All for one and one for all is the theme for this year’s edition of the Breeders Cup around the Las Vegas area.
Station Casinos and Coast Casinos are offering nice promotions at each of their venues for Saturday’s edition of thoroughbred racing’s version of a national championship.
"We are having six to eight betting windows in our big room upstairs, which holds 400 to 500 people," said Eddie Ricca, race and sports director at Suncoast. "We (Barbary, Orleans, Gold Coast) are all doing pretty much the same thing. There will be comp refreshments, free T-shirts for every $20 Breeders Cup wager or with tickets to the party."
The Coast venues will open at 7 a.m. and go until the end of the night racing programs (10-10:30 p.m.). The ballroom party lasts from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.
"We have partied here for the Cup since 1996 and it has become a tradition," Ricca said. "It should be another madhouse."
Station Casinos (Palace, Boulder, Texas, Sunset, Santa Fe, Green Valley Ranch and Fiesta Rancho), is giving away an official 2004 Breeders Cup Hat with a mininum $20 wager on race day.
One hat will be available per person, while the supply lasts. Customers must be at least 21 years of age. Arizona Charlie’s (Decatur and Boulder), The Las Vegas Hilton and Bally’s have also been horse racing venues that have played up the Breeders Cup in the past.
Bally’s will be holding a Breeders Cup seminar this Friday at 7 p.m., featuring panelists Ralph Siraco, Lauren Stitch, Dave Tuley and Richard Eng. Famed jockey Laffit Pincay, Jr., is slated to be the special guest panelist. Call-ins are scheduled from John Valasquez Jr., Steve Christ, Brad Free and Mike Watchmaker.
Also on hand will be renowned equine artist Fred Stone, who will display some of his arts and prints.
The seminar will be broadcast locally on 1400 AM radio or on the internet at DRF.com, the Daily Racing Form website.