Getting tickets wasn't impossible, but it wasn't exactly easy either. We signed up for the opportunity to buy our tickets before they went on sale to the public. Given that we ARE the public, I can only wonder at the riff-raff that Santa Anita will sell to once the pre-sale option has closed.
When we've attended the races in the past, we've gone for box seats. They are relatively cheap and offer excellent views. And since there is so much seating available, we only have to buy two seats and get the whole box to ourselves. Remember these seats?
Tickets for those exact same seats for the Breeders' Cup are $975 per seat, AND patrons must purchase the entire box!!!! Admittedly, it's a two-day package, but most boxes have 6 seats. That's six grand!!!!!!!
We didn't get those seats.
After much searching, Hubby finally opted for the less than glamorous stadium style seating located at the first turn. A large video screen will be placed in the section, and we will be able to see the finish line, but it won't be the view we're accustomed to (wah!). The price for those seats? $125 + an $8.00 processing fee per ticket and a $15 shipping fee per order.
If you look way to the right in the photo above, you can just sort of see where our seats will be. They're not the best, but the experience of being at such an illustrious event will make up for it. At last year's Breeders' Cup nearly 60,000 people showed up to watch the nine races.
If you're interested in attending this year's Breeders' Cup event, you can check out the seat map and pricing here. The race is a long way off, but we're still excited about it. With the Belmont Stakes just around the corner and California Chrome representing my neck of the woods in such a spectacular fashion, we've got racing fever.
By the way, we did another online bet for the Preakness and won a few more bucks. We used Hubby's TwinSpires account though which I can recommend for its user-friendly process. We're getting ready to place our next round of bets for the Belmont. Go, California Chrome!