all in Breeders' Cup

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 16, 2019) – Breeders’ Cup, one of Thoroughbred racing’s most prestigious international events, has announced that tickets for the 2019 Breeders’ Cup World Championships will go on sale to the public on March 4 at noon ET/9 a.m. PT. The 2019 event will be held at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., on Friday, Nov. 1 and Saturday, Nov. 2, and for a record-breaking 10th time following Breeders’ Cup’s most recent appearance at the track in 2016.

The Accelerate - Justify Horse of the Year debate can continue for another 19 days.

Chad Brown’s 2018 season was his best yet, highlighted by 20 Grade 1 wins and $27,546,057 in stable earnings, about $570,000 shy of the all-time North American record set by Todd Pletcher in 2007.

Racing is filled with the disappointing tales of horses who are bought for a seven-figure price tag but never come close to repaying their owner for signing that huge check.

Then there are horses like Royal Delta, who left her owner with no regrets about paying a king’s ransom for her, even if she did not cover a humungous price tag.

The story of Royal Delta actually has two chapters.

It is an honor to be among the 270 or so national Eclipse Award voters. Each year our ballots are made public and, more than once, we are subjected to critical ire.

But it comes with the territory where, quite frankly, there are no black-and-white guidelines as to how to vote. A résumé that is good enough to be championship caliber one year may not be good enough in another season.

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