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Friday, June 16
New York gets fourth Breeders' Cup

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The 2001 Breeders' Cup will be run at Belmont Park, the fourth time the richest day in racing has been awarded to a New York racetrack.

This year's Breeders' Cup will be at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., on Nov. 6. The Breeders' Cup, in its 17th year, was held at Belmont in 1995 and 1990 and at Aqueduct in 1985.

"We are very pleased to bring the Breeders' Cup back to New York and Belmont Park," D.G. Van Clief, Jr., president of Breeders' Cup Ltd., said Friday. "Over the course of the last century, Belmont Park has been home to the greatest horses and horsemen who have ever participated in thoroughbred racing."

The Breeders' Cup, televised by NBC, is a season-defining set of eight Grade I races with combined purses of $13 million. The races usually determine divisional champions and Horse of the Year.

The date for the 2001 Breeders' Cup is Oct. 27.

The '95 Breeders' Cup is remembered for Cigar's victory in the BC Classic that clinched Horse of the Year honors.

"We are very proud to once again host the Breeders' Cup at Belmont Park," Terry Meyocks, president of the New York Racing Association, "It is a world-class event and Belmont Park is a world-class facility."

Churchill Downs will be holding its fifth Breeders' Cup; Hollywood Park in California and Gulfstream Park in Florida have held three apiece; Santa Anita Park had two; and Woodbine in Toronto one.

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