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Old 01-24-2018, 02:42 PM   #1
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Breeders' Cup in Mid December?Board set to discuss major event changes

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“Any kind of ideas or thoughts that we are analyzing or discussing we don’t discuss in public until we have acted on them,” Fravel said. “We’re looking at millions of things all the time.”

According to officials, items up for discussion include potential host sites for the 2019 event and beyond; the possibility of adding a 14th race to the two-day event, restricted to 3-year-olds; the rescheduling of the full two-day event to mid-December; and the rescheduling of the Classic to a date one month later than the two-day event, a radical proposal that is being supported by board member Bobby Flay, the celebrity chef who is a horse owner and breeder.

Though an intermediary, Flay declined to comment on his proposal Wednesday, but three officials confirmed that Flay is leading the effort to promote the idea, despite misgivings from some Breeders’ Cup officials.
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I dont think moving to say December is the worst idea...it does get drowned by football in the current slot, heck the dates used to be set around ND football.
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That pretty much rules out everywhere but California, doesn't it?
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That pretty much rules out everywhere but California, doesn't it?
Maybe that's their idea.
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Sounds like pretty stupid ideas to me.
Flay been smoking his oregano?

Move the Classic to a whole different weekend?????

I love thinking outside the box, but this is thinking outside the skull!
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Sounds like pretty stupid ideas to me.
Flay been smoking his oregano?

Move the Classic to a whole different weekend?????

I love thinking outside the box, but this is thinking outside the skull!
Perfectly said.
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That pretty much rules out everywhere but California, doesn't it?
or Gulfstream.

Oaklawn or Churchill as maybe's.
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or Gulfstream.

Oaklawn or Churchill as maybe's.
Thats what I would imagine, but Oaklawn has no turf course and I have no clue about the type of hotel rooms they have.

Churchill in December is just as much a gamble as Churchill in November, at least when I lived there.
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While having the Classic at a separate time makes no sense, moving the whole event a month later is actually a pretty good idea.
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That pretty much rules out everywhere but California, doesn't it?
Think that's part of the idea.
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With a BC in December,and a new "Derby" race for 3yo only;,wouldn't trainers have to keep horses in training longer,since the next season would be getting underway soon after the previous one ended.Less layoffs,more starts for the top level competition assuming they remain healthy + sound...
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The BC proves yet again that they can't stand to leave well enough alone.

They already created a new class of horse called The Who? BC Winner.

Once upon a time the winners of a BC race really accomplished something to be respected. Now 2nd tier horses win so regularly non-championship caliber BC races, we don't even remember who they are.

So not content with having screwed it up bad enough already, they're exploring how to completely total it.

Morons.
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Sounds like pretty stupid ideas to me.
Flay been smoking his oregano?

Move the Classic to a whole different weekend?????

I love thinking outside the box, but this is thinking outside the skull!
maybe they can run the BC classic on the Pegasus' undercard
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In terms of adding another race, it doesn't bother too much.

The moving of dates I am not sure about. If you split the classic to another day, I am sure they would have some supporting races moved under it to justify it. This would lead me to believe the two day format would be split.

If you ran one day of races on one weekend then the classic a couple others weeks later, it would all but eliminate me from ever attending unless it was local. It is costly enough with airfare and hotel but at least I get two days of racing. Doing the same thing for one day and then possibly a second is just too costly, add to that you run into the holiday season in December.
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Hmmmm.......I see the reasoning behind it now.
Flay gets to cook TWO expensive meals!
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