Del Mar luxury home owners have had their interest piqued at the rumor that Del Mar could be home to a future Breeder’s Cup. This year, the eponymous horse race is being held further up the 5 Freeway at Santa Anita Park, but the location of the 2014 Breeders’ Cup remains to be seen, and Del Mar officials bid on the opportunity to host next year’s race earlier this in June.
Like the Super Bowl, Breeders’ Cup president and CEO Craig Fravel says he’s interested in securing host sites for future Breeders’ Cups about five to ten years out. He adds: “It’s lovely to be wanted. We have a huge foundation in Kentucky and we’re certainly going to take that into account. A lot of our nominators are there. Plus there are great race fans in Kentucky, just like there are in San Diego and Los Angeles.”
Fravel once served as president and general manager at Del Mar, and while there’s no guarantee that his previous allegiance to the track will have any bearing on the 2014 award, it does have some Del Mar luxury home owners wondering what the likelihood is. According to the current president and CEO, Joe Harper, it’s not a matter of if, but a matter of when for the local race track. Fravel went on to say: “I’d be lying if I didn’t say I thought it was a great idea. It’s right there in the possibility world.”
Something that Fravel says needs attention is the polytrack, and track superintendent Richard Tedesco has been called in to perform extra maintenance on the synthetic race track to ready it for the 2014 season and beyond. Officials say rocks breaking through the surface are of particular concern, however, it’s something that can be easily addressed with time. Harper says they will continue to review the future composition of the main track, but their first priority is to get it in racing shape for Opening Day.
The turf course is currently in the midst of an expansion, however, turf superintendent Leif Dickinson says their work is currently on schedule. The new track will offer starting spots for 14 horses next year, and the wider track will be Breeders’ Cup-friendly. And Del Mar luxury home owners have reason to wish the 2014 Breeders’ Cup into their home town. Officials say that the economic impact could be north of $60 million for San Diego.
Harper went on to say: “There would be more of an impact on a city the size of San Diego compared to the giants of Los Angeles and New York. And the key is a lot of groups, a lot of people in San Diego, want to see this event come here. They’d be very helpful with it. When you get that kind of swell behind it, the financial impact is significant. It’s the perfect market area, small enough where everyone benefits, but big enough to come up with incredible financial support . Plus there are some great restaurant and hotel properties that have been built in recent years that are 15 to 20 miles from Del Mar and will serve the Breeders’ Cup well.”
Del Mar is home to a variety of sky boxes, luxury suites and dining areas that make it particularly noteworthy for Breeders’ Cup officials. Additionally, the track is in a position to add even more upscale seating areas for sponsor, in addition to more sky boxes and suites to accommodate high-end clientele. Harper says he wouldn’t be surprised if the event was a sell-out, saying: “The Breeders’ Cup would be very profitable here at Del Mar.”
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