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The richest two days in sports returns to Santa Anita Park as the Breeders's Cup takes center stage on October 31-November 1.
Widely considered the World Championships of thoroughbred racing due to the international field of first-rate jockeys and horses it draws year after year, the 2014 Breeders' Cup features 13 races with purses and awards totaling $26 million. Expect to see the top names in the thoroughbred world flocking to Santa Anita's immaculate grounds alongside celebrity horse racing fans like Elizabeth Banks, Bobby Flay, Kurt Russell and Bo Derek.
But you don't need to own a thoroughbred or have a movie deal to rub elbows at this star-studded event. From food to fashion, there's something for everyone at this unforgettable weekend.
Live music keeps the infield rocking. Expect epic sets from legendary musicians like Bon Jovi's Richie Sambora, Kristin Chenoweth and everyone's favorite swing band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. Plan on bringing the kids? They'll love Friday's Halloween extravaganza (noon-5 p.m.), featuring trick or treating, carnival rides, pony rides and more.
The 2014 Breeders' Cup culinary experience is sure to rival all the racing. There's the VIP Taste of the World event, showcasing 15 international chefs and boasting a masquerade theme, or pair wines with a tasting menu curated by acclaimed chefs Stephen Barber, Chris Mortenson and Victor Scargle at the Taste of Napa Valley. For more low-key but equally delicious dining, head to the infield food truck festival, where you can indulge your comfort food cravings by sampling some of LA's finest four wheel meals, then top it off by imbibing at the pop-up beer garden.
The always popular Fascinators & Fedoras returns to the track again this year. Get caught up in the dress to impress spirit and you could win big, as the most fabulous fascinators, fedoras and hats will be awarded with great prizes.
The Breeders' Cup is one of the most prestigious events on the horse racing calendar, and with over $150 million in wagering it could also be one of the luckiest. In fact, over the event's storied history, one attendee once turned $8 into $3 million.
To learn more about the event and to buy general admission tickets, book grandstand seating or make dining reservations, visit www.breederscup.com/tickets.