Breeders’ Cup officials have announced that tickets for the 34th running of the World Championships will go on sale to the public beginning Monday, March 6. The 2017 renewal, scheduled for Nov. 3-4, will be the first Breeders’ Cup held at picturesque Del Mar racetrack in Del Mar, Calif., 20 miles north of San Diego.
To purchase tickets, fans should visit www.BreedersCup.com or call the ticketing center at (877) 849-4287 beginning at noon ET/9 a.m. PT on March 6. A special ticket pre-sale will be conducted in the days prior to the March 6 public sale opening. Fans can sign up at www.BreedersCup.com/2017 for pre-sale access. Breeders’ Cup officials anticipate high demand for tickets and expect reserved seating to sell out quickly.
The Breeders’ Cup enjoyed increased handle from its 2016 running at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., and its Nov. 5 Saturday card anchored by the Breeders’ Cup Classic drew the highest attendance for a single day of Breeders’ Cup racing – 72,811 – since the event moved to a two-day format in 2007. After being held at Santa Anita for a record ninth time in 2016, the Breeders’ Cup moves south to “Where the Surf Meets the Turf” at Del Mar’s iconic seaside venue. The 2017 World Championships will consist of 13 Grade 1 races with purses and awards totaling more than $28 million, and will be televised live by NBC Sports Group.
Since opening in 1937, Del Mar has been a perennial draw for elite racehorses and the sport’s most passionate fans. The track was opened by legendary movie star and singer Bing Crosby along with associates, and retains a Hollywood glamour to this day. The 34th Breeders’ Cup will be held during the first week of Del Mar’s Fall Bing Crosby Season, which lasts through November.