In the spring of 2019, Santa Anita Race Track was making headlines, but for all the wrong reasons. According to this Canadian Thoroughbred article, by April, 22 horses had died at the track. As a result, it was forced to close as officials sought answers and worked to improve the safety conditions at the famed track.
Despite the tragedy, and the resulting bad press, Breeders’ Cup chairman Fred Hertrich III promised horse racing fans that the 2019 Breeders’ Cup event would take place at the California track as planned. He did, however, note that it could return to Woodbine Racetrack in the future. Woodbine was the first track outside of the United States to host the prestigious event, back in 1996.
But, he said, planning for such a large event occurs years in advance, and there are several other tracks waiting for the honour too, including Keeneland, Del Mar and Churchill Downs.