Breeders’ Cup 1936

“The first meeting of the committee for forming plans for international racing between American-, English-, and French-owned horses was held in the office of Col. Matt J. Winn, executive director of Churchill Downs, Inc., today.

Under the plans outlined by Mr. Swope, there would be a race for three-year-olds and one for four-year-olds and upward. The first of the races would be stated at the Belmont Park fall meeting, the second at Latonia, and the third at Hialeah or Santa Anita.” – Daily Racing Form, 05/04/1936

Daily Racing Form, 05/04/1936

From the article it’s unclear if one race would be for 3-year-olds, one for 4-year-old and ups, and one as a ‘to be determined’ wild card, or if there would be three races for 3-year-olds and then three for the olders. There were definitely some issues to work out, but had there not been war on the horizon, I wonder if this plan would have been enacted in some capacity.


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