The following content is created in consultation with the Breeders' Cup, taking place at Santa Anita Park on November 1-2. It does not reflect the work or opinions of NBC Los Angeles' editorial staff. To buy tickets, visit Breederscup.com/tickets.
Horse racing and glamour have always gone hand in hand. But at the Breeders' Cup, upscale is taken to another level, making it the perfect weekend getaway for sports fans and excitement seekers alike.
Taking place over November 1 and 2 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California, the weekend features 14 world class thoroughbred races with $27 million in purses and awards, and plenty of opportunities to win big, indulge in delicious food and drink and rub elbows with celebrities.
But really, what else would you expect from the world's richest two days in sports, and the most prestigious weekend in horse racing? Since its 1984 inception, the Breeders' Cup quickly became one of the most coveted prizes on the calendar. And, unlike acclaimed events The Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes, the Breeders' Cup draws horses from around the world instead of only a North American field, making it a true world championships.
In addition to all the thoroughbreds that are flown in, celebrities and athletes flock to the track for all the see and be seen action. Some even come to watch their own horses. Guests on hand this year include Wes Welker, Jim Rome, Bobby Flay and Joe Torre.
But the action isn't limited to the A-Listers. Plenty of entertaining events are open to the public, from live infield music
by artists like Jacob Dylan and Kristin Chenoweth to events like Fascinators & Fedoras
, where fashionable ladies and gents can win up to $10,000 in Westfield gift cards. Add the Taste of LA
, an artisanal food court showcasing some of the area's tastiest cuisine, a beer garden and unique seating options like The View, a VIP experience where you can take in all the racing from a custom-built lounge area carved out on the rail at the finish line, and you've got all the makings of one epic weekend.
Did we mention you could multiply your money? With over $150 million in wagering, the Breeders' Cup is the perfect place to take a chance and win big. In fact, over the event's storied history, one attendee once turned $8 into $3 million.
To learn more about the weekend and to purchase your tickets, visit Breederscup.com.
Published at 2:32 PM PDT on Oct 21, 2013 | Updated at 7:31 AM PDT on Nov 1, 2013