Santa Anita has hosted the Breeders' Cup World Championships five times, most recently back-to-back editions in 2008 and 2009, both of which set records for attendance and wagering. The decision followed a lengthy review process by the Breeders' Cup Host Site Selection Committee, which included proposals from multiple racing venues in North America.
"We are thrilled to bring back the Breeders' Cup to southern California which is always a strong draw for horseracing fans from around the world and where the Breeders' Cup has always been embraced by the community," said Craig Fravel, President & CEO of Breeders' Cup. "Santa Anita Park is a world class racing venue that will once again provide a spectacular setting for two days of the best in international racing."
"Hosting the Breeders' Cup is important to the California horseracing industry and it is an honor for Santa Anita to be chosen as host of the Breeders' Cup for the sixth time," said Frank Stronach, Chairman of The Stronach Group, which owns Santa Anita. "Our team looks forward to the challenge of building on the success of 2008 and 2009 with the 2012 Breeders' Cup."