Your Guide to the Ultimate 72 Hours at the Breeders’ Cup

Events / Travel
Eclipse Sportswire

How do you maximize your 2019 Breeders’ Cup experience? We can help you make your World Championships an event you’ll never forget with our guide to the ultimate 72-hour adventure in Los Angeles for the Nov. 1-2 affair.

Thursday, Oct. 31

Arrive in Los Angeles, but pick your airport wisely: It can be easier to find flights into LAX but Hollywood Burbank Airport is a great alternative since it’s a lot closer to Santa Anita.

Once you’re settled in, make your way to Santa Anita Park to get the lay of the land and enjoy an afternoon of racing before Breeders’ Cup begins. For dinner, look to the Derby: Located very close to the track, the Derby is a favorite spot for trainers, jockeys, and owners. The restaurant was founded by George Woolf of Seabiscuit fame, and it’s packed to the gills with horse racing memorabilia. Just be sure to make a reservation soon: The place is a favorite for a reason, and it’s going to be even more popular over Breeders’ Cup weekend.

Jockey Mike Smith at Clocker's Corner
Jockey Mike Smith at Clocker's Corner (Eclipse Sportswire)

Friday, Nov. 1

Start your morning off with a trip to Clocker’s Corner at Santa Anita to watch Breeders’ Cup contenders train. You’ll rub shoulders with World Championships connections and be able to see some of the very best horses on Earth put in their final preparations for the races.

Then it’s time to get ready for Future Stars Friday. Dress with care, because Friday is the first day of the Longines Prize for Elegance.  The best dressed men and women will win Longines timepieces on both Friday, Nov. 1, and Saturday, Nov. 2.

The afternoon’s races at Santa Anita culminate in five Breeders’ Cup events, all focused on the stars of tomorrow: the Juvenile Turf Sprint, the Juvenile Fillies Turf, the Juvenile Turf, the Juvenile Fillies, and the TVG Juvenile. Be sure to toast the winners with the two new official Breeders’ Cup cocktails, the Torrie Cup and the Garland.

Friday night should be spent at Pasadena Fan Fest on the plaza of the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, where Kenny Metcalf will perform Elton, an award-winning Elton John tribute act. The night will also feature fare from local food trucks and handcrafted cocktails, so get your tickets now before all 500 are sold out.

Saturday, Nov. 2

Sleep in on Saturday morning, because you have a huge day ahead of you. When you get to the track, go directly to the Peacock Paddock to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Zenyatta’s unbelievable Breeders’ Cup Classic win. After that, settle in to watch nine Breeders’ Cup World Championship races: the Filly and Mare Sprint, the Turf Sprint, the Big Ass Fans Dirt Mile, the Maker’s Mark Filly and Mare Turf, the Sprint, the TVG Mile, the Longines Distaff, the Longines Turf, and the Longines Classic. This is a day to bet with care, win big, and enjoy the spectacle of world-class sport at one of the most beautiful venues on the planet.

When the races are over, head into Pasadena for a well-earned dinner to celebrate your victories in the weekend’s races and to raise a glass to the ultimate 72 hours of Breeders’ Cup fun.

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