Reports: Breeders' Cup to Lone Star Park, Arlington

According to two published reports, directors of the Breeders' Cup Ltd. have approved plans for the World Thoroughbred Championships to be held at Arlington Park next year and Lone Star Park in Texas in 2005. Neither track has hosted the Breeders' Cup races and both had made presentations that were well-received by Breeders' Cup personnel.

In addition to the newcomers as host tracks, the championship races will return to previous hosts Santa Anita in 2003 and Churchill Downs in 2004. Churchill Downs has hosted the Breeders' Cup five times and holds the attendance record of 80,452, set in 1998.

The host track schedule decided by the board Friday was first reported by the Dallas Morning News, which cited Breeders' Cup board member and Texan Mike Rutherford as the source.

According to the Louisville Courier-Journal, Cup board member Bob Lewis confirmed the information.

However, Breeders' Cup president D. G. Van Clief refused to confirm or deny the schedule. "We did discuss a tentative rotation schedule," Van Clief told the Courier-Journal "Sometime in the next week or two, we're probably going to make some kind of announcement."

Lone Star Park's bid for the Breeders' Cup was enhanced when Legislators have agreed to rebate up to $2 million in pari-mutuel taxes to any Texas track that is host for the Breeders' Cup.