Saturday is a great day to spend at the track, and Breeders’ Cup Saturday is even better. But Breeders’ Cup Friday, known as Future Stars Friday, is also very worthy of a trip to Santa Anita Park this year on Nov. 1. Read on for five reasons why.
1. You’ll see future stars.
This one might be obvious, but it’s worth emphasizing. Future Stars Friday features five Breeders’ Cup races exclusively for 2-year-olds; that means you’re seeing next year’s heroes of the Triple Crown (and Longines Kentucky Oaks) trail as well as horses that could very well be among the best of the best for years to come.
2. You can enjoy the races with a smaller crowd.
The Breeders’ Cup is a fantastic event that many want to see. So many, in fact, that the crowd on Saturday can sometimes be a little overwhelming. This is where Friday comes into play: Fewer people to share the track with means more room and shorter lines for you!
3. Top ticket options are still available.
Along the same lines as No. 2 above, fewer people means that there are still great ticketing options available. Among other options, dining at the Trackside Marquee, Clocker's Corner seats, and Clubhouse Loge tickets are still (as of this writing) obtainable, and at a lower cost than Saturday. Jump on it!
4. You get to witness championship racing.
The Breeders’ Cup isn’t known as the World Championships for no reason. Five Breeders’ Cup races means five championship races. The turf competitors often go on to great things in the U.S. and abroad, and the two dirt races? They almost always (eight of the last 10 years for the boys and 10 of 10 for the ladies) feature the Eclipse Award champion 2-year-old male and female. Future Stars Friday is history in the making.
5. You can start your weekend early.
Who doesn’t like three days off? By heading to the races on Friday you can kick-start your weekend with a day of fun, relaxation, and (hopefully) winning big at the track. Then keep the momentum rolling on Saturday with a return trip to Santa Anita Park.