this photo has nothing to do with either Belmont or the Breeders' Cup.

this photo has nothing to do with either Belmont or the Breeders' Cup.

Mike Corrado photo

It's Official: 2001 Cup To Belmont Park

As expected, representatives of Breeders' Cup Ltd. and The New York Racing Association announced Friday that the 18th Breeders' Cup championship day races will be held at Belmont Park on Oct. 27, 2001. This will mark the fourth time that The New York Racing Association has hosted championship day, which consists of eight races with $13-million in total purses. Belmont Park hosted the event 1995 and 1990. Aqueduct Racetrack was the site in 1985.

"We are very pleased to bring the Breeders' Cup back to New York and Belmont Park," said D.G. Van Clief, Jr., president of Breeders' Cup Ltd. "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. As a facility, Belmont has established an international reputation as one of the world's most outstanding racing centers. We look forward to working once again with The New York Racing Association in delivering a first rate presentation of the Championship next year."

"We are very proud to once again host the Breeders' Cup at Belmont Park," said Terry Meyocks, president and COO of NYRA. "It is a world-class event and Belmont Park is a world-class facility. Breeders Cup Limited, in a relatively short period of time, has established its championship day as one of the top sporting competitions internationally. We are honored to have been selected as the host in the past and we are excited at the opportunity to be a partner with the Breeders' Cup again in 2001."

Meyocks noted that Gov. George Pataki and the legislative leadership had played a role in helping land the championship day by pushing through a pari-mutuel tax waiver for the Breeders' Cup.

This year's Breeders' Cup championship will be held at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. on Nov. 4.