Breeders Cup may come to Del Mar

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SAN DIEGO – Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill which opens the door for Del Mar Racetrack to bid to host the Breeders Cup.

Some say the Breeders Cup can be compared to as the Super Bowl of horseracing.

Assemblywoman Toni Atkins introduced the measure extending Del Mar’s racetrack schedule by several weeks.

Screen Shot 2013-10-02 at 8.59.44 PMThis is big for our region,” said Atkins, pointing out the schedule was regulated.

Atkins said the economic impact to the region is estimated at $60 million.

“It’s going to be phenomenal for us if we get it,” said Del Mar Fairgrounds spokeswoman Linda Zweig.

Zweig said one of the requirements to hold the prestigious event is already underway.

“The new course will be able to accommodate 14 horses rather than 10, which was the case through this year’s race season,” Zweig added.

One of the reasons the Breeder’s Cup is up for grabs is due to the closing of the historic racetrack at Hollywood Park.

The earliest San Diego could get the coveted event is Fall 2015 and bidding could take several months.

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