Fans Can 'Ride' a Classic Star at Santa Anita

Simulation game offers fans a chance to "ride" a Breeders' Cup Classic contender.

The experience of racing a Thoroughbred risk free and for real prizes is available to anyone attending the Breeders’ Cup World Championships this weekend at Santa Anita Park.

Breeders’ Cup Ltd., the Oak Tree Racing Association, and Horse Racing Simulation have team up to give fans the sensation of riding their favorite Breeders’ Cup Classic contender. The state-of-the-art simulation software developed by Horse Racing Simulation uses full 3-D imaging and 41-inch plasma screens to give participants a realistic ride in the Breeders’ Cup’s premier event. More than 100 character traits and attributes for the contenders has been programmed into the simulation.

“Giving the fans the opportunity to interact with top champions in a way never done before at any horse racing venue, let alone the prestigious Breeders’ Cup Championships, is definitely exciting, “ said Mike Calderone, CEO of Horse Racing Simulation. “The more engaged the fans are in every aspect, the better it is for the sport of horse racing in general, and we’re excited that Breeders’ Cup Ltd feels the same way.”

Trophies will be awarded on both Friday, Nov. 6, and Saturday, Nov. 7, to the fans with the fastest winning times.

The Breeders’ Cup Virtual Jockey Challenge will take place in the breezeway south of the Kingsbury Fountain on the grandstand side between the paddock and racetrack.

“Providing the best two days in racing is what the Championships are all about, and anything we can do to further enhance a fan’s experience at the track is important to us,” said Peter Rotondo, Breeders’ Cup Vice President of Media and Entertainment.