The Breeders' Cup

Join us for two days of spectacular racing at Santa Anita, California for the 2016 Breeders’ Cup! The Breeders’ Cup World Championships, thoroughbred racing’s most prestigious global event, annually attracts the best horses from around the world. It is the richest prize-money event in sports, consisting of 13 championship races and purses totalling $26 million.

In 2015, the final start in the career of the 12th Triple Crown champion was even more majestic and lopsided than his coronation in the Belmont Stakes as American Pharoah overpowered seven rivals and cruised to a 6 ½-length victory in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, making him the first horse to notch a historic “Grand Slam” of wins in all three spring classics and the centerpiece stakes at the world championships.

His final performance will be long remembered. In front of a crowd of 50,155, American Pharoah seized command of the race at the start and never relinquished it.

The Ryan Moore ridden Found, spoiled Golden Horn's swansong when denying him victory in the Breeders' Cup Turf at Keeneland.

Found had endured a luckless run behind Golden Horn in the Arc, having been second to John Gosden's colt in the Irish Champion Stakes and occupying the same position at Ascot on Champions Day.


5 nights Westin Pasadena from £2,790.00 per person
5 nights Westin Pasadena & 4 Nights Bellagio Las Vegas from £3,290.00 per person


Tuesday 01 November
Depart: London Heathrow Flight BA269 15:15 hrs
Arrive: Los Angeles 19:30 hrs
On arrival you will be met by our representative and transferred to The Westin Hotel, Pasadena where accommodation has been reserved for five nights on a room only basis.

Wednesday 02 November
Day at leisure to relax and acclimatise.

Thursday 03 November
Optional early morning visit to “Clockers’ Corner”, day at leisure or optional racing. Tonight enjoy Welcome Drinks with your Host and Fellow Travellers.

Friday 04 November
Racing at Santa Anita for the Breeders’ Cup

Saturday 05 November
Racing at Santa Anita for the Breeders’ Cup

Sunday 06 November
Day at leisure until an afternoon transfer to the airport for your homeward flight.
Depart: Los Angeles Flight BA268 20:55 hrs

Monday 07 November
Arrive: London Heathrow 15:15 hrs

For those who would like to combine the Breeders’ Cup with a short visit to Las Vegas, we can offer 4 nights on a room only basis at the famous Hotel Bellagio in Las Vegas. On Sunday 06 November a deluxe coach will transfer you from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. You then can enjoy all that Las Vegas has to offer until your departure on Thursday 10 November.

Sunday 06 November
Mid-morning departure by luxury air-conditioned coach from The Westin, Pasadena to Hotel Bellagio, Las Vegas. The journey will take approximately 6 hours, including a stop en-route.

Accommodation has been arranged at the Hotel Bellagio for four nights on a room only basis.

Monday 07 - Wednesday 09 November
Days at leisure to enjoy the spectacle of this fairytale city.

Thursday 10 November
Depart: Las Vegas Flight BA274 20:40 hrs

Friday 11 November
Arrive: London Heathrow 14:35 hrs

Flight Upgrades, subject to availability:
World Traveller Plus from: £470
Club Class from: £2,750

Included in the price of the tour is the transfer from The Westin in Pasadena to the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas – a “door-to-door” service. This deluxe coach transfer avoids check-in times, flight delays and baggage handling. The coach is equipped with WC and DVD player, on which a racing film will be shown.

However, should you wish to fly to Las Vegas the supplementary cost, to include private car transfer from your Pasadena hotel to Burbank Airport on a low cost carrier, would be approx £125.00 per person. Please note: you should make your own way by taxi from Las Vegas airport to the Bellagio Hotel.


The Westin Pasadena

The Westin is located close to the centre of Old Pasadena with its numerous shops and restaurants. The hotel has been refurbished recently and its 345 rooms are fully equipped to an excellent standard. The hotel has a restaurant and bar, a fitness centre, and a heated outdoor swimming pool and sundeck located on the fourth floor and affording superb views of the surrounding area.

Single room supplement: £145 per room per night
Accommodation is on a room only basis


This beautiful Italian renaissance style 5* property is an oasis of sheer elegance with state of the art comfort throughout.  The Bellagio nestles alongside a magnificent lake adorned with spectacular fountains and surrounded by lush gardens.  The fountains are enhanced at night by colour, light & classical music.  The hotel offers a grand Casino, elegant shopping promenade, fine dining establishments and a theatre reminiscent of the Paris Opera House.   Each guest room is elegantly appointed with European style furnishings, art & antiquities yet complemented with every modern day convenience; satellite T.V., stereo, room safe, telephone and en-suite marble bathroom.

Single room supplement: £80.00 per room per night
Accommodation is on a room only basis

Tour Highlights

Southern California produces some of the finest racing in America and many of America’s foremost horses and trainers are centred in the Los Angeles area. Santa Anita occupies 320 acres with a stunning backdrop of the San Gabriel Mountains. Its landmark 1,100 foot-long, Art Deco grandstand, with its original 30s façade, seats 26,000 guests and the track infield can comfortably accommodate a crowd of 50,000 or more. Santa Anita is unusual in having a hillside turf course, which crosses the all-weather track and is used for races over 6 furlongs.

In addition to the weekend’s racing, early risers can experience ‘Clockers’ Corner’ where breakfast is served. This is an opportunity to watch the early morning track workouts and see the runners stretch their legs in the California sunshine.

Pasadena is located 10 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles and is only 10 minutes away from Santa Anita racetrack. It is famous for hosting the annual Rose Bowl football game and the Tournament of Roses Parade. Old Pasadena provides excellent shopping and a wide variety of restaurants.

Friday 04 November 2016 – the following races will be run: $½ million Marathon , $1 million Juvenile Turf, $1 million Dirt Mile, $1 million Juvenile Fillies Turf, $2 million Distaff and 5 other supporting races.

Saturday 05 November 2016 – the most prestigious day of the Championship – the following races will be run: $2 million Juvenile Fillies, $2 million Filly & Mare Turf, $1 million Filly & Mare Sprint, $1 million Turf Sprint, $2 million Juvenile, $3 million Turf, $1½ million Xpressbet Sprint, $2 million Mile, $5 million Classic and 3 other supporting races.

Club House Loge seats (adjacent to the auxiliary press box) and Club House admission, together with Sirona’s Private Dining Facility, are included in the price of the tour for both days. Sirona’s is situated in the main grandstand overlooking the paddock and the reserved tables are available for the whole day, on each day. Coffee is served on arrival and is followed by a buffet luncheon. Sirona’s provides a cash bar and private tote betting facilities.

Additional Info

The featured Breeders’ Cup tours to Los Angeles and Las Vegas are fully escorted and have our Horse Racing Abroad representatives on site. If you wish to extend your visit to the USA before or after The Breeders’ Cup we should be delighted to assist with your arrangements, which would be unescorted. Maybe go shopping in New York, visit the vineyards of California or enjoy the sunshine of Florida, Mexico or the Caribbean. Please contact our reservations department for further details.

Price Includes

• Return scheduled flights by British Airways • 5 nights room only accommodation based on twin/double occupancy at The Westin, Pasadena • Transfers throughout by air-conditioned coaches • Club House Loge seats and buffet lunch in Sirona’s Restaurant Facility at Santa Anita for Breeders’ Cup Days • Assistance of our representatives throughout • Airport Passenger Duty & Taxes

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