(Edited press release)
The Breeders’ Cup announced Sept. 25 that it will launch a multi-city tour featuring legendary Hall of Fame jockeys Pat Day, Angel Cordero, Jr., and Laffit Pincay Jr., beginning Oct. 1 in celebration of the upcoming 25th running of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park Oct. 24-25. The three riders were first, second and third in the inaugural Breeders’ Cup Classic at Hollywood Park in 1984, with Day and Wild Again winning in a tight three-horse photo finish over Pincay’s mount, Gate Dancer, and Cordero on Slew of Gold.
The Breeders’ Cup Legends Tour will bring these three jockeys to racetracks across the country and other locations, including the Sports Museum of America in New York City to sign autographs and meet with fans and media. Accompanying the Legends will be a 20-foot photographic exhibit highlighting memorable moments in Breeders’ Cup history.
The Tour will kick-off in Boston Oct. 1 and conclude in Los Angeles Oct. 18 when Day and Cordero will ride in the Living Legends Race at Santa Anita, a race featuring eight retired Hall of Fame jockeys. Also competing are Jerry Bailey, Sandy Hawley, Julie Krone, Chris McCarron, Gary Stevens and Jacinto Vasquez.
The tour schedule is as follows:
Oct 1: Suffolk Downs, Boston
Oct 2: Belmont Park & Sports Museum of America, New York
Oct 3: Meadowlands, New Jersey
Oct 4: Laurel Park, Maryland
Oct 5: Philadelphia Park, Pennsylvania
Oct 9: Keeneland, Kentucky
Oct 10: Arlington Park, Illinois
Oct 14: Lone Star Park, Dallas, TX
Oct 15: Sam Houston Race Park, Houston, TX
Oct 16: Wynn Las Vegas, Nevada
Oct. 24-25: Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Santa Anita, CA
Consumers can also enter the Breeders’ Cup 25 Sweepstakes through Oct. 5 for a chance to win a trip for two to the Breeders’ Cup World Championships and watch the races with these legends at www.breederscup.com.
This year’s Breeders’ Cup will receive an unprecedented nine hours of live coverage on ABC and ESPN, and to a global audience of more than 120 countries. Domestic coverage begins with Friday’s telecast on ESPN2 from 3:30-6:30 p.m. EDT. Saturday’s coverage begins on ABC from 1:00-3:30 p.m. ET and concludes on ESPN from 3:30-7:00 p.m. EDT.