Like cocktails and fascinators, horse racing can be cool again.
The Breeders' Cup again demonstrated that its "dying sport" still has legs and glamour, too. Thoroughbred racing's just-concluded world championships definitely have the best-dressed crowd at any sporting event.
One look around the packed Santa Anita paddock and clubhouse Friday and Saturday in Arcadia confirmed that horse racing is bringing in new fans who come for the party as much as the ponies. In fedoras and flirty hats, thousands of 20- and 30-somethings toasted the winners while looking like swells.
Over two days, almost 90,000 fans turned out to see the Cup. Millions more watched on TV. The first prime-time telecast of Saturday's $5 million Classic, America's richest race, drew a 2.2 overnight Nielsen rating, almost double last year's 1.2.
In another upward indicator, national wagering already surpassed $9.2 billion this year, up 2 percent from 2011, as racing continues to rebound from the recession. Fans bet more than $144 million on Cup weekend.
If those Cup fans cashed some tickets, they'll be back. Next year's Breeders' Cup will be at Santa Anita, too.
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