Breeders' Cup officials are expected to announce Friday that the 2011 event will be held at Churchill Downs in Louisville for the second consecutive year.
Gov. Steve Beshear will join Churchill and Breeders' Cup officials in making the announcement at 10 a.m. at the racetrack.
Churchill Downs will also host this year's two-day Breeders' Cup card on Nov. 5-6 for a record seventh time. With the 2011 Breeders' Cup, Churchill would join Santa Anita Park as the only sites to host the event in back-to-back years. Santa Anita hosted the Breeders' Cup in 2008 and 2009.
Churchill Downs' chances of getting the 2011 Breeders' Cup were apparently bolstered in recent weeks because of ongoing problems plaguing two other potential host tracks. Santa Anita Park recently terminated its lease with the Oak Tree Association, meaning Oak Tree could take its race dates to either Del Mar or Hollywood Park instead.
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In addition, the New York Racing Association — which had been making a strong push to get the 2011 event at Belmont Park — had to get a $25 million bailout from the state in order to remain in operation this season.
Earlier this year, a state law was passed granting the Breeders' Cup a parimutuel tax break should the event be held in Kentucky in either 2011 or 2012.
Churchill Downs first hosted the Breeders' Cup in 1988 and most recently in 2006. The 2006 edition produced the largest single-day handle in the event's history with a total of $134,357,846 wagered.
Churchill has also hosted the Breeders' Cup in 1991, 1994, 1998 and 2000. This year will mark the first time Churchill has hosted the Breeders' Cup since it extended its format to two days in 2007.
Officials scheduled to attend Friday's news conference are Breeders' Cup chairman William Farish Jr. and president and chief executive officer Greg Avioli; Churchill Downs Inc. president and CEO Robert Evans; and Churchill Downs president Kevin Flanery.