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Know Before You Go: Breeders' Cup

August 15, 2023 | Posted in Sports

The 2023 Breeders' Cup World Championships is returning to the legendary Santa Anita Park with the biggest event in global horse racing. The races begin November 3 with a two-day, 14-race, year-end culmination that every horse jockey, trainer, and owner across the globe has in their sights. Here's everything you need to know about this year's Breeders' Cup.

Santa Anita Park

With the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument serving as a spectacular backdrop, this year's Breeders' Cup returns to the Santa Anita Park on November 3 & 4. Located east of Pasadena in the city of Arcadia, this legendary race park was the home of Seabiscuit, who won the 1940 Santa Anita Handicap in his final race. The "Seabiscuit" movie was also shot here!

Tickets & Packages

There are many ways to attend the Breeders' Cup World Championships! From trackside fine-dining experiences to clubhouse box seating, grandstand reserved seating to general admission and group packages, experience the 40th running of the Breeders Cup in style. You can go behind-the-scenes with celebrity Jockey meet-and-greets or get an exclusive look at the Paddock Enclosure as the horses prepare to step out on track.

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Pasadena Fan Fest

The Pasadena Fan Fest returns to the plaza at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium to celebrate the 2023 Breeders’ Cup World Championships. Presented by PNC Bank and hosted by the Breeders’ Cup and Pasadena Convention & Visitors Bureau, Pasadena Fan Fest will take place on Friday, Nov. 3 and will feature live entertainment, local food trucks, cash bars offering signature Breeders’ Cup cocktails, and more. The Spazmatics, a four-piece 80’s cover band, will kick off the action at 7:00 p.m. PT.

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Where to Stay

Find the best places to stay and recuperate after a full day of non-stop excitement in Pasadena. Centrally located in the bustling downtown areas, Pasadena's hotels, inns, and motels grant visitors access to some of the most vibrant shopping and dining experiences in greater Los Angeles. Choose to stay a while with Pasadena as a central hub while you explore Southern California's beautiful weather.

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Airports & Transportation

For visitors flying into the area, Pasadena is within convenient driving distance to all major Los Angeles area airports. When planning your trip, consider flying into the Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR) or Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

Getting around the Pasadena and Arcadia areas is easy. Rideshares are readily available throughout the region and dedicated rideshare zones are set up for the Santa Anita Park. Additional parking and transportation information is located on the Breeder's Cup website in the button below.

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Signature Cocktails

The Breeders' Cup World Championships developed two signature cocktails with mixologist Mark Tubridy. The Torrie Cup features Maker's Mark Bourbon, sweet vermouth, orange juice, and lemonade served in a wine glass or goblet and topped with a lemon wheel. The Garland is made with Tito's Handmade Vodka, Triple Sec, honey-green tea, and lemon juice served in a highball glass and garnished with edible purple flowers. Check out the recipes to make your own at home!

Dress to Impress

As one of the premiere social events of the season in greater Los Angeles, the Breeders' Cup World Championships is a gathering place for fashionable expression. Since you'll be mingling among the social elite, be sure to pack your fancy hats, shady sunglasses, stunner outfits, and statement making accessories.