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The Breeder's Cup Brings Out Big Names, Beautiful People and Bloggers

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On Saturday, the gorgeous grounds of Santa Anita Park in Arcadia hosted sports' second richest day, the Breeder's Cup. Over $17 million in prize money was handed out on Saturday, which is about $16.5 million more than you'd typically find being handed out on pretty much any other Saturday in Santa Anita.

The Breeder's Cup, however, is not like any other Saturday at the track. Typical Saturdays at the track do not bring out the big names like Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Kurt Russell and Pierce Brosnan, or the beautiful people like Bo Derek, Jennie Finch, Jamie-Lynn Sigler and countless other good-looking females.

Walking among those big names and beautiful people, you'd find yours truly - a blogger. What was a blogger doing present on a day where seats were going for $200, and guys clad in suit and tie in the 90 degree Arcadia sun was the norm? I was a guest of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), that's why.

While Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is busy kicking bloggers out of his team's press box, NTRA's CEO Alex Waldrop is inviting bloggers to not only come to their events, he's also inviting them to help change the sport. Alex who also blogs on the NTRA Web site, took some time away from one of the biggest days in his sport to speak with us. Seriously, the commissioner of a sport was happy to talk to us. Where you at David Stern?