The first race on Friday went to post at 11:25am. Undoubtedly, the highlight of the day came in the feature race, the Breeders’ Cup Distaff. A winner in two previous Breeders’ Cup races (Juvenile in 2012 and the Distaff in 2013), all eyes were on Beholder and strong race favorite, odds-on undefeated Songbird. Starting from the outside post position, Beholder went stride for stride with Songbird down the length of the stretch. Engaged in a ruthless battle it was Beholder, in what was her final appearance on a racetrack, that got the better of Songbird by the shortest of winning margins, much to the hysteria of the onlookers.
A day in the Chandelier Room gave our clients a chance to sample some live music, while in the Frontrunner venue fans were treated to a full panoramic view of the entire Santa Anita racetrack. We also gave our guests the unique opportunity chance to avail of the private wagering facilities in our hospitality venues, which, speaking from experience, went down a treat.
Perhaps the biggest attraction of the entire weekend took to the starting line on Saturday evening in the form of California Chrome. The Breeders’ Cup Classic, with $6 million dollars the prize fund. With the world’s most winningest horse taking the lead from the early stages, Arrogate, trained by Bob Baffert never let him out of his sights. Coming down the stretch, the nervous tension among fans was palpable as nothing separated the pair. Wearing him down on the outside, Arrogate put his head in front to claim the biggest race of the weekend in the most dramatic fashion.
Be There In 2017
In what was a truly unforgettable weekend of the highest quality of horse racing, exquisite hospitality and a truly incredible experience for all attendees, we are already looking forward to next year’s Breeders’ Cup. In 2017, the Breeders’ Cup will take in Del Mar Thoroughbred Club for the very first time. Make sure you are there for this once in a lifetime event by getting on the waiting for exclusive access with Breeders’ Cup Experiences.